I know a house in the greenery ...
Chef Peter Graes indulges you with German traditional cuisine and delicacies. We are offering you fresh, seasonal and high-class products.
Sonja Graes provides a warm and friendly service. Whether small or large guests, everyone is welcomed and will be culinary satisfied.
A trip into the last century...
Foundation & reconstruction
1905 In 1905 the house was opened as a tavern by the ancestors of the family Graes. The tavern was a meeting point for neighbours and close by villagers.
The shown postcard pictures the tavern in the year 1912.
1920 In 1920 a colonial goods store for daily groceries, stationary, cigarettes and sweets was also opened there.
Farming with livestock was the third column in the family business and was continued for over 100 years until 2010.
During World War II the house was hit by fate twice. Because in the years 1940 & 1945 the building burned down to the foundation walls. With a lot of effort, the house was reconstructed after both fires.
After the second reconstruction only the tavern and farming was continued. Although in 1952 a post office was opened there too. The post office received the mail for the close by houses from Dülmen because the peasantry belonged to Dülmen back then. The mail man was Rudolf Graes (photo in the middle) who was also the owner & operator of the the tavern. With his wife Erika, he reopened the tavern
under his family name and began to offer meals too.
The post office stayed there until the remunicipalization in 1974. The remunicipalization caused that the house then belonged to Nottuln and the post office was transferred.
In the years 1973 - 1981 the tavern still belonged to the family but was leased out to other operators. During these years the first part of the ball room and the bowling alley was built.
In the beginning of the 80s the spouses Graes took the tavern over again and the "Gasthof Graes" became more known in the surrounding area. With the new popularity, they invested in the house and did a redesign. At the end of the 80s the second part of the ball room and a new entrance area was built.
Take over by Sonja & Peter
Peter Graes, trained chef and Sonja Graes, trained educator took the pub over. Through the construction of a gastronomy kitchen, a cosy dining room and a beer garden, they turned the pub into a restaurant which is now known for its traditional and regional cuisine.
Entering the digital era
In the year 2012 the owners entered the digital era by publishing the first website of the "Gasthof Graes". Shortly after that a facebook page followed which informed about upcoming buffets and offers.
Today - customer-orientated, rustic, but also digital
2020 was the year of change. The country inn did not only change physically but also digitally.
Through the redesign of the bar and buffet area and the renovation of the ball room a rustic-modern atmosphere was created which invites to a cosy evening or a relaxed breakfast.
Beside the physical transformation there was also a digital transition. The daughter of the owners, Jasmin Graes, trained Online Marketing Manager, gave the restaurant a new digital appearance with a new logo and website.
now, we live and love our passion for good German cuisine and friendly service.
We and our team hope to welcome you in our house in the near future.
Sonja & Peter Graes
A short look into our culinary world...
Pork filet "Gärtnerin"
Schnitzel „Wiener Art“
Waffles with plum compote & ice cream
What guests say about us ...
Get to know more about our creations and ingredients or try to learn the regional dialect: Münsterländer Plattdeutsch...