Belvoir Park is the hotel and restaurant training school in Zurich. I’m pretty sure the guys who work here have already reached a good level before they decided to let them loose on the public because everyone we came across greeted us with a smile and a hello, service was excellent and nothing appeared to be too much effort.
They were happy to answer questions and looked like they were genuinely happy to be there… which was like a breath of fresh air.
We have eaten here before in the evening when the whole building is beautifully illuminated. there is a lovely atmosphere inside this stunning building which also plays host to all kinds of events from corporate dinners to weddings.
We arrived on a sunny Saturday afternoon and enjoyed the shade in on the terrace. It was a beautiful day and the terrace was a little hot but we didn't mind too much...
The lunch was either A La Carte or buffet. We all decided to choose the buffet option as there was a good selection available as you can see from the photos....
The food is quite traditional, smoked salmon, beef tartare, salads, mozzarella, parma ham etc for starters and the mains were roast beef, veal, or lamb, served with roti or gratin potatoes and vegetables. Everything was really delicious, well presented, well cooked and so good that we went back several times for more helpings... ahh the beauty of the buffet !!!
Desserts are brought to the table on a big trolly. Again, quite traditional for example - creme slice, chocolate cake, strawberry tart, mixed fruit and carrot cake... and again, everything was just perfectly presented and tasted delicious... and the best bit... you can select several desserts... so we all got to try exactly what we wanted with no 'sharing' issues...
We had a thoroughly fabulous afternoon... 3 hours.. eating wonderful food and drinking delicious wine in a lovely setting on a beautiful summer day in Zurich. We rolled away and didn't eat for the rest of the day......
I would highly recommend a visit to Belvoir Park to anyone without any hesitation....
Belvoirpark Hotelfachschule Zürich
Telefon +41 44 286 88 11
I discovered my local farm shop almost a year ago. It literally changed my everyday life as there are no more trips to Coop/Migros for fruit and vegetables for me. Whenever possible I buy everything straight from the local farmer. Freshly grown vegetables, herbs, eggs, milk, cheese and even salad dressings (they make this weekly from their own vegetables) all come from the little wooden hut next to my local farm house.
I have a standing order for the bread they make at weekends which is usually still warm at the breakfast table. I can arrange to get special cuts of meat (veal cheeks are my current favourite as they make an amazing ragu, but I often get oxtail, chicken and beef) also as an added bonus with every visit I get to practice my german!!
Food here is amazingly fresh, its not as expensive as the supermarket and it hasn't travelled hundreds of miles to be wrapped in a piece of cellophane.
What is not to like about Farmer's shops? One of the three farmers within a 30 min walk from my house is a bio farm, another produces their own wine and has a pumpkin festival every year and the third - my regular - is in the picture above.
If you haven't already discovered these gems of Switzerland then you don't know what you are missing.
There are literally hundreds of these small huts all over Switzerland - you just need to keep your eyes open when you go out for a walk. Farms and vineyards often have signs on their fence advertising where you can buy their produce. Also watch out for the 'Pick Yourself' signs for flowers, cherries and strawberries. I love being able to pick my own flowers so they are all the right height and colour for the vase I want to put them in (often for only 1-3 CHF per stem). I'm currently sitting in front of a bunch of sunflowers from nearly 2 weeks ago - so like the vegetables from the farmer they last that little bit longer too....
If you live in the centre of Zurich, Bern or Geneva you may not have a farm on your doorstep but as soon as you hit a 'wanderweg' I'm sure you will stumble across one (or at least a sign for one). If walking isn't your thing then I'd suggest the next best things which is visiting the weekly farmers markets that spring up in the city centres. Zurich has a great one in the Main Station BahnhofMarkt every Wednesday. You can buy cheese, bread, meat, flowers and all kinds of fruit and vegetables.
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