Why eat roast duck on Martinmas Eve?

15/10 2014

 

Without a shadow of a doubt, the most famous legend about Saint Martin involves how he was appointed bishop.

The very holy – but also modest – Saint Martin was so intent on avoiding promotion that when officials came to bestow the honour on him, he hid in a goose pen. The geese began to create a commotion, however and he was discovered, hauled out and forced to become bishop. Apparently he used his new authority to punish the annoying geese – he decreed that every 11 November they should be dispatched and eaten.

A report dating back to Cologne in the 1500s mentions Martin's roast goose as an exceedingly delicious and well-established treat of the period. The crispy roast goose comprised the main course and centre-point of the table, stuffed with apples, raisins and chestnuts.

As goose is quite a large and expensive meal, it has gradually been replaced in Denmark by the smaller and cheaper duck.

The guide below lists six locations in Copenhagen that are celebrating Martinmas Eve 2014.

Det Lille Apotek

Det Lille Apotek

Det Lille Apotek combines traditional Danish cuisine with a friendly atmosphere in a choice of rooms sparkling with nostalgia. Step back in time to when some of Denmark's greatest names were regular customers at the restaurant[, including Hans Christian Andersen]. Martinmas Eve will be celebrated with traditional roast duck and all the trimmings. 

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Ravelinen

Ravelinen

With Copenhagen's most rural view of the blue canals and lushly planted embankment, Restaurant Ravelinen offers you a genuine opportunity to experience nature [in the city] and succulent roast duck on Martinmas Eve. 

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Reinwalds

Reinwalds

Reinwalds is just a stone's throw from City Square, neighbouring on Gl. Strand and Strøget, the main pedestrian shopping street. This elegant restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and comfortable distance between the tables will be celebrating Martinmas Eve with wild duck on its menu. 

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Kronborg

Kronborg

Restaurant Kronborg, which serves a classic selection of open Danish sandwiches, is located close to Copenhagen's City Court and Gammeltorv. Enjoy a cosy Martinmas Eve tucking into roast duck in a setting complete with exposed beams, rustic fireplaces and copies of famous Danish chalk murals. 

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Dansk Kromad

Dansk Kromad

Dansk Kromad in Valby, a light and welcoming Scandinavian style restaurant, serves delicious classic Danish food and will be ready to treat you to traditional roast duck on Martinmas Eve. 

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Gaardhaven

Gaardhaven

Gaardhaven is a delightful Danish restaurant in Brønshøj, charmingly decorated with modern furnishings and offering a menu of good Danish food. In time-honoured fashion, roast duck will be served on Martinmas Eve. 

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