Kaiser (Emperor) of Germany
Menu dated 7th January 1911
Luncheon for a Hofjagd (royal hunt) at the Hubertusstock Jagdschloss (Hunting Palace) hosted by His Imperial Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Prussia.
Although officially designated a “Royal Hunting Palace” the Hubertusstock was the location of one of the Kaiser’s shooting-boxes at one of his most humble of residences. The small home was built in the 1840s in the style of an alpine log-cabin by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia as a tribute to his wife’s background who was the daughter of the King of Bavaria.
When eating his meals at the Hubertusstock, the Emperor's menu-cards kept true to the alpine-cabin effect with rough edges and were void of characteristic gold-leaf trimmings. This menu is from the Emperor's luncheon on 7th January 1911 and offers relatively humble dishes, by imperial standards, including potato soup and mutton chops.
Conveniently located near Berlin, the Hubertusstock also served as the Emperor’s personal ‘get away’. Count Ernst von Heltzendorff, who was Personal-Adjutant to the Kaiser’s eldest son, recalled how:
“Her Imperial Highness [the Kaiser’s daughter] paid her promised visit to the Empress at the Neues Palais in July. At the time of her arrival the Emperor had left suddenly and gone away to Hubertusstock. When anything unusual upset him he always went there”.
In 1905 a sport’s magazine published a piece titled “Homes of Sport of the Hohenzollerns of Prussia" and noted it had been “Written by gracious permission of Kaiser Wilhelm II”. The article gave the history of the Hubertusstock as follows:
“The Royal shooting-box where the Kaiser resides when in the Schorfheide is called Hubertusstock. It is a plain wooden structure with a gallery round it, rising as it were out of the green sward amongst the old oak trees on a spot associated with historic memories of the past. Quite close to the main building is another block used as a dwelling for the caretaker, whose official title is " Castellan "; for His Majesty's attendants ; and for the stable. Some eight horses are kept here when the Kaiser is in residence, used mainly for driving about the forest to reach the various rutting places.
The origin of the name Hubertusstock is thus explained: There is a huge monolith in the grass quite close to the spot upon which the house stands, which Herr Friedel, a great authority in these matters, assures us was formerly a sacrificial stone. One day in 1847, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. — who, despite his shortsightedness, was, as has already been pointed out in a previous paper, greatly interested in sport — took his luncheon on this stone after shooting in the forest, and was so struck by the picturesqueness of the surroundings that he gave orders that a shooting-box should be built there, and that some kind of souvenir of his visit on that day should be erected.
As a memento a short post, called a Hubertusstock, with a picture of St. Hubert affixed to the top of it, was erected on the stone ; and the story amongst the foresters is that when the King returned the next year, he exclaimed : "Das ist doch kein Denkmal ! das ist ja ein Stockel ! '" (Why! that isn't a monument; it is a stick!).
It is a grand place for royal sport. The house is simply but comfortably furnished, and its immediate surroundings are primitive, no spade having been used to convert the soil round the dwelling-place into an artificial garden.
The Royal owner lives the life of a woodman when he retires there for rest and recreation, and has naught but nature in all her sylvan beauty to converse with. The Kaiser goes there in autumn, during the rutting season, immediately after the manoeuvres, and frequently pays a second visit in February to shoot any of the stags that failed to show themselves in the “roaring time," or those which in consequence of some defect it is expedient to get rid of".
From the private Royal Menu Collection of © Jake Smith
The Hubertusstock in 1913
Whole lobsters (in their shell)
Hammelschnitten mit frischen grünen bohnen
Mutton chops with fresh green beans
Krickente, Früchte, Salat
Roast teal (small duck), fruit compotes and salad