La Fermette Des Pins

La Fermette Des PinsLa Fermette Des Pins
La Fermette Des PinsLa Fermette Des Pins
Bar, Eatery

Rue De Lustre 39
Buvrinnes, 7133

+32 (0)64 34 17 18 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The last day on the annual Wakefield CAMRA 2006 Easter Belgium Tour was to be a busy one. With a superb early morning Brewery visit to Brasserie Brootcoorens under our collective (ever expanding) belts, it was time to grab a hearty late lunch. The Chairman of Wakefield CAMRA had already pre-booked a meal at the “Fermette Des Pins” months in advance. This was to be a culinary treat for 32 beer geeks that would wrap up yet another highly successful trip to Belgium.

Situated in the rural splendor of the Hainaut province, the “Pear Tree Farm” is signposted with those annoying bright yellow Belgian style road signs, but it can still be hard to find. Rue de Lustre lies between Rue De La Basse Egypte and Rue Du Longfaux. Our 52-Seater luxury Coach experienced some difficulty and muddy tires as it slipped and worked its way up the single track lanes in Buvrinnes, a disjointed compilation of scattered settlements South of Binche, but we made it nonetheless.

The bobbing heads of Daffodils gently swaying in the light breeze, the swooping swallows and constant bird song amidst the warming sunshine had the immediate affect of relaxing one to a point of ambivalence. This is one seriously impressive country setting. La Fermette Des Pins is a large farmhouse building that has obviously benefited from some extensions and a sympathetic (and expensive) refurbishment over the years, but it retains a solid old style interior that impresses. Our party was ushered through the main bar into an upstairs loft area. A large C-shaped table arrangement that was already laid out on an upper floor which sat neatly in the eaves of the high sloping barn style roof; it catered for 32 people, just as we asked. These guys were prepared.

I’ll start with the food first, something I don’t usually do, but it’s really one of the main reasons to come here - it goes without saying that the excellent location and beer list will not disappoint. Heavy on regional specialties and French cuisine the Menu is a mouth watering treat, but it comes at a price. If you only get to splash the readies on one good meal whilst in Hainaut (or even Belgium) this is one of the better places to do it. Our party of 32 opted for a pre-organized and one of a few set meals chosen in advance. A four course affair; a beer of our choice (how cool a starter is that!), a choice from the main course (country platter, smoked salmon platter, large meat sandwich platter with a side salad or the renowned puke-tingling Escavèche, which is a fish specialty commonly served in the Eastern town of Chimay and consists of fried fish cooked in a marinade of spicy ingredients), Ice-Cream and a Coffee with Belgian Chocolate to finish with – all this for a stumping €20 each, damn the weak dollar!. Though the price seemed a little high, the quality was unquestionable, insurmountable and absolutely top drawer. The meal was excellent, and the Ice-Cream was simply stunning, you got to choose three scoops from a range of different flavors from a choice of some 50 different ones (such as Maple Walnut, Pistachio, White Chocolate & Apricot, Espresso Croquant…..need I go on?) and all locally made. The Coffee and Belgian Chocolate finished what was a high quality meal. Service was impressive, calm and committed but never rushed, this I like, far too often I find myself bolting food down in the US so it was a nice change of pace to slow things down to a speed where enjoying food is the priority. Time is paramount to enjoyment, and it was nice to be reminded of that.

Set against and supporting the meal, the Beer range numbers around 70 or so, give or take a few. The selection is top notch though; four draft beers with around 65 beers from the bottle, if not more and heavy on Wallonian offerings. The rare highlights are Abbaye Des Bonnes Espérance from Lefebrve and one which I have never seen on sale anywhere was the Vieillé Des Estinnes (brewed by Dupont for Wanderpepen). I sampled both these and finished with an aged Rochefort 10° that blew me away!

High Class and very professional, not your regular joint, so be prepared to pay for the quality, but La Fermette Des Pins has a lot of regional fare and beers to match, plus the fact that the setting is gorgeous. Out of the way, and you’ll definitely need motorized transport to get here, but it is *Highly* Recommended and well worth the trek. Call ahead though if heading out this way though because it can get very busy, and it is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Last Visit: Monday 17th April, 2006.

May 16, 2006
La Fermette Des Pins in Buvrinnes, Belgium
Place rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 1 ratings