Monday, February 7, 2011

Castle Weitenburg

Mac and I were very surprised to find that we had a Castle Restaurant 10 minutes from our house.
Recommended by a friend, we set off to see what Castle Weitenburg was all about.
It sits high on the hill overlooking the Neckar River.

Weitenburg Castle was built approximately 1062 and has had a wide variety of occupants through the years.
Imagine the history......knights who came to pillage.....monks who stayed in it to pray
and who knows what else we don't know about?
When Baron Rupert von Rassler bought this castle in 1720 he acquired this rich legacy.

Baron Max von Rassler owns and operates the Castle Hotel and Restaurant today.
When we drove into the grounds we were immediately reminded of Lord Biddulph's estate in Scotland where we used to live. We felt it was a German version of our beloved Makerstoun, Scotland and immediately felt at home.

As the sun was setting we stopped for an aperitif.
The view was breath-taking over the valley.

While we enjoyed our drinks by the flickering candlelight we perused  the literature of all the castle had to offer.  They have cooking courses with their chef, traditional English Tea, concerts and even a New Year's Ball.

They seated us at the lovely window table overlooking the Neckar River.

The very charming Baron Max von Rassler greeted us personally at the table and welcomed us to his home.

The chef came out from the kitchen and greeted us as well.  He said that he had made something special for this evening and would like to offer us a taste.  He spoke so fast that I didn't really catch all that was in this little dumpling of sorts but it was delish!
Mac chose the regional delicacy menu and I chose the castle menu.

Mac had the baked blutwurst on rieslingkraut. It was topped with lemongrass. We both thought it sounded unappetizing but, it was
amazing.  Mac thought it was the best taste of the evening.

I had a marinated smoked wild salmon with trout cavier and cucumber salad.
It was beautifully presented.

Mac's main dish was venison in pepper sauce.

While I had the duck which, was lovely.

I was happy to recieve TWO desserts. My favorite Creme Brulee

and this lovely home-made ice cream with grapefruit.
I did share with Mac, although

he was very happy with his apple pancake and ice cream.

If you are looking for a special hotel or restaurant where you are greeted in the most friendly way and made to feel very welcome this is the place for you!
I even signed up for the cooking course on Feb. 19th with Chef.
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