Hospitalility is a fundamental value for the Benedictine Order and the Rules say the following about it:
“Welcome all arriving guests like Christ himself.”
The Viator Restaurant and Pausa Pastry Shop were established in this spirit at the Archabbey. Both catering units are committed to representing the Benedictine values and all this is presented in the clear architectural solutions and the high quality, special meals and cakes as well.
The Viator Archabbey Restaurant and Wine Bar
The Viator Archabbey Restaurant and Wine Bar was founded in 2010 and located on Kosaras Hill, in the close proximity to the Pannonhalma Archabbey, with the intention of expressing the commitment of the Benedictine community of monks to hospitalility through the language of gastronomy combining tradition and modernity in all senses.
The building represents the drive of the monks towards simplicity with the combination of functional and aesthetic architecture, along with unrivalled panorama. The team of workers committed to the place and to the community of monks is managed by chef Gábor Gyurik, who has established the builder of the Viator brand and the engine of innovation from the beginning. The menu is constantly revised and characterised by fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as a selection of meals rich in flavour and variety of appearance.
In addition to this, the chef lays great emphasis on procuring high quality ingredients from local producers. Typically produce from the Archabbey Herbal Garden is used to supplement flavour, in particular lavender, thyme, rosemary and sage.
All gastro-tourists and visitors who enjoy quality gastronomy based on Benedictine values are welcome at Pannonhalma. It’s worth booking a table at the restaurant in advance so that we expect you and can ensure your seating.
The Pausa Archabbey Café
The Pausa Archabbey Café was opened in summer 2014, under the auspices of the Viator Archabbey Restaurant, where we hope to develop the confectionery and café culture in Pannonhalma and in its wider environment along similar principles as those of the restaurant itself. The Pausa Archabbey Café is also special because of its wonderful “inverse panorama” in which guests have a view of the archabbey building and St. Martin hill where the monastery stands.
There is a real bakery in the pastry shop. Desserts are seasonal and created with the herbs grown in the herbal garden of the archabbey. In addition to the French line produced from the outset, it is important to also offer traditional Hungarian flavours. Confectioner chef Renáta Puska and her team prepare such specialties as Lavender Mille Feuille or Pausa cakes with this in mind.
Travellers who wish to have a short break during their outing in Pannonhalma, and all lovers of quality gastronomy are welcome in our pastry shop to enjoy our quality cakes made with natural ingredients, coffee, tea and traditional Benedictine hospitability. As its name suggests, Pausa offers a little break for its guests, one in which they can experience the convergence of a thousand-year-old history with the present, both in terms of flavours and attitudes embraced in this World Heritage environment.
The peaceful and unrivalled view from the court is often coloured by musical and gastronomical events, and a vibrant cultural life is a permanent guest at the Pausa pastry shop.
The self-service Omnibus Bistro on the ground floor of the Viator Restaurant offers quick meals for hikers arriving at Pannonhalma. The Bistro offers seasonally varied ‘street food’ style dishes to our guests. From Spring onwards, you can enjoy a freshly-cooked lunch on the sunny terrace, which is a perfect pitstop during your excursion to Pannonhalma.
Teahouse and Souvenir Shop
The Castle Keep Café
Not only can you walk round the Archabbey on the monastery circular walk, but you can also refresh yourself with a coffee or some other beverage. As the last port of call on your visit to the monastery the café is a perfect choice if you wish to refresh yourself with a coffee or some other beverage before setting off on your journey home.
The Pannonhalma Archabbey Winery Terrace
When the spectacular building complex of the Archabbey Winery was developed, its surroundings were also landscaped. An area with decorative paving was constructed primarily for the temporary storage of marc from the pressing at the grape harvest. The wine tasting terrace was opened in the vicinity of this space in May 2005, and our guests can take in scenic views of the monastery's lavender plantations and the wonderful landscape towards the East while they enjoy delicious wines.
In addition to this opportunity to enjoy pleasant times and friendly wines, our outdoor tasting terrace, open from early May till the end of September if weather allows, also serves as an excellent place for private family or corporate events, civil weddings and other ceremonies or similar occasions events and ceremonies.