Restaurant Novice

Restaurant Novice Leerhotel Het Klooster Amersfoort Hotel Student Nature Monastery Monument Student Dining Hotel Overnight
Restaurant Novice
May 31, 2024

Are you already familiar with restaurant Novice? We would like to tell you more about our restaurant, what we do and who we are! 

Where once fathers of the order Kruisheren devoted their daily lives to their vocation, it is now enjoying hospitality offered by the team of restaurant Novice, in the former monastery on the Daam Fockemalaan in Amersfoort. Restaurant Novice is located at Leerhotel Het Klooster.   

New, Fresh and Local

Meet Novice - local, sustainable cuisine that puts the most delicious seasonal produce on your plate! The kitchen team led by chef René Bekker, does its utmost to serve products with a story. As a guest, you'll experience that because, for example, we process meat from eco-fields of the Veluwe, have our own bees for honey and get fruits and vegetables from our own vegetable garden.


Young hospitality talent in training from Hotelschool Amersfoort, continue the centuries-old tradition of 'novices' in the monastery. Those who used to consider entering the monastery first spent a probationary period there as a 'novice'. Since the monastery is now once again the base for our students, the restaurant here is named after the 'novices'.   


The former monastery where Novice restaurant is located was founded in 1952 by the Order of the Knights of the Cross. At the time, this national monument served as an educational institution and a refuge for travelers. The Kruisheren were a group of inspired fathers focused on proclaiming the faith and offering education. Their story began with providing Roman Catholic education to boys in the Gooi area. In 1947, they decided to move to Amersfoort, where they initially taught in makeshift buildings.

It was not until 1952 that the monastery was officially opened and in 1956 all the school buildings were completed. The school of the Kruisheren consisted of a HBS "higher civic school," later succeeded by havo and vwo) and a gymnasium. In 1968, this boys' school merged with a girls' high school. The upper school of the new merged school was taught in the school buildings of the convent. The number of students grew to 900. Today, the historic convent has been transformed into a beautiful hotel and restaurant. 

Our concept 

At the Hotelschool of MBO Amersfoort, students learn the intricacies of the trade to make a career as the ultimate host, hostess or chef. Restaurant Novice and Leerhotel Het Klooster are the in-school practices, where students under the guidance of subject experts, complete their training in hospitality and hospitality every day. 

Will you also come to discover restaurant Novice? 

Our Novice restaurant is open every day for a full breakfast. And open from Monday to Saturday for lunch, drinks and dinner. Come and enjoy our (h)honest creations! Will we see you soon? 

Reservations can be made by calling (+31) 33 467 87 87 or