Discover Benelux, Issue 39, March 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Zeeland  |  Schouwen-Duiveland Highlights

Seafood with a view TEXT: DAAN APPELS  |  PHOTOS: MARION SNIJDER

In the heart of the province of Zeeland, at the edge of Oosterschelde National Park, Restaurant De Heerenkeet offers the most Dutch experience possible. Oosterschelde is a park with a surface area covered 90 per cent by water and is known as ‘birds’ boulevard’ because of the thousands of birds that live there. On top of that, De Heerenkeet, which was built in 1763, is possibly the only restaurant in the Netherlands that is built outside of a dyke. The view is stunning, especially in windy weather when you see the roughness of nature right before your eyes. Within the family, ‘mom’ Marion Snijder is passionately and certifiably governing the wine business. She visits the wine fields in Portugal, France and New Zealand to select the wines herself. “It is the only product that we get from further away. The rest we find literally in our own backyard. We use vegetables straight from the garden. For decades, our specialty

has been seafood, which we find in our other garden: the Oosterschelde.” The family’s own fish shop delivers the lobsters, oysters and other typical and local specialties. After a nice walk or bike ride through a beautiful natural area, De Heerenkeet treats its tired clients’ taste buds with the respect they deserve.

De Heerenkeet opens weekdays 11am - 9pm and weekends 10am - 9pm. It is located on the south coast of Schouwen-Duiveland, an island between Hoek van Holland and Brussels. It is also easily reachable by car from Amsterdam. Address: Boogerdweg 1 in Kerkwerve. Tel: +31 111 671 279 www.deheerenkeet.nl