Café - Restaurant Vedder: Vedder, a place with horse parking!
We visited the outdoor terrace of the Café Vedder one afternoon after a lovely walk in the area. The Cafe Vedder is situated in the country side, so to speak, off the beaten path from the tourist point of view. There are lovely walks in the Gasmert area above the Versetalsperre.
Service was attentive and friendly. I ordered a "Windbeutel" (Euro 4.65) and a milk coffee which come in a big cup (Euro 3.45). The Windbeutel is a fluffy pastry which comes in this area with a sour cherry sauce and whipped cream. It was awesome!
The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday. They have plenty of parking available, even for horse as there is a horse parking :-) Part of the parking is also used by hikers and there is a map hanging by the parking with the hiking routes.
The Gasthaus Neuemuehle is located at a crossroads in the middle of no-where, well not quite. But it's in a quiet part of the Sauerland still located within the community of Herscheid. One way from here goes uphill to the Fuerwigge dam which is a popular hiking/jogging round at 4,1 km. Then you are close to Herscheid itself and the Ebbegebirge with the Nordhelle hiking area where the 30 km Herscheider Weg (a circular route) passes and the Sauerleander Hoehenflug which is another long distance hiking path. And the other direction takes you to the Versetalsperre (Verse dam) and Luedenscheid the nearest bigger town with rail connection.
The Gasthaus is run by the Pieper family in the 3rd generation and we visited here one Sunday afternoon. The main café/restaurant section was full but there are two more rooms. So the place is also suited for catering to birthdays etc. The Gasthaus is also a hotel with 3 twin rooms and a single room.
In summer there is also an outdoor seating area. Service was very friendly. If you want to have a proper meal then there is plenty to choose from like a variety of Schnitzel, fish, soups etc.
Please note that from spring to autumn you may get here by the "Wanderbus" on a Sunday afternoon from Luedenscheid (line 252).
Favorite Dish: When we visited in October 2012 I opted for a giant "Windbeutel" which came with a cherry sauce and it was giant in my eyes. I didn't expect such a huge portion at Euro 4.30. It was yummy and they are made fresh on a daily basis. A glass of tea with lemon or milk was Euro 1.90 and the apple pie with cream came at Euro 2.60.
The Herscheider Muehle is located outside the town of Herscheid on the way to Werdohl but still close to Herscheid. Mind you, you cannot walk there along the country road simply because there is no sidepath and I wouldn't recommend it either. You could take the bus to "Hardt" and then walk down the L879 country road.
The Herscheider Muehle is situated in a lovely valley, in a quiet place with ample parking. In the warm season you can sit outside as we did for our ice cream. I haven't actually checked out the interior but it is likely to be rustic and cosy. It is a family run enterprise. The Alberts family first started the Hotel Restaurant in 1824.
Sirringhaus: Konditorei Café
This café with yummy local pastries etc. is very popular with the older people. Its speciality are the Herscheider Bergspitzen made of chocolate. The Konditorei was founded in 1890.
Since one of the bakeries closed there are now only two places were to buy fresh buns on a Sunday morning and the Sirringhaus is one of them. I've tasted several ones and they are nice.
Star Grill & Pizzeria: Local Fast Food
Here you can eat all the unhealthy things that you are craving for. They do pizzas, Turkish fast food dishes and the usual sausage, hamburger, fries variety. They have about four seats and it's mostly take away business. They also deliver during certain times of the day.
Favorite Dish: I tried the Bratwurst and fries which were very yummy.
Gasthaus zur Oestertalsperre: Take a break
This restaurant caters to the visitors of the Oestertalsperre near Plettenberg. You can take a rest here after your walk/hike. The Gasthof was built from the remains of the dam construction. You can have just a drink or a full meal here. From some table you have a view over the dam and lake. Prices are resonable. Closed on Mondays.
Damianos: Italian food
There is more than just pizza to it. But I have tasted the pizza which comes in several sizes. They also have a delivery service. In summer you can sit outside too.
Tuesday is closed.
Otherwise opening times are: 12.00-14.30 and 17.00-22.30
Last delivery order is taken half an hour before closing times.
Prices are less than 10 Euros for smaller sizes, bigger ones are of course more expensive.
Gelateria Fattorel: Yummy ice cream
I have tasted this Italian ice cream and it's really great. You can take it away or eat it standing inside at tables and have a whole variety of coupes. The place is closed during the 3 winter months because the people spend them in sunny Italy.
There was this coffeehouse that I’ve been told that is open only in the summer. Italian family owns it and in the winter they go back to Italy.
Hurray the EU, the system works well for this family.
Favorite Dish: Coffee was not so, but the Italian icecream was great:)