A welcoming restaurant with very kind staff who can take a joke and make a little small talk. The restaurant is named after the previous owner Gerrie, a 'household name' that remains unchanged after 30 years. The current cook Roelien keeps up the good quality, homely food.
We paid 51 euro for a dinner for 2 (main and dessert, coffee, drinks).
Favorite Dish: The 'Schweinehaxe', a pork knee, crispy skin and luscious, soft meat inside. A rather big thing, accompanied by fried potatoes, salad and whatever vegetable available (in this case it was chicory with a bit of ham and melted cheese).
The Wiener schnitzel was also rather good. Not at all greasy, with nice juicy pork and also quite large.
There are various ice cream desserts of which 'Koele Boer' (Cold Farmer) is a favourite: a scoop of vanilla icecream, combined with soft ice and a generous helping of raisins soaked in brandy (also known as 'boerenjongens').
As long as I can remember, I know the local cafe Hofsteenge in Grolloo. In the 60s it was the habitual cafe of Cuby & the Blizzards.
You can have a beer or other drink in the cafe or at the terrace. You can also eat here, but I never did.
There is a large hall for weddings and parties, like many local cafes have in the villages. In the past I visited this hall for conferences, receptions and wedding parties.
In this hall also music bands come to play their live music regularly, but the event of the year is the concert of Cuby & the Blizzards.
Harry Muskee or Cuby lived and worked with his Blizzards in Grolloo in the 60s in an old farmhouse. Every year he comes back to Grolloo, to play the blues with his band in his former habitual cafe Hofsteenge.
He plays and sings a lot of old songs too, like just for a fun (about Grolloo), distant smile, window of my eyes and many more.
As Harry himself, most of the audience is growing older and older and some bring their kids.
Opposite Hofsteenge you can find his statue, showing his head with hat.
Dress Code: Very casual. You see a lot of jeans and T-shirts. Black seems to be the favourite colour.
The juniper or ''Juniperus communis'' is very characteristic for the Dutch heatherfields and blowing sands. The juniper is protected and is threatened to become extinct in the Netherlands within 20 years, if nothing will change. This is what Alterra, a research Institute from Wageningen, the town of the Agricultural University, reported.
The Juniper can reach an age of 80 to 120 years. The last populations of the junipers in Brabant, Gelderland and Drenthe are rather old. There are hardly bushes younger than 60 years old. The most seeds don't have enough germinal force, because there is lack of the right dynamics of the soil.
At Landgoed "De Berenkuil'' in Grolloo you can also find a protected population of old junipers. Luckily there are a lot of young ones here, cherished by the owners of the landgoed.
Since I am a bell ringer myself, I am always interested to find other ringing bells, such as the very old one in Grolloo. This bell is from the year 1422, that's almost 600 years old. Can you imagine?
It is rung every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, and during church service at certain moments, and when someone from the village has died.