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Fresh organic meals at the beach TEXT: THESSA LAGEMAN | PHOTOS: BEACH PAVILION DE KWARTEL

This is not an ordinary beach restaurant. It is a sustainable oasis in a quiet part of Scheveningen beach. Here you can enjoy delicious organic dishes from the charcoal oven, drink a tasty cappuccino or choose from over 150 wines while enjoying a spectacular view of the sunset and clear blue sea. A short walk through dunes in the beautiful Westduinpark brings you to Beach Pavilion De Kwartel. Here you can taste affordable, highquality food that is served with a smile. It is no surprise that the southern part of the beach, where this restaurant is located, is often called the Stille Strand - the ‘silent beach’. Open daily from 9am till 12pm, come here for a good breakfast, a tasty lunch or a very special dinner. “People love the flavours of our organic meat from Spain and the freshly caught fish,” says owner Ed de Block. He adds that their fresh vegetables come straight from

Europe’s largest city farm UrbanFarmers on the rooftop of a building in The Hague. The beach pavilion has the largest wine selection on the coast. “Some of our wines are more than 40 years old,” the owner enthuses. In addition, 25 special beers are served. Not only is the food sustainable, the building is as well. It is decorated with natural materials, such as wood, and there are solar panels on the roof. “We are proud to be an official Green Key location, the international quality mark for sustainable businesses,” smiles De Block. www.dekwartel.nl/en

The Hague is best enjoyed with a Kompaan TEXT: KOEN GUIKING AND CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: KOMPAAN BIER

Microbrewery Kompaan from The Hague was founded by two friends: Jasper Langbroek and Jeroen van Ditmarsch. All their beers have names that refer to different types of pals, buddies, companions, comrades; you get the idea. “Our bestseller is the Bondgenoot (ally). That is a blonde beer with lots of hops. With 5.2 per cent alcohol it is lighter than our other beers, which means you can drink more of it. That is probably why we sell it the most,” brewer Jasper Langbroek says with a smile. Each beer is aptly named after its characteristics. For instance, Bloedbroeder (blood brother) has a bit of red port running through its veins. 50 | Issue 33 | September 2016

“This stout with nine per cent alcohol is a reliable but temperamental fellow,” Langbroek proclaims. Handlanger (accomplice), on the other hand, is a dangerous chap. “It contains 8.2 per cent alcohol but doesn’t taste that way, which makes it easy to get carried away.” All of Kompaan’s brews, from the regulars to the special editions these craftsmen frequently come up with, are excellent. Over a hundred bars in The Hague stock Kompaan beer, but the best place to enjoy this brand is at the brewery. Kompaan’s beer bar, with 20 craft beers on tap and excellent slow-cooked barbecue meals, is open from Thursday to Sunday. The terrace is on the quay, so many customers dock their boats here. The Bloedbroeder festival with BIG beers from Imperial Stouts Barrel aged to Sours and Tripel IPA’s is planned for 22 October, accompanied by all-night music by local bands. www.kompaanbier.nl

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Discover Benelux, Issue 33, September 2016  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Discover Benelux, Issue 33, September 2016  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.