Local Heart, Global Soul

September 2, 2016

Dinners A Plus Point, But Two Busting Negatives…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

After all of our wanderings, sightseeing and activities last year in the Landal Wirfttal holiday park near Stadtkyll in Germany, we would often eat at the park’s restaurant.

The cuisine here of course caters to as wide as possible audience, especially to families with young children and therefore whilst the food was good, none of it was particularly adventurous for our taste buds.

Still, it was decent enough food when we came home late from our travels and no one fancied cooking or cleaning up.

Our fussy Little Mr would be easily kept happy with bowls of plain boiled pasta, topped with grated cheese (provided by the kindly Chef per our special requests).

Himself,  Kiwi Daughter and I tried out a range of dishes on various evenings that included schnitzel, steak and mushrooms, onion soup, and chicken salad.

It’s simple food done well, nothing spectacularly good or bad to list, just stuff to fill up on and be pleased about doing so. We went there for a few easy lunches too, the kids being ravenous after a swim in the park’s pool directly next door.

Usually those lunches consisted of a plate of steaming hot chips (French fries) or a toasted sandwich, and a salad for me. There are two things that are minus points for the Landal Wirfttal holiday park restaurant though, but they are not to do with the food.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The first: the toilets were situated downstairs and there was no lift.

Stairs are by far the most painful thing I can currently do: I am forced to stand on my bad foot whilst raising or lowering my good foot to the next tread, and even for a second, it’s pain beyond reason.

At home I do the stairs from bedroom to living room only once per day, and visa versa in the evening, such are the stairs my nemesis.

After one slow panful and ungainly stair negotiation that I vowed not to repeat, I tried the offered alternative: the toilet in the swimming pool next door.

The annoying thing was though, the toilets were on the far end of the changing room, the floor of which was completely wet as streams of dripping kids scurried back to the cubicles to dry off and get their clothes.

My crutches acted as though the floor was ice and skidded everywhere.

I was so afraid of putting weight on the crutches and following them sideways, that I picked my way across holding onto the cubical doors as I went. I got a few strange looks for my efforts. Not only was I desperately needing to pee, this mode of motion was very slow thus was not the best of options either.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Added to that, the pathway between the rows of cubicles was very narrow, as were both the toilets, so I wondered how on earth someone in a wheelchair would ever be able to manoeuvre in here. They certainly wouldn’t be taking the stairs to the toilets a floor below us.

The other minus point for the restaurant was that there was no Wi-Fi. I mentioned in earlier posts that the advertised phone and Wi-Fi in our accommodation had a signal so weak that a mobile phone was dead and hopeless, so we had to go down to Reception to catch the Wi-Fi signal there.

The sitting area inside was enough for four people, difficult when half the park turned up because they had the same problem we did.

There were several sets of picnic tables outside but in sunny weather they were swarming with wasps, when it rained there was no cover and sitting at a soaking table with a laptop in the rain… well….nope.

When I asked about internet at the Restaurant they shook their heads and suggested I try and pick up the Reception Wi-Fi from here… no such luck, the signal was so low that the page constantly timed out. The Restaurant would be a perfect alternative sitting area for people wanting Wi-Fi, apparently Wi-Fi has had it’s “issues” in this area for years, they are “working on it”. With all the rain we experienced here it’s a darned shame that these “issues” have not been given more of a priority, we wouldn’t ever be returning here until this “issue” has been fixed. Minus points apart, the meals here are good but plain, idea family dining for fussy kids.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Landal Wirfttal


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