In Den Hof


17 Gemeentestraat
Linden, 3210

+32 (0)16 62 07 39 | map

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

After a Brewery Visit to the De Cam Guezestekerij, and a stop off at the excellent lambic Café, the Rare Vos in Schepdaal, our last port of call on the way home to Leuven was at the In Den Hof in Linden.
Just off of a main road that leads back to Leuven, and not far from the centre of the Village is this most unassuming BeerBar. The Coach was able to park outside whilst we had a couple of hours in here.
Outside there is a large drinking terrace, which looks like a really nice place to be on warm Summer evenings. This terrace is surrounded on two sides by the large L shaped building, and is probably partially responsible for its name, which means “The Courtyard”. I noticed that high up on one of the walls that visible from the roadside, it was also titled “Lindebos” under a picture of a tree. This translates as “Lime Woods” as it was just getting dark and chilly out, we all headed inside for some warmth. Wow, a real treat lies inside!! Deceptively much larger inside than it looks outside there was more than enough room to seat our party of 30+, whilst not upsetting the locals. Service was sharp and we soon had a Beer Menu to read. I read later that this Café has been in the same family for over 150 years.
5 or 6 beers are on draft, whilst there are approximately 50+ beers from the bottle, which is not bad for a bar out in the sticks, and the list contains some great beers, and a few that I have not had before.
Cantillon Gueuze immediately leapt out at me. However, two interesting beers that are on sale come from the Hughye Brewery. They had the Campus, and the Aarschotse Bruine, which is allegedly a mix of ale and lambic. Also on sale was the rarely seen Jack-Op from Belle-Vue, a sour ale and Meneer from the Schuur Brewery, the latter being a very rare beer indeed.
Warm snacks were available, but food is not high on the list of priorities here. Strange given its size for it certainly has the room to do so. Nevertheless, the accent is on a true family Café that provides a superb atmosphere, inside and out for relaxing with a reasonable list of great beers amidst great company. Just how it should be.

Last Visit: 30th March 2002.

Mar 02, 2003
In Den Hof in Linden, Belgium
Place rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 1 ratings