CELEBRATED IN 2014 IT’S 25th ANNIVERSARY
1989, Gerie and Wullie have both been working for
almost 12 years in Amsterdam, Wullie has spent a couple of years travelling
the world and after looking long and hard all over the Netherlands
we found our first restaurant ( the building next door to this one).
A small lunchroom that was exactly what we were looking for ... 20
seats and a small apartment upstairs for Gerie, myself and our 5 month
old daughter Isla.
Wullie has spent his whole working life in French kitchens, Gerie
after studying theology at university, has been running a couple of
Greek and Dutch restaurants ...the adventure begins!
It was a disaster... too many similar french bistro's not enough customers!
We had almost decided to throw in the towel when the local council
organised the 50th anniversary of their twinning with the city of
BATH. There was a complete English week planned, complete with English
Bobbies and red telephone boxes, and, of course we were approached
by the organisers to participate, with the comment "you are English
anyway", now, as you understand this had the same effect as waving
a red flag at a bull! We decided to organise our own Scottish week
at exactly the same time... best decision we ever made!
It was the busiest we had ever been.
It didn't take long for us to realise, this was the way to go....
Within a month we had changed our company name, registered at the
chamber of commerce, redecorated and made a complete Scottish menu.
We have never looked back!
At the end of 1992 it was obvious we had grown out of our old business,
luckily we heard that our neighbor, a florist, wanted to retire after
Cutting a long story short, after an immense building project our
new restaurant with almost 6 times the floor space opened on the 7th
of may 1994.
Our kitchen team was quickly expanded to 5 and Wullie transferred
to front of house where he still is today. Wullie has now more than
35 years experience working with whisky, he holds several awards for
whisky including -the Single Malt Whisky Award 2001- best Dutch Whisky
Bar, -the last 10 years on the GREAT WHISKY BARS OF THE WORLD
listing. -In 2015 final 5 of the Drammie awards WORLDS BEST
WHISKY BAR. He also writes fregularly for several magazines
here in Holland; MITRA MAGAZINE, WHISKY PASSION,
THE KILN, also over the years there have been more
than 100 articles published about Wullie/The Hielander...