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History of 't Goude Hooft

Oldest inn of The Hague: tradition and renewal

Discover the centuries-old history of 't Goude Hooft, an iconic inn in the heart of The Hague.

The Origin

't Goude Hooft is the oldest inn in The Hague. As early as 1423, the tavern "In tgulde hoift" was mentioned, located at the Groenmarkt (Green Market). This tavern served as an inn for travelers from outside the city, market visitors, and as a meeting place for knights.

Renovations and Rebuildings

In 1660, the tavern underwent a reconstruction by architect Pieter Post, who adorned the facade with two golden heads. A second rebuilding took place in 1886, during which the building was modernized again.

On the facade of 't Goude Hooft adorned two golden heads (photo from 1939, H.A.W. Douwes, collection of the Hague Municipal Archives)
On the facade of 't Goude Hooft adorned two golden heads (photo from 1939, H.A.W. Douwes, collection of the Hague Municipal Archives)

Crisis and Restoration

Just before World War II, 't Goude Hooft was acquired by the brewery Heineken, which planned to demolish the dilapidated building. The tavern had been removed from the list of monuments, making demolition likely to widen the Groenmarkt. Fortunately, the building was rebuilt by architect F.A. Warners according to Pieter Post's original drawings, but slightly larger. A weapons room with an impressive mural of Pieter Post and the stadtholder was created on the first floor.

't Goude Hooft (photo from 1940, E.M. van Ojen, collection of the Hague Municipal Archives)
't Goude Hooft (photo from 1940, E.M. van Ojen, collection of the Hague Municipal Archives)
't Goude Hooft,
't Goude Hooft, "De Ridderzaal" (now)
't Goude Hooft (photo from 1940, E.M. van Ojen, collection of the Hague Municipal Archives)
't Goude Hooft (photo from 1940, E.M. van Ojen, collection of the Hague Municipal Archives)
't Goude Hooft (now)
't Goude Hooft (now)

The Revival

In 1939, 't Goude Hooft was reopened under the leadership of the famous chef Henry Thijs from Dikker & Thijs, who turned it into a thriving establishment. In January 2012, 't Goude Hooft was acquired by the current management. After an extensive renovation, respecting its past, the inn reopened its doors on June 4, 2012.

With a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages, 't Goude Hooft remains an iconic spot in the heart of The Hague.

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