Belgium > Poperinge
Hertfordboy (5) Cheshunt, England | April 4, 2013
26 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 3/20
Who am I to argue with Tim Webb see previous entry, but my party thought the smell was stale tobacco mixed with B O.
A sad reflection on the great place it once was under Guy and Bea. Beer list still reasonable but owner was more concerned with his tv rather than customers. Later in my stay in Pops I noticed a long term Palace regular in another pub. Seems like everyone is giving up on the Palace.
Tim Webb (173) Cambridge, England | April 1, 2013
30 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 4/20
Saturday lunchtime, nobody there. Stank of stale fish. Sat in the bar for some minutes and called out but nobody came. Time to see that the beer list has shrunk dramatically. Such a shame as it was a great place under the previous owners and the reclaimed cinema cum bordello at the back is a stunner.
Hansen (46) Assentoft, Denmark | December 14, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice hotel, good food and traditionel belgian beers. Kind service and acceptable pricing.
prawlie (41) , England | October 27, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A very pleasant stay for a night, nice room, a very good breakfast, nice staff and a good bar with a decent selection. Iíd happily go again.
baxterfish (158) , England | May 15, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Gone down hill since the Halcyon days of Guy & Bea. Still a nice pub with a good selection of beer but the service is unenthusiastic and often absent. Used to be packed on a Friday and Saturday evening but now struggles to attract a handful of locals. Still worth a visit, however and the hotel is good value, if basic(the landlady is nice but seems to leave the bar to her less-welcoming husband and beer ignorant son).
Scopey (271) Croydon, England | May 3, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
We were in the area, so we thought we would pop in the Palace for a drink. It was mid week, so we were the only customers, but we were pleasantly welcomed. However even though it was just us the service wasnít the fastest! Best thing about the place was probably the 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek, which cost us less that 6 euros for a 75cl - bargain!!!! Well worth a visit if youíre in the area.
KAggie97 (220) Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas | April 12, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Man, this place is AWESOME. So after checking into to my room, I looked in the bar to see what was available. I see 10 bottles sitting on the bar and I have a funny feeling itís something good. Lo and behold, they were all Westy 12s. I was very kindly given 8 of them by the owner himself. (And yes, I am going on record as saying they were given to me.) Anyway, I told the owner I liked sours and he pulled out an í03 3 Fonteinen Kriek. Holy crap. I had sooooo many good beers here (I drank with some locals until 8 am- Belgians donít mess around with their beer, and they are extremely friendly and sociable, especially when you tell them youíre from Texas.) Felt like hell the next day but sometimes the pain is worth it. I will definitely go back here someday. But next time my drinking ends at midnight. Recommended for anyone in Poperinge. The owners are great, the locals are great, and tons of good beer is available. Ask about vintages the owner has lying around.
harrisoni (13) Ashford, England | October 23, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
I stayed here a night whilst doing a pilgrimage to In de Vrede, which I did in the afternoon and then sat at the bar here and drank until I had to go to bed. Highlight was the oldish 3 Fonteinen Kriek in bottle. Service could have been a bit faster and there were a fair number of beers not available from the menu, especially the lambics. Also took ages to find an Orval chalice. Overall though I liked the atmosphere, even if everyone else was speaking Flemish, I was made to feel welcome at the bar.
sc0ttyd0g (4) , England | December 17, 2008
28 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 5/20
Deserted. No one behind the bar, nobody in the hotel.
Travlr (999) Washington, Washington DC | November 29, 2008
44 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 5/20
Maybe we came at an off-night for the bartender, but we tried this place twice to give him the benefit of the doubt. Very good beer selection. No food. Least friendly bartender we have encountered outside Brussels. Complained when we arrived, complained about each beer we ordered, complained that we ordered a beer within half an hour of closing. And the sign above the bar says "Keep Smiling!" Closes early, even during the hops festival, which only happens once every three years. Life is too short, and there is too much good beer elsewhere.
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