If you approach during the day, this place looks like it’s been abandoned for 40 years. There’s a haunted house style sign that says ’EnTRaNce -->’ which seemingly points to nowhere. But we eventually followed a car in via the side entrance. The moral is that, if you’re a guest in the hotel, be aware that you need to use the side entrance and I’d recommend phoning ahead to announce your arrival.
We were shown in by (presumably) the owner, who is a nice guy and a one-man-band. He showed us to our rooms, made breakfast, served breakfast and served behind the bar. He’s seemingly superman.
In the evening we pitched up at the bar. The beer selection is solid. There must be 100 Belgian options and so there’s likely to be something new for most people, or at least an old favourite. The bar itself is an attractive and atmospheric place to drink.
From a hotel point of view, it is very close to 3 Fonteinen and a short, steep, downhill walk to Beersel railway. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the breakfast was good quality.
Visited on Friday night, 20/11/15, having had dinner at 3F’s restaurant which is a minutes stroll away.
Hotel Centrum is a cosy wood panelled bar, almost akin to an Alpine cabin on the inside, don’t be put off by the externals which come over a little delapidated.
During our visit, approx 22 30 till midnight, we sat on stools at the bar which carried 10 taps of standard Belgian offerings, none of which particularly excited me. The bottle list, all of which can be seen in the large double fridge to the left of the bar as you face it, was pretty solid offering the standard Trappist numbers, msny of the classic Belgian strongs and Scotch ales, but perhaps the standout for a simple small town bar was the fact they had two Tilquin offerings plus 3F geueze in plentiful supply.
Aside from ourselves there were a dozen or so locals enjoying drinks at the tables to the main street side of the bar.
Service was prompt and friendly, prices reasonable on all but a handful of the beers on offer, Tilquin commanded quite a few more €€€!
Overall a nice little spot in town where you may pick up some Belgian ticks and worth popping in bearing in mind the proximity to 3F should that be the primary reason for your visit.
As an aside this place, as the name implies, offers accommodation which we used for our visit to Brussels (20/25 mins on train, 2 to 3 per hour but note that the last train back is around 845 pm).
Not the sort of place I’d take my girlfriend as a little tired in terms of decor but perfect for a group of blokes on a beer trip. A triple room with a solid breakfast of fresh bread and croissants (delivered by the local baker whilst we were there), cold meats, cheese and decent coffee was just €100.
Place at 100 m further than 3 fonteinen .
The interior looks a bit like a threehouse. Completely everything is covered in wood ( by the looks of it, its very new ) which makes it very cosy and authentic, but also a nice place to just relax . This idea also results in the outside sitting area . Between some plants, you basicly sit in the garden of the house that faces the restaurant/ hotel / cafe . This sounds weird, but it feels so ... comforting . The owner was very helpfull and interested in his job & customers . The selection he offered had some nice ( basics ) and some smaller ( basic ) brewery beers . The quality brews to be found here are for instance palm ongefilterd , or rodenbach grand cru from draft . The off menu offerings certainly were ment very well, but were- as a beergeek - nothing to go crazy about . ==================
Thats where it got wild . Upon asking, we were allowed to go into the previous bar ( it used to be next door , but now they made a bigger area and are changing this into some sort of meeting room . We had a chance to see it , the way it used to be . Which was insanely awesome . Authentic, small , real ( they did not fake it into a place that looks awesome . This interior has been build up over years and years of passion and knowledge . The top shelves were covered in bottles - most of them full . They had been standing there for 10 years, give or take .
We absolutely fell in love with this bar - and , lets face it , the old bottles that were here .
When the bartender noticed this, he spontanously offered us to grab whatever bottles we wanted, for free . The age factor is high on these ones , completely soaked in dust and tabacco ( up untill 3 years ago, it was legal to smoke in bars in Belgium , and people made use of that right ! ) which makes it phenomenal for collectors , to have an old bottle, looking so damn vintage .
Prices on the regular menu were very good as well .
Food was simple, but nice ( we did not have anything fancy , just cheese ) . The beerpour was not done by the staff, which was possibly the only ’negative ’ point here . But lets stop bitching, this was one of the nicest bartenders I have yet met in my life . I am very happy to have seen the old place, and hope the new place will become just as nice over time . It does feel like a bit of a shame the old place will be gone in the ( near ? ) future ....
Wonderful little place with a kickass beer garden out back. We came on a Saturday mid day, and it was totally dead. Beer selection is pretty good, with many krieks and gueuzes available, and an unblended lambic on tap. Definitely worth the short walk over from 3 Fonteinen when in town. Great place.
Nice, brown cafe in the heart of Beersel with a nice draft beer selection which included Faro, Lambic and Kriek from Girardin. Veey good service and plenty of locals filling the place with a cozy atmosphere. The best pub in Beersel! Visited: 2013-09-29
Beer wise: Quite disappointing. It doesn’t seem to have changed much in appearance since my last visit (some 5yrs ago), but the beer selection seems to have gone down quite a bit.
Not many exciting beers, and even though 3 Fonteinen is around the corner, their beers aren’t served here, except the geuze. Of which they had a grand total of one 37.5cL bottle, even though it wasn’t a busy evening. So, giving first choice to my companion, I had to switch to Oude Geuze Boon. Not that Oude Geuze Boon is bad - far from it - but it is a bit of a save choice, and I expected more in the heartland of the Lambic.
And charging 7,50 euro per 37.5cL bottle of a normal geuze is expensive for Belgian standards, to say the least.
On a more positive note: Food is good, well made and quite affordable.
(Visited on a Wednesday evening in August)
Lovely cosy bar seemingly mostly frequented by Francophile locals. The beer list had seriously expanded on my last visit, but several things were out of stock. Not a must do, but like Oude Pruim it’s worth a look as chances are you’re going to come to Beersel. Definitely wouldn’t recommend staying.