France > Cassel
minutemat (15) Ford, England | November 1, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
A pleasant stop-off, and an estaminet weíve been meaning to call in to for a few years. Located at the top of the hill alongside the church on the corner of a cobbledy old road (park in the car park at the bottom of the hill). Thereís a small shop as you walk in, adjacent to the main estaminet room with a decent selection of local cheese, terrine, biscuits, speculoos & honey and a small but enticing selection of local beer, including an intriguing high ABV honey-based liqueur.
The estaminet itself is a small room with a huge window boasting an incredible view over the Flanders region. The ledge in front of the window has a number of typical estaminet games which the table of 4 older ladies in front of us & the family next to us were working their way through. Beer wise there wasnít a huge choice, perhaps 20 beers but thankfully mostly local, plus a few Normandy cidres . We picked a choulette Brune, Thiriez La Maline and a couple of cidres, plus a planche board. The planche wasnít too great, the meat & cheese ok but the bread was cheap verging on stale and the decorative salad and carrots looked a little tired and wilted.
Visually this is a good example of a traditional estaminet, with good games and a good atmosphere. The food however could do with a little improvement.
3fourths (1352) Boulder, Colorado | October 8, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
The classic hilltop estaminet of Cassel serving traditional hearty French dishes and offering a bottle list in the dozens. Though the bulk of the list is made up of relatively common BdG (3 Monts, Castelain, La Choulette, etc.), there were a number of new (to me) bottles to get excited about. The setting is gorgeous, the food quality, the beer selection exciting, and though itís full of tourists it doesnít suffer from that fact one bit.
JimGent (42) Gent, Belgium | April 11, 2013| Updated January 14, 2014
44 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
Yes itís quaint....much more of a toursit restaurant than an Estaminet... service can be patchy. If you want the real thing... go to the Kerelshof...thatís where you will find the locals.
Leighton (638) London, England | March 27, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A very fetching place set atop the hill. The main seating area has a few sets of tables and chairs and a large window that looks out over the town of Cassel. Itís all very rustic and homey, with various beery and Frenchy bric a brac scattered about, linging the walls, hanging from the ceiling. The bottle range here is heavy on French breweries, which I liked, including some fairly uncommon offerings. The prices are very fair by my standards, the service more than adequate. I would have loved to have eaten here - the lone server/ food preparer was peeling potatoes in between serving us our beers, and the soups getting consumed at a table adjacent to ours smelled delightful - but alas this was not our stop for food. This place also has a small gift shop of sorts, where you can purchase many of the same beers from the menu to take away (at lower prices than drinking on-site) in addition to other foodstuffs, chocolates, etc. I would happily return to this establishment.
Theydon_Bois (770) The íSham, England | March 24, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited around 3pm on Friday 22nd March í13.
Up on the hillside overlooking the valley below, the Kasteelhof is an old building with a small shop adjoining where you can buy beers, including their house beer, and food products to go.
Great panoramic view from the smallish room which probably holds about 30 or so people over 7 or 8 tables.
There were 2 or 3 couples finishing off their lunches when we arrived and the food looked very good.
There is also a patio area at the rear but alas this day was not yielding patio weather!
Bottled menu runs over a few pages, largely French micros from the surrounding area and a few beers on tap.
Service was fine, one French speaking lady who managed to run food from the kitchen to the tables, serve us drinks, stoke the fire up and whilst she wasnít doing all of that she was sat at a table in the corner peeling apples ... oh and she was also manning the shop where we took a bottle of the house beer - Kassels away with us.
Nowhere obvious to park so we just plonked the car slightly further up the hill on the pavement by the castle.
Iíd definately head back here probably for a meal, 45 mins drive from Callais, an hour to Kortrijk. See also the Kerelshof in the centre of town.
Tim Webb (203) Cambridge, England | March 16, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
At the very top of the hill - donít expect signposts in this part of the world. Hugely atmospheric tavern, now two-storey, with a list of 100% northeastern French bieres de garde, mainly from within 20 km, plus elaborate regional snacking. Its hilltop setting offers amazing views of the surrounding flatlands, though it is the wooden interior, rickety-rackety furnishings, sheltered patio and Celtic music that make it special. On Sunday morning Maman shells peas in the main bar. The dry sausage spews like lava from its stand. They have a small shop in which all the beers are on sale for take-away, along with the regional produce on the menu.
Strebs (174) St. Louis, Missouri | August 7, 2012| Updated November 21, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
We were caught in a traffic jam (!) driving out of Cassel on Easter Monday during their Fete de Fleurs, and I noticed this bottle shop. As we werenít going anywhere, I asked if I could jump out and buy some bier de garde for the road. As I walked through the door, I noticed the restaurant, so I persuaded my traveling companions to pull over and join me. What a great place! Flemish beer, some from Trois Monts right down the road, and homemade pate, cheese, and sausages
put us in the proper frame of mind to resume our trip. They had bundles of herbs and flowers hanging from the rafters to dry out. The views across the surrounding farmlands were beautiful. All in all, I would heartily recommend any beer travelers to Poperinghe, Watou, or Westvletern to consider a 20 kilometer detour to check this place out.
Jasua (1) Oostende/Gent, Belgium | June 1, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
On my trip through northern France I ended up here... Iím not so attracted to the real "flemish identity" as it has a nasty political ring to it. But this place is just amazing. The food was great and reminded me of my grandmothers cooking. The drinks were great and the price really reasonable. And also important, the girl working there was stunning too. Anyhow, this is considered a Flemish estaminet... you just donít find them that flemish anymore in Flanders, itís sad but at least we have this great place!
tomahawk (10) Lille, France | August 28, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very good cafe to discover regional products. A good choice of beers from north of France. Food is simple but well-made.
Hoser (164) Cowtown, Alberta | November 8, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
October 12, 2009
If travelling to the Biere de Garde region, I highly recommend a visit to this magnificently simple and wonderful. cafe. If you canít get a seat on the patio get a seat by the window, you can see for miles and miles. It is not hard to envision the French farm worker in the fields. This place only serves beers from the region and wonderfully simple food. We had a great cheese and pate plate . There is a store attached to that only sells French biere from the region as well
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