RESTAURANT BENTINCK | Amerongen

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Adaptive reuse is everywhere, and in the most unlikely places.

I never really got into coffee – Starbucks doesn’t count after all – until I started working here in Europe. My first job inhabited an entirely different level of tedium, I needed all the help I could just to keep at it. Thankfully, I kept reading more and more about how coffee was good for me so it became part of my routine and pretty much became my drink of choice when I went out. I’m almost sure the butter cookie that always came with it has a little bit to do with that. And unlike everywhere else, it was only here in Europe that I found drinking a cup would be a delicious learning experience in the process. Useless information that it may be, thanks to the almighty power of caffeine, I’m quite sure from now on that I’ll remember this one tiny tidbit – that Scandinavians have everyone else beat when it comes to enjoying a cuppa joe.

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Where horses used to fearlessly tread, the one and only restaurant inside the castle grounds in Amerongen began its life as a horse stable — and it showed. Despite the modern elements everywhere, it was clear the extra-long table we sat ourselves down at was used as a pony condo of sorts. The horsehead hanging over our table pretty much confirming that theory. After years of living and learning, and living and learning some more, whenever I find myself eating out, I now appreciate the architecture more than the food – it’s saved me from frustration and heartache more times than I can count. Not saying the food here is terrible (which I used to say a lot until recently), it’s just not the highlight. Which is a shame considering how nice the surroundings are.

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