(October 2020) This week my husband and I went to Værtshuset in Bærums Verk to celebrate our anniversary and to check off one of the places from my MUST DO list along my SOHOMEETSOSLO journey. This lovely inn and stable is part of the De Historiske collection and holds the distinction of being Norway`s oldest restaurant. Hidden away on the outer limits of the Sculpture Park of Bærums Verk located on the reimagined grounds of the former Ironworks; this is a perfect restaurant for a romantic lunch, birthday dinner or special family occasion. In mid 1600s, Værtshuset was formally a pub and an inn conveniently located along the original road between Oslo and Bergen which presented a perfect place for travelers to stop on their tiresome journey. It also fed and provided drink for the many ironworkers in this community during this time.
Inside the restaurant, there are a handful of cozy rooms upstairs and down for intimate gatherings. Run by Ulla and Bob Laycock, Værtshuset features a seasonal menu highlighting the best of autumnal produce, in season local game and of course freshly caught fish. Currently there is a chanterelle soup and a moose carpaccio on the menu. The food is contemporary and homey, one might say modern rustic with wine pairings to match, if you choose. It’s a wonderful cross between classic Norwegian cuisine and upmarket British gastropub.
Oh, I almost forgot since bread is never really my thing… they best havrebrød going! Worth a trip for the bread and butter but you will want to look at the full menu!