The Broederenklooster is a former monastery and one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Zutphen. It’s a place to lose yourself in a history stretching back to the 13th century – and with a chef who was once Switzerland’s youngest to earn a Michelin star. Relax in one of the guestrooms in what was once the dormitory, now equipped with every modern comfort. Explore picturesque Zutphen, sip regional beers in the Beer Bar, savour the excellent gin collection in the Gin Bar or head down to the medieval wine cellar for a wine or food tasting.
With chef Niels Minkman you can sample the finest produce from the region and far beyond. In the Grand Café he cooks in an open kitchen surrounded by his guests. The former library, the 13th century sacristy (where vestments were kept) and the refectory (dining room) dating from 1485 are perfect for larger groups or as a venue for business meetings. The meadowlands along the banks of the river IJssel are a delight for walkers or cyclists.
Chef Niels Minkman, together with his namesake Niels van Dooijeweert, is in charge of the kitchen. In Switzerland, Minkman won a Michelin star when he was still very young, and after his return to the Netherlands, he caused a sensation with his restaurant Het Oude Gemeentehuis. The menu features classics in surprising and innovative combinations, such as tuna, crab and oyster and goose liver with cherries, or sweetbreads with green asparagus, or skate wing with beurre noisette.
The restaurant is opened daily from 12.00h - 21.00h.
Although it’s in the middle of the city centre, Broederenklooster Hotel has a spacious terrace surrounded by a contemporary monastery garden which supplies fragrant herbs for the kitchen. With its quiet location, the terrace is an ideal place to unwind, or have lunch or dinner in summer. Gin lovers can enjoy a surprising choice from the fine gin collection, for which the hotel is renowned.
Zutphen is a place to explore on foot, and it’s easy to find your way around. Everywhere you see evidence of this Hanseatic city’s glorious past, with stepped gables in colourful alleyways, centuries-old churches and the landmark tower of the 17th-century Wijnhuistoren. Tempting bookshops, well-stocked antique shops and stylish boutiques abound. It’s a city to fall in love with, a treasure chest holding everything that makes life pleasurable.
You don’t have to go far for some fresh air: just put on your walking shoes or hop on a bike and explore the landscape along the river IJssel. Stop off for a rest at one of the artisan bakeries along the way and enjoy a homemade speciality. A top local tip is Museum MORE in Gorssel, just 15 minutes by car from the hotel, which has the largest collection of Dutch modern realism. Zutphen is centrally located between Apeldoorn and the Hanseatic cities of Deventer and Doesburg. Engelenburg Castle (15 minutes by car) is the Broederenklooster’s big sister and also a QL Hotel. Enquire at one of the hotels about the possibilities to enjoy the best of both worlds.