Went for a mid-week lunch at this smart restaurant in Riepen, a village near Bad Nenndorf. There are actually 3 restaurants under one roof: 'La Forge' for gourmet dining, 'Schmiede-Restaurant', less grand but still very fine, and 'Esse', where bar meals are served. We arrived without having made a reservation at the 'Schmiede-Restaurant' and we're readily accommodated. First impressions were of strict formality: dining room very carefully laid out and tables set, staff dressed in a manner which reflected local costumes. As other reviewers have commented, the range of dishes on the menu is fairly limited, but this was not a problem for us. All styles of traditional North German fare were covered. For most dishes there is a 'small portion' option, which we all took: it was all very ample. The food itself was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was also superb.
If you are visiting Bad Nenndorf it is worth making the effort to get out to this place for something a bit different.
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