Posted by Bob Johnston on 04/02/2004 10:03:15 AM
All of the responses so far are excellent as far as I'm concerned, but I'm among the least experienced Babblers when it comes to travelling in Belgium. Noone has mentioned Watou and its wonderful B&B. I will not miss this spot on my next visit. A trip to De Dolle for an afternoon also in very high on my must do list.
Jeremy's write-ups are just a few of the excellent articles on the main page for the BBB. Here's a teaser of his Watou experience followed by a link to the entire article.
"We then went over to Watou, which was where we were spending the night. We'd booked up a room in the Brouwershuis, an excellent B & B in the grounds of the St Bernardus Brewery. Its run by the brewer and his wife, both of whom are charming and helpful hosts. The house is great, full of wood paneling and comfortable furniture. You get the run of the house too, not just a room. They provided a free welcome beer (all part of the service, but what other B & B has ever given you a St Bernardus 8 on arrival?!) and then we discussed dining.
We wanted to go to the Hommelhof, where the renowned chef Stefaan Couttenye plies his trade. Just as well we wanted to go there, because Mrs Brewer recommended it and offered us a lift over! Even better, she said ask the staff to give us a lift back when we've finished our meal!!!!
Now, as the B & B is about 2km outside Watou, in the middle of nowhere, no street lights, no taxis, nothing, and as I didn't fancy a non drinking evening, nor did I fancy putting my car over the ditch on the way back, this was a very welcome offer. Anyway, after our remarkable meal we did ask for a lift, and none other than Stefaan himself came out of the kitchen, jumped in the car and drove us back to the B & B!! Now that's what I call service. He was a charming guy, too, so down to earth and friendly. He says that they have an arrangement with the brewery, and it obviously works well for both. Now I don't know if they do this every time, but I'd say you'd be unlucky to have to walk both ways. All this for 3200 BEF for a double. Oh, and breakfast was at whatever time we wanted it...
The meal itself was superb. Everything is done in beer - I had rabbit in what Stefaan said was 'Kapitel blonde' (Watou Wit?), which was definitely the biggest and best rabbit ever!! "
|first trip to belgium - Kevin J., 04/01/04 06:51:05 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - JB, 04/02/04 03:27:11 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - JB, 04/02/04 03:31:35 PM|
| Also in Brugge - Rich Link, 04/02/04 03:40:47 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - Kevin J., 04/02/04 12:58:43 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - John White, 04/02/04 01:28:08 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - Kevin J, 04/02/04 01:53:56 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - John White, 04/02/04 02:04:04 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - Kevin J, 04/02/04 02:15:21 PM|
| Cantillon - Bob Johnston, 04/03/04 07:46:47 AM|
| Chicago... - John Sturm, 04/02/04 09:15:20 PM|
| Re: Chicago... - Kevin J, 04/04/04 11:54:20 AM|
| Re: Chicago... - John Sturm, 04/04/04 12:42:41 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - John White, 04/02/04 02:29:12 PM|
| Watou - Bob Johnston, 04/02/04 10:03:15 AM|
| Carless in Watou - Dick, 04/04/04 03:48:57 PM|
| Re: Watou - Jeremy Gray, 04/02/04 02:04:12 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - JasonH, 04/02/04 09:19:57 AM|
| must visit cantillion - gabe, 04/02/04 07:47:14 AM|
| Loerik is availalbe at Cantilon itself - John White, 04/02/04 01:45:37 PM|
| Re: must visit Cantillon and more - John White, 04/02/04 09:09:24 AM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - Gunter aka March, 04/02/04 05:07:16 AM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - Chuck Cook, 04/02/04 08:38:57 AM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - Gunter aka March, 04/02/04 09:07:56 AM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - Chuck Cook, 04/02/04 09:59:28 AM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - John Sturm, 04/01/04 10:46:19 PM|
| Re: first trip to belgium - Dick, 04/01/04 09:08:26 PM|
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