Fin (1113) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 18, 2015
We (me, Loz, Nick. Anna and the kids) visited De Planck on Saturday 17th October 2015. This is a large boat moored on the water adjacent to a cinema complex which at the time was a little glitterati as it was Gent Film Festival, so people were being interviewed outside. It’s quite a fair walk here from the centre (I know we did it). You can sit upstairs or downstairs. However I felt that the latter was much more atmospheric. It was busy when we arrived and yet we still managed to find a table which was no mean feat considering that there were six of us. The beer choice was good though I did not spot anything out of the ordinary. We sat at one end of the boat around a large table with bench seating either side it along with 2-3 other tables was on a raised platform. I am not even sure if we were front or back as I didn’t note the orientation of the boat. We ate here also, the food was mostly simple Italian fare between us we had Ravioli, Spaghetti and Lasagne, they were all fine and crucially inexpensive, about 9-10 euros each. I didn’t do too much exploring as it was busy but the toilets are at the far end and the bar was as soon as you enter after coming down the stairs.
(4/7/2011) A good place for a beer before going to the cinema. But that were the only times I went there. Decent selection, but nothing interesting or original or new. Can’t remember service, so it will have been ok. Have never eaten there.
MESSAGE FOR FOREIGNERS VISITING GENT: if you read this, you’re probably planning a visit to Belgium, and Gent in particular. I’m always interested to get to know other ratebeerians, and if you come from an interesting country, we can maybe to an in person beer trade? Contact me!
Boat converted into beer cafe. Reasonable beer menu and well worth a look if in the area. Very close to the equally interesting Brouwzale. The somewhar mediocre house beer Planckse is from Van Steenberge.
Nice conversion of a boat into a pub. Interior full of the usual breweriana, and lots of tables. Nice looking out the window at the water and the ducks. Selection was pretty good, and the prices were pretty good. Think a Guulden Draak was only €3.20 which is good considering the strength. House beer was apparently nice too. My friend had the soup which came with loads of bread and an apple and it was only €3.50. Service was good and friendly if a little slow at times, but the guy seemed to be having to do it all himself, and we weren’t in any kind of hurry. Will definitely go back if I am in the area.
Boudicca (1201) London, England | August 28, 2011| Updated September 13, 2011
De Planck is a Dutch barge moored just opposite Kinepolis alongside Ter Platen, a leafy street which is always nice for a peaceful stroll or as a minor detour on the way to the museum quarter. On the superstructure there are two terraces (one covered) with wooden decking. It’s a good place to while away an hour or so on a sunny day, sipping a refreshing beer. Unfortunately, when we first visited on a Friday lunchtime, the waitress had other ideas, keeping us waiting for well over half an hour whilst she lumbered around aimlessly, occasionally bringing out bottles of coke and champagne in buckets to a few tables at the end of the deck which were occupied solely by young women, possibly students as it was end of exam time. Of course, having brought the consumables, she’d then disappear inside again to fetch the glasses. One hopeful chap, who turned up shortly after us gave up after 15 minutes, but we stuck it out, enjoying the gentle lapping of the canal against the side of the boat when other vessels passed, the purring of the ship’s cat as it settled at our feet and the banging and drilling from the building works across the road.
Surprisingly, we went back the following day but only because we were meeting friends (Jackie and Simon) and they called to say that they were there. This time it was rather damp so we went downstairs into a cosy, dimly lit room where the floor is below the waterline and the only natural light comes from small windows, most of which were shuttered. The service there was completely different – swift, friendly and efficient.
The beer list is unremarkable but fairly extensive and they also serve soft drinks, wine, spirits and hot drinks. They had Girardin Kriek (25cl) for E2.80 and around five taps including Liefmans Kriek (at the same price as the bottled Girardin), Bockor Pils, Augustijn and Planckske, the house beer brewed by Van Steenberge in Ertvelde. The food - ice cream, pancakes, toasties and hearty sandwiches – is very reasonably priced.
(Last visited 10 June 2011).
Mathieu87 (328) Brussels, Belgium | July 29, 2011| Updated February 23, 2015
Nice place in Ghent. ON the water. Nice selection of Belgian beers (certainly try their home beer "Planckske", it’s a really good blond triple). Prices are OK. Service is very good (the handsome Laurien could be a reason ;)). When you’re in Ghent near the Kinepolis, most certainly worth a visit!
Visited with Travlr.
Enjoying a beer on a barge’s deck, great atmosphere right on the water. Nice choice of beers but nothing that really stands out from many bars that sport the same selection. Go there for the nice setting, a beer before hopping to the movie theater right across the street.