Restaurant Støvlet-Katrines Hus A/S
63 Slagelsevej, Sorø, Denmark
57 83 50 80
Restaurant Støvlet-Katrines Hus A/S Sorø Reviews
Støvlet Katrines Hus Sep 16, 2014
The restaurant building was originally a private house purchased by the King Christian VII for his mistress which famous with the name “Bootee – Katrine”. She was born in August 1745 as an illegitimate daughter of Prince George of Bavaria. Her mother then married a soldier of Prince George of Bavaria army and they settle down as shoemakers in Copenhagen. She got the nickname Bootee-Katrine as she run errands with bootees to the city officers which her stepfather has repaired.
The house was converted into the restaurant long after Bootee Katrine dies in 1805. Sorø city located a bit away from Copenhagen, however it was a nice drive and I like the old house with a thatch (straw) roof which is really cute and beautiful with lake setting behind the restaurant which can be view from the windows and it is very romantic. The restaurant looks classy with white table cloths and the staff is readily serve the guests.
There were no snack serve before the main meal but the food was pretty good with enough quantity and very cheap compare with other fine dining in Copenhagen area. I decided to have light lunch since we will have heavy dinner tonight and I opt to have fish. The fish was delicious and just right, it has smooth texture and very tasty. I wish I could try other food but I was very happy with my meal.
Highly recommend this place if you are on the way cross country in Denmark.
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The house of the king’s mistress Sep 16, 2014
We head for lunch in an old house. The house has a great story attached to it - since it used to be owned for a while by Støvlet Katrine (Bootee-Katrine) who was the mistress of the mentally ill king Christian 7 of Denmark. She had quite a story being the illegitimate child of Prince George of Bavaria who actually did recognize her though still her mother was married to one of his soldiers for appearance sake.
The prince provided for Katrine and gave her money when she was a child - but when the prince died the flow of money dried up and she had to go back to her family and live with her mother and stepfather. She helped out in her nickname Bootee since her stepfather repaired bootees and she ran around delivering the repaired bootees to their owners. This could have been the end of the story of Bootee-Katrine but no.
She got back to Copenhagen and got minor parts as a dancer at a theater. Here she got a bit of additional income going from man to man. And finally being a prostitute. Her luck changed when she first met an English diplomat who took her as a mistress for a couple of years and when the diplomat left she really hit the jackpot when she met the king and his drinking bodies. She became the mistress of the king and they made quite a disturbance in the night life in Copenhagen when she was settling old scores with other prostitutes and pimps who had mistreated her in her former life. She was on the verge of getting married to the king by left hand (unofficial second wife) but the people of the court had finally had enough of Bootee-Katrine and intervened and got her expelled from the city.
She lived north of Copenhagen for a while which was probably too close for comfort for the people at the court so she left for Sorø where the king bought a house for her - Støvlet-Katrines Hus which now house the restaurant. She only lived here for a while before she married and moved away. But she had managed to be the first private person to be on the country budget receives an annual allowance from the government.
The restaurant is obviously located in a charming old house which is reason enough to visit. The food is supposedly very good especially at night and during the weekend when they do their big lunch menu. Here on an ordinary weekday there is a more modest menu which is more in line with what you will find in traditional Danish inns for lunch. We are having a nice table at the window where there is a nice view of a small lake behind the restaurant. You can sit outside during the summer time - but despite the weather is pretty good it is probably still a bit too cold to sit outside this day and I don’t think they do service outside the day we are there.
We have a traditional Pariser-bør (Paris-Steak in English) and a fish filet. The food comes quickly and the presentation is as good as you can expect for this meal. Food is good and we enjoy the meal and the story of the house.
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