The House of Lords (restaurant)

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The House of Lords
The House of Lords.JPG
Restaurant information
Established 1917
Rating 1 Michelin star Michelin Guide
Street address Hofstraat 4 (does not exist anymore)
City The Hague
Country Netherlands

Restaurant The House of Lords is a defunct restaurant in The Hague, Netherlands. It was a fine dining restaurant that was awarded one Michelin star in 1960 and retained that rating until 1975.[1][2][3]

The head chef responsible for the Michelin star was Alfons Didde.[4]

In strange twist of fate, in was the House of Commons that sealed the fate of The House of Lords. The restaurant was one of the victims of the renewal of the parliamentary buildings in The Hague and was demolished in 1986.[5][6] The original frontage is now on display in the Louwman Museum. The director of the museum was a regular visitor of the restaurant and found that the front needed to be preserved for historical reasons. He could justify that because of sign of the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Automobiel Club (Royal Dutch Automobile Club) adjacent to the front door.[7][8]

Due to the large number of parliamentarians frequenting the restaurant, it was also the place for politic intrigue. The most known case is that of Wim Keja, who was approached in the restaurant to speak out in favour the Dassault Mirage F1. He was offered 30.000 Dutch guilder. Keja declined.[9]


The original building was one of the eldest in The Hague. It was mentioned in 1595 as "Huys Teijlingen aan de oostpoort van het hoff" (Eng.: House Teijlingen on the eastern gate of the castle). In 1628, it was renamed to "De Gouden Leeuw" (Eng.: The Golden Lion) by Waltherus van der Beek. In 1917 the restaurant got the name The House of Lords, on request of interned British officers.[10]

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  1. ^ Brandligt, Vivie (16 October 2007). "Historisch overzicht Michelinsterren 1957 t/m 1964" [Historic overview Michelin stars 1957-1964]. Misset Horeca (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 June 2014. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Brandligt, Vivie (16 October 2007). "Historisch overzicht Michelinsterren 1965 t/m 1970" [Historical overview Michelin stars 1965-1970]. Misset Horeca (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 June 2014. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Brandligt, Vivie (30 March 2012). "Historisch overzicht Michelinsterren 1971 t/m 1975" [Historical overview Michelin stars 1971-1975]. Misset Horeca (in Dutch). Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
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  5. ^ (in Dutch) Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, Zitting 1974-1975, nr. 11 107 Huisvesting der Kamer
  6. ^ History Free Masonry in The Netherlands Archived 2011-12-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ (in Dutch) Banquetmap House of Lord Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine.
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  9. ^ "Parijs onthulp Amerikaanse chantage". De Waarheid (in Dutch). 10 October 1974. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  10. ^ (in Dutch) Banquetmap House of Lord Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine.