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The Žagar family started in the old town centre of Ljubljana and later moved to the village of Skaručna under Šmarna gora, but they have been focusing on the same thing for the last forty years: the well-being of their guests.

This care for their guests’ well-being

involves the basic things, those which are served on plates and in glasses, as well as the less incidental things, such as a pleasant, enjoyable atmosphere, friendly service and lively music.


The harmonies to help even the largest mouthful go down smoothly were once provided by the thunderous tenor of the elder Žagar, a former boxer known in his fighting days as Pulinoga or Pullfoot. Today, guests are treated to evergreen melodies supplied by Slavko Junior, whose extensive vinyl collection features a number of rare and unusual albums.


When it comes to basic things, there is nothing to worry about – the dishes are always seasonal and based on the Slovenian inn-keeping tradition. The chef prepares them from carefully selected ingredients brought in to the Skaručna kitchen from farmers’ granaries and silos, from the cool store of the nearby hunting society and from the surrounding fields and forests.

sacred rites

Skaručna would not be the same without the odd assortment of objects decorating the inn and the garden; it is highly unlikely that you will leave without hearing bouts of infectious laughter from behind the bar or without someone bringing you a serving board heaving with food and a giant knife to attack it with.