Bar, Eatery

3 Place Saint-Aubain
Namur, 5000

+32 (0)81 22 02 04 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

It is true to say that whilst the Bouffin du Roi and Le Chapitre are the two best BeerBars in Namur, neither of them do proper meals. So if you want something wholesome to eat whilst maintaining a reasonable range of Belgium Beers to accompany your meal, your best bet is the Brasserie Henry. It is the best Beer-Restaurant-Bar in Namur so to speak. It is located in the Place Saint-Aubain next to the Cathedral, & is in fact very close to the Le Chapitre.

Not that you could ever miss the Brasserie Henry. It was built at the start of the 18th Century and has a fantastic imposing frontage, a rare example of the style from Napoleon III era. Six large columns topped with Lions heads support the first floor stone balcony which in turn has five extremely tall windows. You will know you are at the Henry long before you enter it.

When you do enter, the Bar is immediately to your right, but you are not supposed to frequent this area. The front 1/3 of the ground floor is separated from the rear 2/3rd’s by dark wooden snob screens. It is equally acceptable to have a beer here in the front 1/3 whilst waiting to be seated in the Restaurant, or even just pop in for a beer. Whilst waiting, you can marvel at the beautiful interior whilst sipping on your Belgium Beer.

The Brasserie Henry is more of a Restaurant than a BeerBar, but it is nevertheless the best place for a meal accompanied by something more than your usual offerings of Stella, Hoegaarden or Jupiler Pils that you will get elsewhere.

The Beer List is a pedestrian 30, or so, but it has some good Trappist beers including Chimay Blue & Orval, as well as a couple of Abbey Ales. In addition to the old faithful, it has some interesting beers, for example even though the Artisans Brasseurs (Mibrana) has closed, their Beers were still available in here as recent as Easter 2003. They even had the rather good La Wepionnaise Fraise Aardbei, the 6.5% Strawberry beer in bottles.

Of course, the food is the best reason to drink beer here. The menu is extensive & contains many local specialities as well as daily specials. Once you are seated in the Restaurant area of the ground floor, service is very sharp, though you will have to wait a little for your food, this is Belgium after all – no Microwaves here. The Waiters will be more than happy to keep to you supplied with beer while you wait.

Oh, & it has a No-Smoking Area as well, which is rare for Belgium, & was highly prized by this non-smoker whilst eating!

Last Visit: 21st April '03

May 06, 2003
Henry in Namur, Belgium
Place rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1 ratings