The Netherlands is made up of twelve very distinctive provinces, the smallest and least populous of which is Zeeland. This beautiful and remote province is located in the south-west of the country, bordering North Brabant to the east, South Holland to the north, and Belgium to the south and west. It offers its visitors vast sweeping dunes, dramatic sea view walks and the most delicious produce from both the sea and the land.
Cuisine in Zeeland
Zeeland’s dramatic 650 kms of North Sea coastline, which resemble fingers on a map, mean it is the perfect location for discovering all of the fruits of the sea, in particular oysters, lobster, shrimps and mussels. As well as this delicious seafood Zeeland is also popular for Brussel sprouts, asparagus, lamb and cheese, making it a real foodie destination.
Sightseeing in Zeeland
Zeeland is known for its Deltawerken and the Oosterscheldekering, the largest of the Delta Works, is its most famous. It is a series of dams and storm surge barriers designed to protect the Netherlands from flooding from the North Sea. Besides this, Zeeland has impressive castles, churches, special lighthouses and monumental buildings all over, for visitors to soak up the atmosphere. It is also the perfect region for walkers as you traverse over high dune tops, along wide beaches and through quaint old villages and towns.
JRE Chefs cooking up a storm in Zeeland
With all the amazing fresh produce from the sea and the land in Zeeland it is not surprising that it’s a veritable haven for young up and coming chefs. There are several notable restaurants and we at JRE are excited to have them as our members and are certain that you will love them as much as we do as you explore everything that Zeeland has to offer.
The beautiful restaurant Scherp, located in Middelburg, is run by chef Mart and hostess Dhani Scherp. Mart is ambassador of the delicious Dutch Yellowtail called the Kingfish, one of the most sustainably fished fish in the world, which we urge you to try. Unsurprisingly he loves to work with the local produce he finds at his fingertips.
The unique location in the harbour of Breskens sees the restaurant Spetters, with chef Laurent Smallegange offering stunning views of the ‘’Westerschelde estuary. Laurent also has a passion for local produce which he combines with distinctive international influences.
For traditional Zeeland flavours and dishes look no further than Restaurant ‘t Vlasbloemeken with chef Eric van Bochove and sommelier Bianca van Bochove at the helm. Eric and Bianca serve all the best from sea and field in a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere which visitors and locals alike have come to expect of the beautiful Zeeland.