We choose Studtmann's Gasthof since our usual (once a year for some 10 years) overnight accomodations in the same conglomeration of villages was unavailable. We had noticed on walks in former years (see positive comments) that Studtmann's Gasthof quite often had a lot of local visitors around dinner time as well as a fair amount of foreign guests (car registration plates are revealing). This usually is a sign of a better than average 'gut-bürgerlische" kitchen. This year, however, no locals were in sight, and apparently the cook had also taken a day off. The dinner was quite uninteresting; not bad, but surprisingly close to a fast-food experience. It is a little disappointing in the beginning of July to get cooked potatoes (well cooked, no critiscism here) from last years crop, when all along the roads through Lüneburger Heide one can buy fresh, locally grown potatoes dug up the same day.
However, we might try Studtmann's once more, because I believe that this dinner experience is atypical.
The village and nature reserve surroundings give just the right atmosphere for a quiet evening (and night), used as a relaxing intermediate stay on our way further south in Germany. A round-trip walk in the nature reserve after dinner and a couple of glasses of good German beer removes the build-up stress of a day's 'Autobahn' driving, making one ready for the next day's ditto.