On the bank of the Simoa River lies our traditional eatery, the Barrelmakers' Inn. Here you can enjoy our wide selection of homemade lunch and dinner dishes, which have been with us for more than 40 years.
With the main kitchen just a stone’s throw away, ingredients do not have far to travel to be turned into delicious meals. The Barrelmakers’ Inn has a varied menu in which traditional dishes feature strongly. We have been developing and refining our herring dishes ever since we opened in 1978. Stews and sour cream porridge are popular dishes, both on warm summer days and the chill of autumn. And for many people, it has become a tradition to have a buttery ‘lefsekling’ flatbread with their cup of coffee. We bake almost fifteen thousand of these every year, all to the same recipe that we have been using since 1978. Our cream cake made from home-made sponge with strawberry jam is also popular.
When cobalt pigment production was at its peak in the 1800s, these buildings were not used for serving food. At that time, they were actually two separate buildings. The bigger of the two was the cooperage, and the smaller was the smithy. The barrels made in the cooperage were used as containers for the cobalt pigment, which was shipped all over the world.
The Barrelmakers’ Inn serves thousands of visitors every year. Relaxing on our outside terrace in summer, in the beautiful green surroundings, is a memory on which many people look back fondly. If the weather isn’t so cooperative, or during our Christmas season, we have a cosy seating area inside, which also gives you a chance to enjoy your food surrounded by paintings by famous artists who have been inspired by the local area. At the Cobalt Works, we can also serve groups from 15-320 people in historic surroundings.