Jonas Tavern in Svobodných Hamrech

While on a moped ride through the Iron Mountains on a Sunday afternoon in spring, we stopped off at Jonas Tavern for a bite to eat. Jonas Tavern is in the village of Svobodných Hamrech, just off the main road from Chrudim to Hlinsko. Visiting the tavern is always a treat, no matter what the season. Located in an area of gently rolling hills, it is a popular destination for bikers in the summer and cross-country skiers in winter.

Claimed by some to be the oldest tavern in the Czech Republic, the original tavern dates back to the second half of the 14th century. The tavern was reconstructed in 1718 as it remains today. The pub serves traditional Czech and old Bohemian dishes. Specializing in oven roasted pork, roasted duck, stuffed geese, garlic soup, potato soup, pancakes and dumplings. Homemade bread and cakes baked in a 17th century wood burning oven.

Across the road is an old iron mill used for the production of iron objects and tools during the 15th to 17th centuries. Just down the road from Svobodných Hamrech is Veselý Kopec, an open-air museum of folk architecture.