Just got back from Southern Moravia and am in the process of putting everyhing together in my head and on the net, but the one of the many standouts was this place in Albeř. Ok, Albeř is a really small town next to Nova Bystřice, just a 3 kilometer ride from the town square.
U Pelzu is husband-wife affair with a small staff, a large secondary room/salon, a small gallery and musical & cultural events taking place a couple of times per week. It is a real treat to come to this place and sit down after a day of riding and eating your typical Czech fare. The cook is constantly making things from scratch, true home-cooking, no additives or ingredients from a packet, bag or can. It’s all fresh. Menu items are dependant upon what is bought or found fresh; for example, while we were sitting down having a beer and talking, the husband said he had to leave to go forage for mushrooms (chanterelles) which then appeared in the next day’s soup. My son suddenly started drinking hot-chocolate every time we popped in because it was so obviously crafted and carefully made.
Care has been taken to keep the place from becoming commercialized, so you will see no advertisements for any comanies on the tables, windows etc. except for the occasional Svijany mug. If you are familiar with the Slavonice Gallery and workshop then you might get a sense of what this place is about. No two tables or soup bowls are alike. Everything is unique and original, colorful and clean.
The above photos show the apricot-blueberry-plum dumplings; the Rumador potatoe pancake; one of the soups; the main room; the outside garden; a beer in which the foam formed a heart shape and just one example of the wall-art.