Everyone loves a good place to eat and relax so today inspiration brings to you the Hex Restaurant in Oudewater, Netherlands, a beautiful quiet place with a space that inspired us. The owner of the restaurant is the Dutch chef Annemiek Wils’ and it takes its name from the women who sat trial as witches in the building next door in the 16th century.
Happily, there is no grisly end to the tale – it appears the town was the only place in Europe that gave ‘witches’ a fair trial, so none of the accused were ever convicted.
Wils works her own brand of magic in the classic four-story, the dark-bricked townhouse whose bright and lofty interiors have been reimagined by Studio Piet Boon. In particular, dark stone floors provide a handsome canvas on which is layered a garden wall that frames the conservatory, deeply set banquettes, and marble tabletops, all wrapped in a light yellow color scheme inspired by the hemp ropes traditionally produced in the town.
In the kitchen, Wils adds organic produce to eastern Indian cherries, leeks, and beet from her vegetable garden, alongside locally sourced meats, bread, and cheese. The menu changes every six weeks, a sly reference to the witches’ calendar apparently, with current crowd-pleasers including gazpacho hit with roasted watermelon and crab, and tenderloin tartar paired with herring mousse, and razor clams flash charred in the Josper oven.
Hex Restaurant it’s a harmony place to eat and spend awhile relax with friends, places like this inspire us, don’t you think?