The restaurant bears the name in memory of Ester Ellqvist. The wife of John Bauer, the mother of Bengt "Putte" Bauer and an artist with great talent. Correspondence between Ester and John has demonstrated that she possessed a combination of temper and patience. This was tried by John's mental problems, which affected the family throughout their life.
These elements made their relationship both stormy and loving. In the correspondence between Ester and John, she showed a strong will and she was everything else than calm and submissive. After all, she was his muse and greatest inspiration for many of his works.
Ester Ellqvist left our earth in 1918 when she and her family were aboard on the steamer Per Brahe when it was wrecked outside Hästholmen in lake Vättern. Ester Kök & Bar shares the Family Bauer's fondness to the nature. John showed Småland's nature in his magical paintings and we aim that you shall get to experience that in the food and the drinks. Locally produced and organic ingredients has been used at the restaurant in a decade. We cooperate with Hagshultskossorna which is located outside Skillingaryd, about 5 miles south of Jönköping.
Through the years, the focus on ecology and locally produced food became larger and 2016 the restaurant did a lot of work that made the restaurant the first ecolabelled restaurant in Småland. To further take advantage of the region's products, as well as promoting our various producers, we are member of the Regional Culinary Heritage Småland.