Fin (1045) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 19, 2015
We re-visited this place Saturday 17th October 2015 wow I cannot believe that it had been eight years since our previous visit. We were with Nick, Anna and the kids on this occasion. The Trappistenhuis is a short walk from the centre but easy enough to find, I seem to recall it was in what used to be the old Red light district (might be wrong?) its been painted on the exterior since our last visit and now is red. Inside it seems bigger than I recall (have they knocked two rooms into one?) we sat on a raised area abutting the outside wall, it was early but there were a few people in. The bar is in front of you as you enter. Beer list and choice was good, few surprises but still good stuff to choose from. Nice atmosphere in here. It looks like there is a covered outside area to the rear though I never explored so not entirely sure. We all liked it here it was one of our favourite Café/bars of the weekend. Visited December 2007 We visited this place twice whilst we were here both times late evening and both times this place was absolutely rammed, still we managed to find a table just about. Quite impressive beer list but not so many surprises. They never had the Chimay Doree not that I was bothered to be honest but my friend was keen to try it, can get smoky when busy and bit too hot as well, should like to try it at a quieter time of the day 70
Visited here on a Wednesday night, so it was pretty quiet. Bargirl was cute, although working alone so pretty rushed off her feet. Interior is dark and atmospheric and there’s a decent amount of tables to sit outside and enjoy a beer. Tap list isn’t that exciting but they have a good bottled beer list. Tried the local Gruut beers and some regulars. Lambic list could be better. Decent bar though and would come back here again
Visited 2006-15, post-Studioskoop. Easy stop around the corner after going to the cinema at St. Anna/Zuid, with lots of potential, worn, fireplace & oak atmosphere. Safe but enjoyable housebeer brewed by the owner at a well-known brewery, 3-4 taps including a very nice and creamy Chimay Tripel last time we were there. Otherwise good selection incorporating one-off beers by a few newer Belgian breweries, but unnecessarily expensive for some beers like geuzes and the only place in Ghent where I have seen aged Orval well surpass the €5 mark. Owner up for a chat, slow and a bit lacklustre service which seems to focus its attention on regulars, locals and the 3 barflies.
Johan Uytterhaege’s beer pub, located off the Ghent city centre in an area not too far away from the red lights district. Brown café, cosy and ’woody’, with lots of old beer paraphernalia; typical Belgian beer pub I’d argue, no foreign beers but a well-balanced selection of Belgian ones including Chimay Dorée and a couple of other rarities, though the major part of the list consists of well-known classics. Can be quite crowded in weekends and service is notoriously slow, though friendly. Not sure if this is still opened, though; I’ll go and check it out again one of these weekends.
Good selection with plenty information, nice ambience, clean and friendly. My wife lost her purse her and when she returned two days later, the staff recognised her and produced it, cards and money intact, Bless them! Free snacks on table, excellent beer, mixed clientele, wood & brick interior, nice experience.