Ansnes Brygger: Delicious seafood and unique coastal experiences
Text : Ingrid Opstad | Photos: Vindfang Reklame
Norway’s cold and clear waters are home to what is among the world’s best seafood. Nothing beats the taste of seafood that has just been caught to be experienced at its finest and freshest, and at Hitra in Trøndelag, you can do just that. Offering delicious seafood, unique coastal experiences, comfortable accommodation and so much more, Ansnes Brygger invites you to unforgettable moments on the Norwegian coast.
“We’re located bang ‘in the middle of the food platter’, as we say in Norway, meaning we’re surrounded by fresh produce, so it’s hard to find seafood that is fresher than that you get here,” says manager Ola Sirus Skjåk-Bræk.
With a focus on offering delicious food and great coastal experiences, at Ansnes Brygger you can enjoy local, Norwegian ingredients in an exciting and tasty way. “Our à la carte consists of everything from simple lunch dishes to delicious main courses, which vary according to the season’s availability, since most incredients are locally sourced. As one of Norway’s largest seafood restaurants, when it comes to fresh seafood, we always have fish and seafood on the menu,” he says, adding: “We are so lucky to have HitraMat, which is Norway’s leading producer of brown crab, as our nearest neighbour.”
“One of our most spectacular dishes is ‘havets festbord’, a seafood extravaganza brought straight out to the table along with plenty of small side plates – a truly unique, unforgettable fine-dining experience for groups of seafood lovers,” he says. A best-seller in the summer months is the seafood box, full of fresh shellfish such as shrimp, crab, sea crayfish and mussels, served at the tables outside, right by the sea, with the most spectacular view of the Norwegian nature.
The chefs have a genuine passion for, and interest in, food and drink culture, which has resulted in their very own micro-brewery on the premises. Here, visitors have the opportunity to taste and learn more about the 17 different beers produced, or get tips for their own beer production by attending a class. “With our ‘Øl-hopping’ (‘beer hopping’) boat trips, you can now also visit three micro-breweries around the area in one day. It is a great experience for stag parties or groups of friends who love beer,” Skjåk-Bræk explains.
With the newly acquired Hopsjøbrygga, one of Trøndelag’s largest trading sites in the 17th and 18th centuries, Skjåk-Bræk and his team have recently opened a new restaurant offering local food from the coastal region. “The goal is to serve hearty, home-cooked meals, deeply rooted in traditions in beautiful, historic surroundings – a place you can eat local food while also experiencing concerts and events,” he says.
Besides this, Ansnes Brygger now also serves food at Hamna Gård, a farm perfect for meetings, conferences, private parties and other events, or simply for relaxing with friends. “Whether you are here to hunt, fish or hike during the day,afterwards you can enjoy good food and drinks and have a pleasant time at the farm in cosy surroundings.”
Unforgettable experiences on land and at sea
With its stunning nature and thriving tourism, Hitra in Trøndelag is an idyllic location you will never forget. The archipelago, consisting of 2,500 islands, islets and skerries, has become a very popular holiday destination. Here, at Ansnes Brygger, you can eat well and sleep soundly, all while experiencing the adventures this exciting area of Norway presents. Its mighty nature offers fantastic opportunities both on land and at sea. Guided tours, hunting, fishing, water sports – only your imagination sets limits.
“The most popular activity is the fast and thrilling RIB boat trips – a great way to observe sea eagles, whales and other wildlife creatures up close in the impressive nature,” says Skjåk-Bræk. Offering everything from short trips to just outside Ansnes, to half- or full-day trips, for instance to Øyrekka outside Frøya, tourists get the chance to efficiently discover all the idyllic hidden gems the area has to offer. “With our new boat, which is built to withstand demanding weather conditions, the trips are even more comfortable. It runs very fast, but unlike normal RIB boats, it has a roof so you can stay dry, warm and comfortable when you join us out at sea,” he smiles.
Food festival and fun
During the summer season, the area of Hitra offers plenty of activities and events for the whole family, such as concerts and festivals. Skjåk-Bræk believes it is an excellent area for foodies who are after quality products, with everything from seafood, meat and cheese to vegetables produced locally. “The big highlight of the summer is Hitra Food Festival, which takes place on 24 and 25 June. It is a chance to discover great products from local vendors; join in on exciting activities for young and old, like cooking classes; and taste an array of delicious flavours!” The popular food festival, which is in its second year running, is part of a yearly event happening in the area, called Sommer-Fillan.
“We offer varied activities and programmes for companies, family holiday-goers and groups of friends all year round. There is something for everyone to do here,” says Skjåk-Bræk. With bright and pleasant apartments available right on the seafront, Ansnes Brygger is also a great place to unwind after an eventful day.
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