Herberg Onder de Linden has been renowned for many years in the north of the Netherlands. The tiny village of Aduard, with a population of around 2,000, grew around a Cistercian monastery founded in 1192. The village isn’t far from the city of Groningen, yet it is in the middle of the countryside where the night sky is full of stars. During the day the inn is one of the most characteristic buildings in the historic village.
The hotel is a wonderful place to stay on a romantic break, and the food is delicious. When Steven and Tanja Klein Nijenhuis took over the inn in 2016, they transferred the Michelin Star they were awarded to their previous restaurant. This dynamic duo has given the décor a complete overhaul – it used to be classic, but is now stylish contemporary with an emphasis on elegance and comfort. Overnight stay only available in combination with dinner.
Steven Klein Nijenhuis, the talented young chef, only cooks with the finest ingredients and uses them with great refinement. The result is a set menu – there’s no à la carte – with exclusively original dishes and striking flavours. Steven never plays safe, and every dish is surprising and memorable. His modern style of cuisine has clear Asian influences, and is brimming with creativity. The waiting staff not only have an excellent knowledge of everything on the plate and what goes on in the kitchen, but are friendly and relaxed. What more could you ask for?
The lounge, with its open fire and comfortable armchairs and sofas, is ideal for a drink before or after dinner, and it makes a fine place to relax at any time of the day.
Restaurant Herberg Onder de Linden is open from Wednesday until Sunday from 18:00-21:30. Lunch is available by reservation only.
As soon as you step out onto the spacious terrace, you feel like you’re in a different world. Bordered by the flower and vegetable gardens, the terrace is a place to enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside.
Groningen, packed with cultural attractions, is just a ten-minute drive from the hotel. In Aduard, an app on your phone will take you on a two-kilometre walking tour to explore the historical interest of the village. The walk sets off from the monastery museum, St Bernardushof Kloostermuseum Aduard. The area is lovely for cycling or walking, and the coastal village of Lauwersoog on the Wadden Sea is half an hour away by car.