Discover Benelux, Issue 27, March 2016

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Discover Benelux | Explore Den Bosch | Eat, Drink & Discover

A truly English restaurant in the Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch


apple crumble is definitely worth a try. They also offer the typical ‘Bossche bol’ (a dough ball filled with cream and topped with the finest chocolate).

In the beautiful and historic centre of ’s-Hertogenbosch, at the foot of St. John’s Cathedral, you will find an extraordinary place: Pilkington’s exudes the nostalgic atmosphere and charm of the English countryside in the heart of the Netherlands. As the only restaurant in the vicinity of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Pilkington’s serves a true English High Tea and High Wine found only in the best English restaurants. Everything is made at its own bakery. Inspired by traditional recipes, its patissier makes the most delicious scones, cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, brownies and cherry cheesecake. Pilkington’s famous

The restaurant is housed in a former monastery and has a lovely courtyard where guests can enjoy their lunch or dinner. “Especially during spring and summer the courtyard is a wonderful place to enjoy the best High Tea and High Wines, with great sweets and pies,” says Bart Derks, owner of Pilkington’s. “We specialise in English patisserie, but we also have one of the largest collections of gins and whiskeys in the city, and we serve delicious snacks with them.” Pilkington’s was established in 1990, but recently underwent a significant renovation. The atmosphere of an English country house has been transformed into a London city ambiance but without losing the overall relaxed, quiet, yet chic and elegant feel throughout the restaurant.

A day in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is not complete without lunch or dinner at Pilkington’s.


Do you know how Carnival originated, how it was celebrated through the ages and how it became the event we know today? You will find all the answers about the ‘fifth season’ at the unique Oeteldonks Gemintemuzejum.

carnival celebrations, changes its name to ‘Oeteldonk’ for the three days of Carnival.

The museum in Den Bosch, founded in 1999, provides a wealth of information and objects for Carnival enthusiasts. A team of 44 volunteers have created a truly magical experience that cannot be missed. It is located in the restored medieval gatehouse of the Sisters of Orthenpoort Monastery, overlooking the idyllic downtown river the Binnendieze.

Van Heeswijk: “Come and escape into the vibrant, joyful world of Carnival or experience the dark moments of this bright and happy festival. We have tour guides who explain the different aspects of Carnival culture but of course everyone is welcome to wander around and enjoy this unique experience, listen to different carnival music and get inspired by the colourful history of carnival costumes, from antiquity through the baroque era to modern times.”

Co-organiser Bert van Heeswijk says: “Discover the history of Carnival from its beginnings to the present day. Our museum boasts a wide variety of exhibits from the background of Carnival Oeteldonk in Den Bosch to the colourful history of Carnival in Germany, and the Caribbean.” Den Bosch, which is known for its exuberant

The Oeteldonks Gemintemuzejum is the largest and most modern museum of its kind in the Netherlands. During the summer months the museum offers thematic exhibitions. “The next one will revolve around the anniversary of the death of painter Jheronimus Bosch,” Van Heeswijk comments.

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