The myth says that the fat and alcoholized Uddman used to walk home from the opera in the evenings, and when he entered the hall, he cried ‘Jag har GÅTT hem!!’ (I’ve walked home!!). Hence the name. It was opened to the public in 1897, and since then it has been a patisserie and inn.
“We get visits from 80-year-olds who have been here as children. Couples who got married here 60 years ago come back every year to eat the planked steak they ate at their wedding. People have a personal relationship with Villa Godthem. It’s a place with many memories,” says Andreas Ahlqvist, one of the owners.
And that’s perhaps what makes the restaurant so unique.
“We don’t want it to be fine dining. We want a familiar feeling. It’s an old villa that has been preserved since the 19th century. When you come here, it should feel like a home. Like stepping into a living room.”
“Those who live in the city and don’t have a country house have the opportunity to come here and feel the nature. There are also animals that walk around free,” says Andreas.
The restaurant is full of both families, children, pensioners, and tourists. And given the location, close to both the venue Cirkus and the theaters, the restaurant gets a lot of theater guests who have dinner here before the show.
– Andreas Ahlqvist –
“That’s what people recognize us for. They usually react when you say Villa Godthem – Ah, I’ve eaten a planked steak there,” Andreas says.
It’s so popular that people seem to fly in from the other side of the world.
“Once upon a time, a Saudi Arabian prince took his private jet here to try the planked steak. Then he flew back the same day,” says Andreas.
Villa Godthem goes big when it comes to traditions. Here you can celebrate Mårten Gås (Swedish feast), crayfish party or midsummer – the restaurant’s best day of the year, fully booked as early as October. Another favorite is the annual Christmas buffet that attracts people from all around the world.
You can also arrange a birthday party, wedding, family dinner, or why not just a romantic evening with your special someone? There is room for both intimate dates and a banquet for 400 people.
Visit Villa Godthem and enjoy the cozy country feeling and Victorian charm. Who knows, you might like it so much that you don’t want to go home!
Sponsored article in collaboration with Villa Godthem.
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