Are you going to Norway in the near future? According to a recent unofficial domestic championship, you’re now able to find the hotels in which you can experience Norway’s best breakfasts.
Twinings Best Breakfast is the unofficial Norwegian championship in hotel breakfast. This year more than 400 hotels have been reviewed, and 19 county winners have been selected.
“Norway is in a special position regarding hotel breakfasts. The norm is that breakfast is included in the price when staying at a hotel. Therefore, this competition is particularly important. In fact, there are over 9 of 10 hotel guests who have breakfast at the hotel they are staying at. This gives the hotels a great opportunity to give the guests the best start of the day, “says Svein Arild Steen-Mevold, CEO at Scandic Hotels.
The winning recipe
Food and drink director at Scandic, Morten Malting, believes that the combination of service and innovation is the recipe for award-winning breakfasts.
“The best breakfast requires local produce, hard work and continuous efforts in order to develop and improve. It is clear that sustainable and ecological initiatives pay off. With top-level service, it‘s also important that the chef has a central role. Managers, chefs and waiters alike must understand breakfast trends and be ahead of them,” says Malting.
Best breakfasts in Eastern Norway (Østlandet)
Scandic St. Olav’s in Oslo has been chosen to be the best breakfast experience in the capital city. Magnus Melsom, responsible for food and drink at Scandic St. Olav’s, says that the most important issue for the hotel is that all guests should experience a perfect breakfast. The hotel also has a major emphasis on fruit and vegetables.
“Breakfast is a meal where everyone has special wishes and needs. We have invested heavily in healthy and customized foods, so that all our guests will find a breakfast tailored to their needs. In addition, good signage and inviting presentations are important so everyone finds what they are looking for. The offer must be equal good and tempting if you are the first or the last person who enters the breakfast restaurant,” he says.
The other county winners in Eastern Norway are Hafjell Hotell, Scandic Park Drammen, Scandic Park Sandefjord, Støtvig Hotel, Quality Hotel Skjærgården, Thon Oslo Airport and Scandic Elgstua in Elverum. At Scandic Elgstua, you can experience unique local ingredients for breakfast like hot smoked moose and moose of celeriac.
Trøndelag’s best breakfasts
In Trøndelag the winners were Scandic Hell and Scandic Nidelven. Hotel Scandic Nidelven in Trondheim has won Twinning’s award for 10 of the 12 previous years. Hotel Director Kjetil Vassdal believes that one of the secrets of Trondheim’s best breakfast for so many years is the hotel’s ability to renew, for example, by developing its own unique products.
“One of the news this year is that we have produced our own cheese, Nidelven Blue, whil we have developed our own breakfast beer that fits perfectly with this cheese,” he says.
The chef at Scandic Nidelven, Sigve Eliassen, hopes that the hotel will take a 11th win this autumn in the championship “Norway’s best lunch 2017”.
“We have cooks who like to brag about themselves, and that adds a little extra to each guest every single day, he says, and adds: “To stand out in the breakfast room is demanding, and we’re working hard to renew ourselves year after year. Even if you are being endorsed for a perfect breakfast, it does not mean that you can sit back and rest. With us it has become a corporate culture.”
Best breakfasts at the west coast
In Western Norway the winners are Scandic Seilet, Scandic Sunnfjord and Scandic Maritim Hotel Haugesund. Enjoy Bergen’s best breakfast at the Scandic Bypark. Hotel director Lene Mjeldheim believes that the key to the winning position lies in the use of unique western Norwegian ingredients and an extensive breakfast offer.
“We use superior ingredients, carefully selected local food, and we have a lot of homemade dishes on the menu. In addition, the staff put their own personal touch on the breakfast with recipes like Sam’s famous omelet, Fonn’s Vitamin C shot and Bengt’s homemade graved salmon,” says Mjeldheim.
Northern Norway’s best breakfasts
In Northern Norway you may enjoy the best breakfasts at the Scandic Ishavshotellet, Thon Hotel Lofoten and Scandic Kirkenes. For the first time Scandic Kirkenes was the winner in Kirkenes.
“For the last year we’ ve been aiming to serve a varied and tasty breakfast for all our guests. Regardless of whether you have allergies, intolerances or are vegans or vegetarians, you should have a large and varied breakfast offer. To be the county winner is an inspiration to be even better, and it shows that the job we are doing is appreciated,” says Jevgeni Mlinnikov, hotel director at Scandic Kirkenes.
Southern Norway’s best breakfasts
Best Hotel Breakfasts in Norway, written by Admin