Restaurant Hofferkeukens is situated in the former kitchen building of the palace complex of the Queen Abbess and her court. The Hoferkeukens owes its name to the function of the building. This building was the original court kitchen of the palace which used to be in Thorn. Next to the Abijkerk, this is one of the last remaining pieces of Thorn's rich noble history.
Maria Cunegonda of Saxony, Princess Abbess of Saxony and Thorn, was the last Princess Abbess to reside in Thorn's palace. As the palace grew larger and larger, the kitchen in the palace was no longer sufficient and Cunegonda van Saksen decided in 1784 to build a separate court kitchen next to the palace. The palace was demolished during the French Revolution, but the Hofkeuken remained proudly upright and is still a symbol of the high nobility that resided in Thorn.
Just like now, music played an important role in Thorn then too. But also with the princess-abbesses who stayed in Thorn. When you enter the Hofferkeukens you will automatically be greeted by Regina Mignotti. A real 'power woman' of that time, because she was the first woman to open her own opera house. She also often sang with Maria Cunegonda of Saxony, who would accompany her on the harpsichord.
Cuisine, history, high nobility, music and more have been tried to be captured in the interior of restaurant Hofferkeukens so that you, as a guest, will find yourself in the same luxury, opulence and comfort as the princess abbesses of that time.