DOMAINE LA BUTTE AUX BOIS
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Award-winning Restaurant La Source
The gourmet Restaurant La Source at Domaine La Butte aux Bois holds two Michelin stars and a Gault&Millau score of 17 out of 20 points, and is one of Belgium’s 40 best restaurants. Chef Ralf Berendsen serves the finest haute cuisine creations to prove that opposites attract, and that global culinary influences can come together in perfect harmony. Gourmets make regular pilgrimages to the award-winning restaurant in Lanaken to indulge in the chef’s signature dishes and enjoy the stunning bucolic surroundings of the Hoge Kempen National Park.
Restaurant La Source is renowned as a leading fine dining hotspot in Belgium. This is haute cuisine with a bold and breathtaking approach envisaged by chef Ralf Berendsen. His gourmet creations are presented on exquisite porcelain like fine art and use only the best ingredients from the region where possible… it is a taste sensation to be enjoyed with all the senses. La Source’s wine list currently features a superb selection of around 400 wines, meticulously chosen by sommelier Thijs van Sambeeck to accompany Ralf’s dishes. The restaurant has even recently added dishes with specially developed, matching beers to its menu.
- Two Michelin stars
- Gault&Millau 17/20
- Gault&Millau: ‘Most beautiful restaurant terrace in Belgium’ 2015
- Foodtaster 87/100: ‘Most beautiful restaurant terrace in Flanders’ 2016
The place to be
The entire restaurant team – with Maître Gert Wiltvank at the helm – makes you feel right at home with their professional and charming service and passion for hospitality. The restaurant has an air of elegance and luxury, with timeless interiors – and don’t forget that terrace! With nature as a spectacular backdrop, the Restaurant La Source terrace was named Belgium’s most beautiful restaurant terrace by the Gault&Millau Guide in 2015 and the most beautiful restaurant terrace in Flanders by FoodTaster in 2016, and in the warm summer months, it is the place to be.
Meet Michelin-starred head chef Ralf Berendsen
Dutchman Ralf Berendsen is the driving force behind Restaurant La Source. He arrived in 2011 and was awarded his first Michelin star just two years later: a reward for being a perfectionist, as he likes to call himself. ‘Nothing is so good that it cannot be improved. That must be the starting point,’ is the premise of Berendsen’s work, allowing him to constantly evolve. Ralf Berendsen reached another milestone in his career in 2017 after receiving a second Michelin star – a well-deserved accolade for his exquisite cuisine. He sets the bar high, turning his expertise and creativity into dishes that bring guests the ultimate pleasure. According to culinary journalists Sven Van Coillie and Frank Cops, ‘On the plate, Michelin-starred chef Ralf Berendsen serves gastronomic works of art that can take their place among the very best in Belgium.’
Domaine La Butte aux Bois: historic 5-star superior hotel in Lanaken
Domaine La Butte aux Bois is a unique country estate in an idyllic setting overlooking the Hoge Kempen National Park, just minutes from the Dutch border and the cultural capital of Maastricht. Nestled in the heart of verdant woodland, this luxury hotel offers a location, architecture, style and attitude like no other. The synergy of the exceptional estate, exclusive eco-chic spa and award-winning gourmet delights ensures that Domaine La Butte aux Bois is a haven of calm, relaxation and enjoyment. La Butte aux Bois is all about experiences: culinary delectation in the perfect atmosphere, wellness in the beauty of nature, rooms with stunning natural views, great celebrations for special occasions – this is the place for those memorable moments.
Domaine La Butte aux Bois
- Number one in the tri-border region
- Member of Relais & Châteaux
- 5-star superior
- 59 rooms distributed between Manoir, La Villa & Spa Retreat La Forêt
- Spa retreats, fitness breaks, boot camps, luxury experiences, private parties, weddings
- An exciting calendar of culinary events