Egmond aan Zee a quiet coastal village protected by high dunes along miles of firm sand. Great for surfing, kiting, dog walking,keeping fit with a view of wind turbines out in the North Sea. Easy travel from Amsterdam. Close to Alkmaar famous for its Cheese. Used to eating at top London restaurants, like Rules of Maiden Lane, totally surprised when chance brought atmosphere, cheerful staff and a 4 course fish meal where every dish brought back memories from my eclectic past. Cockles as I ate as a child. Freshly caught fish with exceptional taste. A sweet that gave the wine an excellent flavour. "Please give the cook and his guys a drink" I said having started life as a commi-waiter in post-war London. Then met Paul Zwart (23) who became a TV TOP CHEF. He is very good. Amazed at the reasonable price. Owners wife, Elly and her staff treat you right royal. Not a place to miss or the local biological beer 7.5% vol from a 1,000 yr old well named Sancti Adalberti Miraculous Novum Triple.