't Molenhof

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Type: Bar, Eatery

Veurnestraat 2
Oostvleteren, 8640

+32 057 40 16 61 | map

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Added by jgasparine on 03-23-2010

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Photo of amano_h
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great little "mill house" out in Vleteren sandwiched in between two world-class breweries: Sint-Sixtus Abdij van Westvleteren to the West (Westvleteren) and De Struise Brouwers Het Oud Schooltje to the East (Oostvleteren)

Well technically, De Struise Brouwers is right across the street from this place, but who cares about little details like that.

I honestly don't understand why this place isn't a bigger deal. By the looks of the interior and after talking to some people that have frequented this place for decades, it's been family own and run as part of the neighborhood since time immemorial, and the food and service here reflects that very well.

You'll find all sorts of crowds here: tourists that somehow stumbled in here because it's probably one of the two or three overtly recognizable restaurants in the vicinity; beer fanatics who are making their lunch stop during some variation of their West Flanders Beer Tour because you can literally park your car in the lot here and walk over to De Struise; or even locals, like Urbain Coutteau and Carlo Grootaert of De Struise Brouwers, who come here during the weekdays after a long day of brewing and work.

The atmosphere is accommodating enough to host all types of people described above, and the food is quite hospitable as well; the menu has a grocery list of Flemish delicacies and local (Vleteren) cuisine, alongside some of the more vanilla choices like steak, with an amazing selection of beer (bet you were wondering when I'd finally mention this) alongside some choice aperatifs, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages to go with your meal for those who hate fun.

In all sincerity, this place was an amazing pit-stop after visiting the Sint-Sixtus Abbey -- their Bitterballen (marinated with De Struise's Pannepot) was simply amazing, and something that I've pitched to my chef friends back at home; whereas it's not quite local flavor, I ordered the Chicken and Pork Shoulder Tagine (marinated again, with De Struise's Pannepot) which was absolutely fantastic and hearty enough to get me through my remaining two brewery visits for the day (one of which was, you guessed it, De Struise Brouwers)

I've mentioned De Struise Brouwers eight times in this review. Hopefully that will serve as good subliminal advice for you to go check them out, as they are--as mentioned previously--right across the street.

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Photo of yapi
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

ideal if you want a quick bite between your visits to westvleteren or the struise brouwers, and you want something bigger than café in de vrede has to offer. You don't even have to move your car when arriving at the struise. Easily recognizable cause as the name suggests, they have a mill next to the Café 't Molenhof.

They have a limited yet good beer selection. Limited here means about 60 beers, but some quite good ones! They have a lot from the struise of course (ideal for a monday or a tuesday, when the struise isn't open for a tasting) and some other good beers such as the troubadour magma & obscura.

service is okay, just some elder people having a bar. Didn't try the food over there, but some locals who knew my friend thought it was pretty good. Pretty authentic atmosphere, especially when the older woman serves you. Everything goes at ease ;-)

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Photo of jgasparine
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This place is a short drive from In De Vrede (Westvleteren) and just down the road from the De Struise Oostvleteren Schoolhouse. A very nice place to grab lunch if you're visiting either.

The atmosphere is nice for what it is- a true local's restaurant in the Belgian countryside. Nobody speaks English in there, and the menu is entirely in French... but you can easily pick-out certain words on the menu such as "Pannepot"!

They have a three course prix-fixe menu with cuisine a la biere, and otherwise fantastic Belgian and French home-cookin'!

Their beer list isn't too extensive, but they have a number of great Trappist, Abbey, and other Belgian artisanal beers available for enjoyment with the meal.

The service was good (as far as service goes in the Belgian countryside). Dogs were allowed in the restaurant, and could be seen sitting quietly at their owner's side. The language barrier was a bit difficult, but my wife and I enjoyed our meals regardless.

I wouldn't go out of my way for this place on its own, but I would certainly recommend it if you were visiting either De Struise or In De Vrede.

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't Molenhof in Oostvleteren, Belgium
4.25 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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