Restaurant De Alverman

Bar, Eatery

Kemmelbergweg 40
Heuvelland - Kemmel, 8951

+32 (0)57 44 40 69 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.7/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

West Flanders is pretty flat, except for this almost lost, lonely single hill, the Kemmelberg, which commands far reaching views of the French & Belgium countryside. The Alverman is about a quarter of the way up, perched on the side of the hill. It is exceptionally clean, well-presented and seats about 60 people inside with another 100+ outside on the popular terrace. The food menu was limited, but quality was very good, and the home-made ice-cream was extremely popular with us Englanders. Known more for the fact that it is a Tearoom serving the Tourists here, rather than a beer bar. That said, I add this on the BeerFly because the beer range is good, there is no shame at all in the 70+ beers it sells. I preferred the Duchess de Bourgogne, rather than the ubiquitous (now sadly mass-produced bland) Leffe Blond on draft. Other beers featured were from; the De Dolle (Mad) Brewers (wholesome and very good), Frank Boon (try the Kriek), Westvleteren (Major Respect-nuff said), Achouffe & Orval. It also had the Trois Monts from over the border. I just had to finish with the Westvleteren 12, and most annoyingly for everyone in our party, I grabbed the last one. I could have made some real money that day! A good beer list that is relatively low in number, but high in quality, variance and range. Modern, very clean Café with good levels of service, popular at weekends with hikers, tourists and war memorial tours. Sit on the Terrace and relax with a small "quality rather than quantity" range of beers.
Then, when you have finished your beer, follow the road and walk up to the top of the hill and see why this elevated plateau was so crucial in the First World War, and why there is a Monument at the top of the Hill to the many French troops who died during 17-26 April 1918, fiercely protecting it from the Germans, who tried to crush the Allies before the arrival of the Americans, during the Two Battles of Kemmel.
Sure, a long time ago now, but still very sobering.

Oct 06, 2002
Restaurant De Alverman in Heuvelland - Kemmel, Belgium
Place rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1 ratings