We had drinks here after walking up the steep cobbled road that cyclists and cycling fans call 'the Wall'. 't Hemelrijck (Heaven) is right at the top.
Favorite Dish: Two beers were drunk: Affligem Blond (2.80 Euro), Orval (2.90 euro), an ice tea and a milk shake.
The beers and tea were fine of course. The milkshake was not cold and the cream or icecream seemed to have split. Taste was fine but with the wrong mouth feel. Hence my 'somewhat unsatisfied' rating.
I watched another table rather intensely though. Cooked mussels were being served there and they looked delicious. One man ate his way through 2 pans of them. That must be about 2-3 kilo!
Now you see: this is the place to be! Time for lunch!!
There's lots to see in this little place that connects to the neighbouring bakery. All sorts of religious stuff, a tea pot collection and whatnot. You can read papers and magazines and a news letter by the local Manneken Pis Brotherhood.
The toilets are something of a fun experience and there is a separate smoker's room upstairs.
The business closes at 1 pm on Monday, so if you have lunch here, have it early!
Favorite Dish: I think the bread was the best thing here. Which is not at all meant to be off-putting. I enjoyed tomato soup with mine, while some else had a simple cheese sandwich with mustard and pickles. Two others chose the toasted cheese sandwich (called 'croque monsieur') with cheese and hesp (is ham).
We all had drinks and spent 25.30 euro for 4 persons.
After walking about on the market, it was time for coffee and the famous local 'Mattentaarten'.
Favorite Dish: Mattentaarten are a local delicacy to Geraardsbergen and a protected name. The recipe is fairly simple: a puff pastry case with a sweet crumbly, cheesey filling made of buttermilk. There was a faint hint of almonds.
I thought the filling to be quite dry and therefore my rating of 'somewhat unsatisfied'. I decided it was time for a test...
Saturday, april the 3th. More than 14.999 amateur cyclists took part at the pre-event of the "Tour the Flanders".
And i was there too, no bike but a great intrest and some small money in the pocket to have a local meal.
The pub and chatting café is the best location to see the cyclists at the base of the famous "Wall of Geraardsbergen" - you can have a small bite - a large Belgian beer - and a fantastic view.
Favorite Dish: Just a pancake ( Mattetaarten) - a snack and a special local beer.