Food for the spirit

In the 1970s and 1980s ‘t Ponkje was a village pub. When it was converted into a restaurant, the bar suddenly filled up with clientele from outside the village. For decades it has been particularly popular among people rounding off a day of water sports. 

At ‘t Ponkje you can eat in a very unusual setting: the interior of a former Mennonite church.

Grab your Frisian dictionary and you’ll soon find out what ‘ponkje’ means. Actually, it’s the Frisian word for collection pouch. It’s an appropriate name for this restaurant as it is housed in a former Mennonite church built at the end of the 18th century. At the time, the building served as a clandestine church for followers of Menno Simons. A large section of the church’s interior has been retained, so here you can enjoy your tenderloin or wolf fish while seated beneath the pulpit!

Nice to know!

On Ascension Day 2009, ‘t Ponkje had a royal visit from Prince Willem-Alexander, Máxima and their three daughters. They were spending a few days sailing on the Frisian Lakes in De Groene Draeck.

  Eethuis 't Ponkje
Address: Fermaningsteech 1, Heeg
Open: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday to Sunday from noon

Eethuis 't Ponkje