Delicious food in beautiful surroundings
TEXT: JOSEFINE OLDER STEFFENSEN | PHOTOS © RASMUS PEDERSEN & JENS JØRGENSEN
Ribe is probably one of Denmark’s most beautiful towns, with historic buildings, cobbled streets and plenty of things to do and see. Restaurant Sælhunden is found in a 17th century listed building and serves high-quality, traditional Danish dishes, which are loved by both locals and visitors alike.
The restaurant is cosy, with space for around 50, divided between two rooms. In the summer, the capacity is doubled as tables are put out by the river and in the sun-filled courtyard. “The restaurant has retained its charm and it feels a bit like stepping back in time when you enter,” explains owner Rinda Klausen.
Importantly, the food that is served is of the highest quality. “We get fresh fish delivered to us three to four times a week, and we’d much rather say that we’ve run out of something than serve something with substandard ingredients,” Klausen says.
Part of the community
The restaurant has been at the centre of the community for many years and was once a pub, prior to being converted into a restaurant in 1989. Throughout the years, it has served the local community, and the walls and tables are decorated with pictures of locals. “When I started running the restaurant, there were two freedom fighters who would come in three times a week for what they called the ‘Tuesday Club’. They were presidents of the club and, ever since, we’ve had the president’s table,” Klausen says with a smile.
Restaurant Sælhunden also has two bedrooms for visitors to Ribe, with breakfast included and served either in the room or by the river. The restaurant also hosts fish evenings, where the chef creates a six-course menu with new and exciting dishes; an event that is always popular.
Whether you are visiting Ribe or a local, a visit to Restaurant Sælhunden is a must. It is the perfect place to sample some Danish delicacies after a day spent exploring the city, the seaside or one of the many local events. Klausen does everything to make you feel welcome as soon as you step through the door.
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