This lovely place is listed under Bruges but to be honest it is really quite a ways away out in the country. That suited my wife and I fine as we were totally burnt out on the masses of humanity in Bruges.
My take on this place is it is a great place to go for a gastronomic experience. I think the rooms are nice for the price. My complaints on the room were they were very hot and the pillows were way too hard for my personal taste. But that is a personal thing.
The food is another subject. Jan de Storkerij, who is owner along with his wife Ingrid, is a chef who does a ton of artisanal food preparation. He smokes his own salmon and eel. He prepares his own hams in a variety of ways including slow aged ham. He makes his own pates and head cheeses. The breads are baked in house daily. Jan has a very deft hand with deep frying.
They serve a fixed price dinner. We had it with the beer and wine pairing and really enjoyed ourselves. But it was the breakfast buffet that was head and shoulders better than just about anything I've seen except in places that cost much, much more. All the smoked and cured foods I mentioned above, the breads, a fantastic choice of cheeses. These are things that are very hard to come by in our food world of greater and greater government regulation. I would come back specifically for this experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This bed & breakfast is situated in 20 min. from Bruges and Ostende It 's perfect stay to explore the region per car and bike. Small charming hotel in the countryside with free parking and internet. Gastronomical Restaurant around the chief's table.Only upon reservation. Chef Jan Schaek works only with local products. Possibility to check in in the morning, free coffee, collect your key take some maps and go to Bruges for the whole day ... more less
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