Visiting Denmark, there are so many of the typical tourist attractions you tend to visit. And don’t get me wrong, we have been past a few of them too! But there are so many small and less known places to see and visit too. During our trip, I looked for places that could be interesting to both adults and the kids. I then quite randomly stumbled across an ad for Hopballe Mølle and we decided to give it a try for breakfast. They serve breakfast on the weekends between 09.00 and 11.45, brunch between 12.15 and 15.00 and then coffee and cake from 14.30 to 17.00.
You can almost call it a champagne breakfast! But in reality, it is a cava they serve with breakfast. But still, it is a great start to the day. However, the mill is a fair drive to get to, so only parts of the guests will be able to enjoy more than a mouth full of prosecco with their breakfast.
Hopballe charges 198 DKK per person for the breakfast buffet. The buffet includes a variation of dishes made from their own chickens, locally sourced sides and good juice, fresh bread and a selection of cheeses and salamis. I personally didn’t think much about the price charged, but other parts of the party thought the price may have been a little stiff, especially since you could not opt out of the cava. Other guests did however bring the bottle of prosecco with them to the table and definitely got value for their money.
As the designated driver, I instead challenged a waitress to make me a mocca. This is not a common concept in Denmark I have learnt over my last few visits. Some places they do have it, but named coffee choco and other places they just shake their heads. This waitress had her mind set to help though, but seemed a bit confused. My trick then is to ask if they serve hot chocolate and if they make a decent espresso. If they answer yes to both questions, I just ask them to make a hot chocolate and add an espresso to it. That normally works out fine. So she went to do so and actually made a really nice mocca in the end, with Valrhona based hot chocolate. Quite heavy chocolate for a normal mocca, but good service nonetheless.
The food served was good and the selection was decent. I think most of us expected a bit more on the buffet than what we got, but everything they served tasted very nice. Like a high end hotel breakfast. The kids loved the cinnamon swirls and the little smoothie glasses. I personally loved the yogurt and homemade granola.
In addition to the restaurant, they also have a farm shop where you can buy chicken from Hopballe (the whole chicken they sell is huge!), wine, cheeses, hams, spices, beers and some local arts and crafts products. I love these types of shops and have to admit, I wanted to go here to check out the shop, which did not disappoint at all. We all made some good finds and brought with us wine, spices and a few other little treats. One of the things I found was raspberry dust and blackcurrant dust from Mill & Mortar. I look forward to trying this out at home. I have to try it in macarons to start and am open to other ideas of things to make with it. If you are like me, you can easily exit this shop with a few too many shopping bags. So to me, the shop probably lived more up to my expectations than the restaurant. But I also had two busy boys at the restaurant, making it a bit more difficult to enjoy the food. Whereas when at the shop, they were happily entertained outside by their aunt, uncle and grandfather and the resident dog.
The mill is a little hard to find as we only saw signs at the very last leg of the trip to get there. It is definitely off the beaten track and a good 10 minute drive outside Vejle. If you are coming from Billund, it is approximately 30 minutes to get there. But it is well worth the trip. The location and setting is beautiful at a little creek. The old brick buildings have been gorgeously restored into the chicken farm, restaurant and shop.