Ledig Erf is on a busy square at the edge of the old part of the city, where the old canal meets the city fortifications. It has some attractive art deco stained glass windows and is a bit surreal. We sat under what looked like a huge pale green mushroom and had a bite to eat. The food is fairly limited but we were hungry and ordered toasted sandwiches which were a bit pricey and rather ordinary.
They have 7 taps and about 30 bottles, all listed on a peg board with the lettering on little blocks of wood like children’s building bricks and difficult to read. There wasn’t anything particularly special unless you count the “Longneck”, chosen by Simon as he’d never heard of it and thought it might be interesting, but it turned out to be a standard Heineken. It provided some amusement, anyway.
(Visited 22 September 2011).
Fin (1184) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 10, 2012
We visited here on Saturday 29th September 2012, in fact we sort of stumbled across it as we were just locking our cycles up right next to it before realising that this was one of the places we intended going to today. The pub is situated on a busy junction of canals and shopping streets, though when I say busy I mean predominantly with pedestrians and bikes. There were a few interesting beers on tap and a decent bottled beer list. Whilst we sat outside and also ate (a simple but tasty paninni each) I did venture inside, it was a small, pleasant cafe. However whilst it was not terribly busy Loz noticed a couple near us were seemingly missed/ignored for service and eventually got up and left, another gentleman close by also got tired of waiting and went inside, which we also did. Despite this slight negative, it was a pleasant bar in an interesting area. Closeish by is Bert’s Bierhaus.
A bar in the South of Utrecht’s center that attracts mostly students. Pretty laid-back interior with dark lighting even during the day, but the terrace is wide and welcomes a lot of people in this theater and canal district. The selection is good, if not great. You may not get many new beers here, but there should be something that you feel like drinking. I had an excellent Weihenstephaner Vitus.
Visited september 2013. A typical corner cafe placed within walking distance from city center. Mainly mainstreem beers to get here, but they had a few speciels on tap when we visited. Friendly staff and the beers were served in good condition. Would say there would be other places in Utrecht that have more interesting beer card. Los of outdoor seating, could imagine here would be busy on a nice summer day.
Right along the canal at the end of Oudgracht.
Not really a craft beer spot, techno like music inside, hipster crowd, not much in terms of atmosphere beside the nice area and proximity to sit by the water. Decent beer selection and bottle with once again a limited Dutch selection with the usual Amstel and big German brands. One tap stands out, the monthly ABT alliance selection.
The guy at the bar was keen on chatting about beers and making recommendations. Rest of the staff was composed of students.
If in the area make sure to stop by Kaserij Stalenhoef right up Twijnstraat, the best cheese shop in town.
caesar (391) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | January 14, 2004| Updated October 8, 2005
Update: July 2005. The owner of Ledig Erf has sold his bar. Now, the interior has become more classy and trendy, the chess-players have gone. But still they offer good beers and the atmosphere is still good, though different from before.
Last month (dec 2003) they had Trois Pistoles on tap, so i guess their selection is quite ok! The seasonals in this bar are one of the main reasons to go. Always a good variety on tap. Ledig Erf is a typical game playing cafe: around you people are playing chess, backgammon or other games. Quite crowdy, though quite silent, bar and not much place to sit.
Visited a while ago after attending a symposium opposite of this bar. It was raining heavily so I didn’t use the terrace. Small bar, sober interior, a bit dull atmosphere, not very extensive beer list. Had a Christoffel Blond from tap for a decent price. OK place I guess, nothing to write home about either.