Jaap Touwen, who operates De Dikke van Dale in Leeuwarden, was given the ‘De Parel’ prize for 2019
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported in the Omrop Fryslân, Touwen was awarded the national prize, which is put on by the trade magazine Misset Horeca. ‘De Parel’ is given to the most noteworthy member of staff in a pub, bar, or café. Trouwen was awarded the prize for his work providing De Dikke van Dale with a beer-book, which helped bring in higher revenues.
The ‘De Parel’ prize was given out during the Café Top 100 ceremony, which included five Frisian bars, pubs and café’s this year. The highest-rated was De Markies in Leeuwarden (12th overall), whilst Nobel in Ballum on the island of Ameland finished 21st in the rankings. De Dikke van Dale in Leeuwarden placed 28th, ‘t Gerecht in Heerenveen at 71st, and Nes Café in Nes on Ameland was given 86th place.
Outside of Friesland, pubs and café’s in both Groninen and Drenthe also made the list. Highest place was De Oude Wacht in the city of Groningen (22nd). De Pintelier, also in the city centre came 28th and De Koffer came 45th. Bringing up the rear came De Toeter, which sits on Groningen’s canal ring, and came 77th.
Drenthe, meanwhile, is represented by two pubs: ‘t Plein in Meppel breaks the top-50 (47th), whilst the intriguingly named PéGé in Gieten was ranked 72nd.
In order to make the Café Top 100, the organisers considered internal and external cleanliness and presentation, the friendliness of staff, and the quality of food and/or drink. Those who would like to be considered for the Top 100 must nominate themselves, whereafter the judges visit to make their decision
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