Café De Grendelpoort

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Café De GrendelpoortCafé De Grendelpoort
Café De GrendelpoortCafé De Grendelpoort

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Muntstraat 17
Valkenburg, 6301 BW

+31 43 601 2640 | map

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I visited the lovely little town of Valkenburg on 01OCT15. Very nice place to visit, with winding narrow streets, plenty of cafes, old castle ruins and some nice trails in the hills as well. After doing the toursit thing, I stopped into Grendelpoort of bit of lunch and some bier.... As my esteemed colleague BlackHaddock has mentioned, this cafe is found right adjacent to the Grendelpoort, or Grendel gate to the city....

Out front were numerous tables and chairs to park at in good weather, and this day was; but I chose to take in the vibe at the bar. Inside it was quite "busy", but not in a customer sense; there was just a lot going on. The place had dark wood everywhere; walls, tables, the bar, etc... and was dimly lit with scattered incandescent light fixtures. The cafe was a bit longer front to rear than side to side, with the bar on the rear left side. The rest of the establishment had small tables throughout. From eye-level on up, on the walls and from small shelves from the ceiling, were bottles and bottles (and some cans) of the hundred of biers from the general Benelux area (and beyond). And, besides all that, are the pics of young Dutch kids, girls on one wall, boys another; looks like they are from the 30's or 40's.... Anyhow, the place has a comfy, cool vibe overall.

I parked at the bar and was served by the husband of the husband and wife team who owns the Cafe. Got an order of bitterballen and a Westmalle Tripel. The food was decent, though not as tasty as at Gollem in Antwerp. The Tripel, though, was top-shelf. They had about 12 taps, and 50+ bottles to choose from, at a minimum. Had the usual suspects - i.e. all the local Trappists save for Westy and many Abbeys... - plus lots of goods from smaller, local breweries. Besides the Westmalle, I had a "bock" called Gringel, which I understand is made exclusively for this Cafe. It was decent, but more like a Dubbel, imo. All in all, I liked the place, as the biers were top-shelf, the vibe solid, and the service A-1.


4.23/5 rDev -5.37%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$


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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.71/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The tourist town of Valkenberg has more hotel beds than Amsterdam; it is also full of good quality restaurants, bars, coffee houses, a cable chairlift, guided cave tours and interesting souvenir shops. It even has a castle ruins on a hill top, the only one in Holland. Cafe De Grendelpoort is on the pedestrian road close to the said Grendelpoort (an old entrance in the town walls) and has a canopied front terrace, which is heated during cold weather: you can sit and watch the world go by, or flick peanuts at the people sat in the bar terrace across the road if you wish.

As you walk into the actual bar you are met by dark wood and basic furniture, with the bar to the left and a huge fireplace to your right. It is also obvious you are in much loved and well used Belgian style bar, even if you are in Holland. The walls are covered with old beer bottles, cans, beer memorabilia and pictures of the local clientele in their Christening clothes, boys on one side, girls the other, slightly weird to be honest and certainly different. Six fonts with La Chouffe and their own Blonde (brewed in Belgium, he wouldn't tell me where) the only regular taps, the other four constantly changing, and over 200 bottles to choose from, both Belgian and Dutch. The beer menu lists about 50, you have to ask for the others and hope he has some in stock, ask for beers by style, like Amber or a Christmas beer and you might be surprised what turns up, I was!

Most of the customers were drinking the three glass selection: you get a small circular tray containing the house Blonde and two other draught beers, normally an amber brew and a darker beer (whatever he has on tap at the time) with a few bits of cheese to nibble on as you sip the beers. My small party of four, including myself started our session with that little treat. Husband and wife team own and run the place, friendly, chatty, knowledgeable, both have excellent English (like almost every Dutch person) and they take their holidays in Belgium every year because they love the beers so much!

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Café De Grendelpoort in Valkenburg, Netherlands
Place rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 2 ratings