Asparagus season is upon us again, and we at Novice love it!

Asparagus, also known as white gold, is a delicious and versatile vegetable that appeals to many people because of its unique taste and texture. Interestingly, asparagus has been cultivated for centuries and is loved for its delicate flavor and nutritional values. The asparagus grows on average about 7 cm per day, so as soon as they rise above the ground, they must be harvested quickly.

White gold

The asparagus is known as the white gold for two reasons. Early in the season, asparagus can be very expensive, or they are discovered as precious treasures under the Limburg or Brabant soil.

Super healthy

Did you know that asparagus is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, folic acid and potassium? This vegetable is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and promoting healthy digestion.

Asparagus in the kitchen

Besides their health benefits, asparagus are also a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. You can prepare them in various ways, such as grilling, roasting, steaming or even eating them raw in salads.

Asperger varieties

The two best-known colors of asparagus are white and green, although they are actually of the same variety. The difference lies in the fact that white asparagus grows completely in the dark, so it does not develop a green color. Also, there are white asparagus with a light purple head, or even purple asparagus. There are also the Korenaar asparagus, which are not actually real asparagus but thin cultivated stalks from the hyacinth family.

In short, asparagus is not only delicious and healthy, but also an interesting vegetable with a rich history and culinary versatility. Will you come taste them at restaurant Novice during our special asparagus week? From May 27 to 31, we serve the white gold!

With the vision to contribute to a greener and healthier society, LIF's adventure began. Harm, Ard-Jan and Marnix of LIF foster a deep passion for cooking and delicious food, especially of high quality and freshness. And honestly, without fresh herbs, cooking becomes a completely different story. Fortunately, using fresh herbs is becoming increasingly popular, whether it's to prepare a flavorful meal or make a fresh cup of tea.

The Value of Fresh Herbs

Why are "good" fresh herbs so crucial? Fresh herbs add flavor to dishes and serve as a healthy alternative to salt. Moreover, fresh herbs not only have culinary applications, but have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties. Each herb has its own unique flavor and application.

Herb Towers

In addition to offering the tastiest fresh herbs, LIF also provides herb care. Their in-house designed herb towers offer an easy way to maintain fresh herbs. The herb tower takes up little space and allows you to grow a variety of fresh herbs in a small area. At Novice restaurant, we have one such herb garden, of which we are immensely proud!

The Mission of LIF

The aim is to put fresh herbs at people's fingertips so that they can be used effortlessly in their kitchens. In addition, LIF would like to educate and inspire people to incorporate more fresh herbs into their lives. It is of great importance that people get in touch with the abundance that nature has to offer, and this is where we like to do our part.

See the herb garden at Novice restaurant here!

On Good Friday, March 29, 2024 several trees were planted at restaurant. Two local fruit growers came and planted these trees with us. We would like to tell you more about which fruits we will be proud to grow ourselves in our restaurant's vegetable garden!


The varieties of apples we will grow are: Gravensteiner, James Grieve, Ingrid Marie and Elstar. With this selection of different apple trees, this allows us to make use of a variety of apples. The Gravensteiner has a sour taste and is widely used as a cooking apple, especially for applesauce and apple cider. The James Grieve is a juicy apple with a mildly sour taste. The Ingrid Marie is a very good hand apple with a soft sour aromatic taste. And the Elstar has a characteristic aroma taste and is creamy white and juicy.


The Beurré Hardy and Doyenne du comice are the pear varieties we will be growing in our vegetable garden. The'Beurré Hardy' is a sturdy and well-growing tree with large, sweet pears. The fruit of the Beurré Hardy is quite large and cone-shaped. The Doyenne du Comice is a fairly thick hand pear and is deliciously sweet. Depending on picking time, the pear has a nice bite or is deliciously juicy. The skin is mainly green. Doyenne du Comice is a hand pear, but because of its firm texture, the pear is also often used in desserts. 


In addition, we also have two varieties of cherry trees that will be planted: the Merton Premier and Kordia. The 'Merton Premier' is a cherry tree with a sweet and juicy cherry. The cherries can be picked from the fruit tree in late July. The cherries are dark red. The Kordia is a well-known large dark red cherry. In the Betuwe region, the Kordia has become one of the most popular varieties. This is because it is one of the largest cherries. The very good taste completes the cherry perfectly. Cherry tree Kordia gives a lot of fruit. 


Also planted is a quince tree, the Provence quince fruit tree. Originally, the quince comes from the countries around the Caspian Sea. Now they are grown mostly in Southern Europe and Japan, but the quince is also on the rise in the Netherlands. The quince is available from October to February.

Stew pears

The two stewing pears we will be growing are the Gieser Wildeman and the Kleipeer. The Gieser Wildeman was grown by Mr. Wildeman of Gorinchem and marketed around 1850. In commercial fruit growing, Gieser Wild eman is the most widely grown stewing pear variety in the Netherlands. A Kleipeer, also called Winterjan, is a pear variety that is very suitable as a stewing pear. The tree remains quite small and is self-pollinating.

Kiwi Berries

As a Kiwi berry, we are going to grow the Actinidia arguta 'Issai' . The Actinidia arg uta 'Issai' is a Mini Kiwi and is edible with skin. It is a self-pollinating plant with both male and female flowers. The fruits are beautiful green on both the inside and outside. The garden plant blooms in June with fragrant, white flowers that attract butterflies and bees.


The Prunus Persica 'Double Zwolsche' peach tree produces blooms of beautiful with pink flowers in March/April. Around July/August you can pick the peaches from the branches. The peaches are dark red in color and have white flesh. These fruits are juicy and taste deliciously sweet.


Also, we are also getting a kiwi plant: the Actinidia chinensis 'Solissimo'. This Actinidia chinensis 'Sol issimo' is a new species of self-pollinating kiwi. This species gets medium-sized fruits and an abundant harvest. In May, the plant develops white flowers.

Japanese wineberry

Rubus phoenicolasius - is our Japanese wineberry shrub. The Japanese wine berry is a delicious fresh sour berry that ripens before summer with beautiful bright red fruits. Each year the berry blooms on the previous year's wood and each year it makes new shoots where the fruits come the following year.


The blue honeyberry, or Lonicera caerulea kamtschatica, is native to Asia, but also does well in the Netherlands. It is a very hardy, ornamental, fruit-bearing shrub that can grow up to 1.5 meters tall. The fruits are very healthy, somewhat similar to blueberries, contain lots of vitamin C and are very juicy.


The plum tree 'Reine Claude' is a plum variety that dates back to the 16th century. The plum is available in red and green varieties. They are offered fresh but are also applied as a base for lemonade syrup (green lemonade syrup).

Mystery Race

We are also getting a mystery variety tree. The grower no longer knows what classic variety this is, so we are giving this tree another chance by growing it!

Do you already know restaurant Novice in Amersfoort? We would love to tell you more about our wonderful restaurant.... Here are 5 reasons why you should absolutely eat out at restaurant Novice:

#1 Unique & Sophisticated menu

Novice is known for its creative dishes carefully put together by the chefs of the future. You will be surprised by the flavor combinations and the beautiful presentation of the dishes.

#2 Atmosphere & Ambiance

At Novice restaurant, there is a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you come for an intimate dinner for two or a festive occasion with friends, the ambiance of the restaurant makes for an unforgettable experience.

#3 Excellent service

Did you know that the students of the Hotel School Amersfoort fulfill their indoor practice at restaurant Novice? They will do everything they can to make sure your evening goes perfectly and that you don't lack anything.

#4 Sustainability & Quality

Novice is committed to sustainability and quality. The ingredients used in the dishes are fresh, local and of the best quality. You can taste the love and care put into each dish.

#5 Location & Pledge

The restaurant is located in beautiful Amersfoort, a historic city with a charming atmosphere. The restaurant is located in Leerhotel Het Klooster, just outside the inner city of Amersfoort. The building is a beautifully renovated 20th century monastery, of the Order of the Kruisheren.

In short, dining out at Novice restaurant in Amersfoort is an absolute must for anyone who loves culinary delights, hospitality and a unique experience!

We hope to see you soon!

Earth Hour dinner at Novice restaurant

March 14, 2024 at 15:02 Local Share your news

On March 23, 2024, we will be celebrating Earth Hour at Restaurant Novice! It promises to be an enchanting evening at our special Earth Hour dinner. 

Imagine millions of people around the world spending an hour doing something good for nature and our future. From Sydney to Amersfoort, people all over the world are taking action. The lights go out everywhere, from the Eiffel Tower to Restaurant Novice. This hour connects cities, countries and continents to stand up for our fragile nature and serves as an example for the future. 

Arriving at Novice restaurant from 6:00 p.m., you will receive a warm welcome in an atmospheric setting. Enjoy a tasty 3- or 4-course dinner prepared with fresh, sustainable ingredients that symbolize our planet. At 8:30 p.m., things will get magical as the lights go out and we reflect together on Earth Hour. As a highlight, our chefs will then prepare dessert live, giving you a unique culinary experience in the midst of darkness. 

Together, let's create a positive impact for our beautiful planet while enjoying a delicious culinary dinner. We look forward to welcoming you to our Earth Hour dinner!

On March 23, 2024, we will celebrate Earth Hour! It promises to be an enchanting evening during our Earth Hour dinner at Novice restaurant.

Imagine millions of people around the world spending an hour doing something good for nature and our future. From Sydney to Amersfoort, people all over the world are taking action. The lights go out everywhere, from the Eiffel Tower to Restaurant Novice.

This one hour connects cities, countries and continents to stand up for our fragile natural environment and serves as an example for the future. So that is why we are joining in and turning off the lights for one hour on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. during WWF-Earth Hour.

Arriving at Novice restaurant from 6:00 p.m., you will receive a warm welcome in an atmospheric setting. Enjoy a tasty 3- or 4-course dinner prepared with fresh, sustainable ingredients that symbolize our planet. At 8:30 pm, things get magical as the lights dim and our chefs prepare a live dessert!

We look forward to welcoming you to our Earth Hour dinner and making a difference together for a greener future!

18:00 Walk-in

6:30 p.m. Dinner

8:30 p.m. Earth Hour + live dessert

On March 8, it's that time again! National Pancake Day 2024 is just around the corner. At Novice restaurant, we don't want to let this day pass by just like that. Therefore we invite you to a cozy pancake feast.

Have you always wanted to decorate your own pancakes with lots of different toppings? Then this is your chance! Come to restaurant Novice in Leerhotel Het Klooster on Friday, March 8. Our students from Hotelschool MBO Amersfoort are eager to bake pancakes for all the guests!

National Pancake Day is celebrated every March on a Friday. It is the day when children bake pancakes for the elderly, because they should be put in the limelight. And what better way to do that than with a home-baked pancake? In 2024 we will celebrate National Pancake Day for the seventeenth time in the Netherlands. Almost 100,000 elderly people are pampered on this day every year with home-baked pancakes by almost as many students. And in restaurant Novice we would like to pay attention to this beautiful thought as well, so we eat pancakes with our guests.

The price for children, for unlimited pancake eating including surprise, a delicious dessert and lemonade is €13.75. For all dads, moms, grandparents and pancake lovers, we serve a culinary 3-course menu in pancake style for €35,-*.  

Young and old, everyone is welcome at Novice restaurant! 

We have great news! Restaurant Novice will be participating in PROEF Amersfoort 2024 this year ! 

We are currently making preparations, so mark these dates in your calendar: from Wednesday, May 8 to Sunday, May 12, 2024 you can find us at the culinary food festival of Amersfoort. 

At Novice restaurant, it's always probation, which is why we introduce our guests to the pure flavors of Novice. Our dishes contain honest stories and focus on sustainability and collaborations with local producers. We serve seasonal dishes, with ingredients from our own vegetable garden. 

For five days, Proef Amersfoort 2024 will highlight, local culinary talent at the Oliemolenhof. Several restaurants with diverse cuisines will participate, and surprising, high-end and modern world cuisines will be present. The festival promises to offer everything that will bring spring fever to life. 

The core values of Proef Amersfoort are: Experience, Taste, Meet! Culinary enjoyment and encounters are paramount. And we, at Restaurant Novice, are very curious to see what Proef 2024 has to offer! 

Come and experience restaurant Novice experiencetaste our delicious dishes tastingand meet us at Proef Amersfoort 2024? See you then! 

We are happy to provide you with information about Proef Amersfoort 2024, and hope to meet you there!  

When is Proef? Proef Amersfoort 2024 takes place from Wednesday, May 8 through Sunday, May 12, 2024. You have free admission all days, Wednesday is by invitation only.   

Where is Proef. Since 2018, Proef Amersfoort takes place at the Oliemolenhof in the New Town in Amersfoort.  

How do you pay at Proef? At Proef Amersfoort you pay with 'keitjes' that you can load onto a ProefPas at the cash register. One pebble costs € 1.28 and that is also the value. You can load these pebbles onto the ProefPas you still have or buy a new one at the cash desk at the Oliemolenhof. PS: There is always a 1 keitje service fee when you upgrade. This covers transaction fees and usage fees, among other things.

How do you reach Trial?  

Will we see you there? 

More information can be found on the website of Proef Amersfoort:  

Are you looking for a romantic way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one? Or would you like to spend this day together with your friends or family? Then come to Restaurant Novice in Leerhotel het Klooster on Feb . 14 and enjoy our loving Valentine's menu!* 

Valentine's Day is a day when lovers give each other extra attention with gifts, flowers or cards. There is also the tradition of sending floral greetings or cards to people one is grateful for or particularly fond of or in love with. Dinner at our restaurant is definitely a gift! 

Whether you want to dine romantically with your loved one, or have an incredibly enjoyable evening with your friends, restaurant Novice is the place to be. Our students from the hotel school in Amersfoort will do everything they can to pamper our guests and receive 'masterly hospitable'. 

Our special 4-course Valentine's Day menu is created with local and sustainable ingredients. You can share dessert romantically with your loved one, or enjoy it alone. The menu is €42.50 per person.

So stop by and enjoy a wonderful evening of love and a tasty experience at Restaurant Novice in Leerhotel het Klooster on Valentine's Day! 

*Valentine's menu


Ceviche of dorado

passion fruit caramel | pomegranate | hangop citrus | seaweed | cress


Steak tartare

60-degree yolk | Parmesan crisp | truffle cream | herb salad

Main course

Veal Loin

pea cream | chioggia beet | puffed shallot | mustard seed cooked in apple juice | balsamic gravy


Champagne bavarois

chocolate mousse | elderflower crumble | lychee ice cream

On Friday, March 10, Chef René Bekker and General Manager Peter Ingels were interviewed about our restaurant Novice. This resulted in a nice article. This article can be read below and written by Arnoud Spaaij. You can read the original article here.

Novice restaurant in Leerhotel Het Klooster has unique atmosphere

March 15, 2023 at 12:00 Business

AMERSFOORT The location alone makes the possibilities offered by Restaurant Novice very unique. Where once fathers of the order Kruisheren devoted their daily lives to their vocation, it is now enjoying hospitality offered by the team at Leerhotel Het Klooster on the Daam Fockemalaan.   

This place near the Stichtse Rotonde is very familiar to many generations of Amersfoorters because secondary education is provided on the same grounds and partly even in the adjacent buildings. The well-known onion-shaped spire of the former Kruisheren monastery has now been home to Leerhotel Het Klooster and Restaurant Novice for many years. 


Nestled between cloisters, overlooking the arcades and adjacent to an attractive cloister courtyard, Leerhotel Het Klooster has a spacious restaurant with surprising possibilities. Both director Peter Ingels and chef René Bekker confirm this unique atmospheric spot. "Our guests are surprised, especially if they come from Amersfoort, that Leerhotel Het Klooster offers so much beauty and goodness. For example, many Amersfoorters and people from the region don't know at all that you can just walk into our place."   


Everything that happens in the restaurant is under the supervision of Chef Bekker: "Our restaurant is a la carte. We cook according to the principles of Dutch Cuisine. We consciously choose as many local products and local cooperation as possible. As a guest you experience that because we process for example meat from eco-fields of the Veluwe but also offer fish and vegetarian dishes on the menu. A four-course menu with us anyway consists of a choice of fish, meat and vegetarian." In doing so, Restaurant Novice works locally, sustainably and also for a very reasonable price. A four-course menu is offered for 42.50 euros.

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The restaurant consciously chooses as much local produce and local collaboration as possible. (Photo: Rianne Wijnen)


The name Restaurant Novice is a reference to the student priests who were once trained at the monastery. "Now it is again the base for students of the MBO Amersfoort Hotel School," Bekker says. "And in doing so, we ensure quality with instructors who provide leadership in every team, whether it's in the kitchen, service or for restaurant management."  


The nice thing is that guests actually experience the restaurant's special atmosphere as different compared to elsewhere. "Students provide the hospitality but also everything around it," explains Ingels. "Almost everyone likes the fact that our students from the MBO Amersfoort Hotelschool learn everything about the hospitality profession here. That is also part of us. At school and in the kitchen they first get the full basic technique to then serve our guests in the hotel and restaurant and thus give them a good time." The strength of restaurant Novice is the student. Ingels: "Absolutely, we find that our guests like that. We give our students the handles and in turn they give our guests an enjoyable evening."   

Restaurant Novice
Daam Fockemalaan 10
3818 KG Amersfoort
033 4678700
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch, drinks and dinner.

(Photo: Rianne Wijnen)

Author: Arnoud Spaaij