The Cotton Reel Menu

Tastes and memories from times gone by – a local food tour

The Gripenberg railway line, or Trådrullar (cotton reels) Train as it became known colloquially because its small wheels resembled cotton reels on the narrow-gauge railway, opened in 1893, but it never reached its final destination: Gripenberg. The company, Jönköpings Gripenbergs Järnvägs Aktiebolag, went bankrupt before the final stage was completed, and during the time that the railway was built, other modes of transport, such as buses, had become increasingly popular.

But, for 42 years the beautiful steam locomotives transported both goods and people from Jönköping via Giebo and Vista Kulle through Skärstadalen, Ölmstad and Bunn all the way to Vireda. It’s in memory of the narrow tracks that we’ve gathered inspiration and produce for The Cotton Reel Menu.

Boarding | Little Småland

A Småland-style antipasti platter with fresh cheese from Prästgården dairy in Lommaryd, tasty cheeses from Brostop, Swedish sausage and air-dried ham, pea mash with sweet lupins from Flättinge, apple chutney from Äppledalen, bread baked in Bunn and Grennaknäcke crispbread.

Drinks: Röttle Export, Gränna.

The journey | The wonderful view from Äppledalen

Lamb from local sheep farms with deep-fried parsley, rich blackcurrant gravy made with nectar from Äppledalen and a potato and root vegetable pastry with local cheeses.

Bocelli, Sangiovese Di Toscana IGT, Italy.
Vistakulle Solaris, Vistakulle, Sweden
Vistakulle Rondo Rosé, Vistakulle Sweden

Final destination | The sweetness of brandy

Punch and honey parfait with von Dübens Punch from Vistakulle orchard and honey from Bunn served with almond rusks from Grennaknäcke and tart berries.

Drinks: Wista Härads Apel, Vistakulle, Sweden

Book The Cotton Reel Menu

For pre-booked parties of a minimum of 2 persons.

Price: 695 SEK/person
Drinks package: 329 SEK/person