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“Pretty good pub food”
Review of De Zwarte Ruiter

De Zwarte Ruiter
Ranked #8 of 20 Restaurants in Gulpen
Cuisines: Dutch, Bar, European, French
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Dining options: Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Bar and restaurant, situated adjacent to the Gulpener Brewery, with a unique charm and warm atmosphere in Gulpen. Drinks, lunch, dinner.
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“Pretty good pub food”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

Stopped by here just on a whim after hitting the brewery. Waiter was friendly and joking about the fact that he didn't have any English menus available. We knew a few key menu items in Dutch but he was more than happy to help us out and describe the dishes (in very good English). Nice atmosphere, both inside and out - it began to ran about half way through our outdoor meal so they moved us inside. When we asked the bartender about the Mestreechs Aajts beer (local brew sold in Gulpen only) he took us into the their brew room for a look. Very interesting look at the Lambic/Belgian style brewing in a very small setup. We sampled some and it's a bit strong - thus some previous reviews about the beer being "sour," "bitter," and "spoiled." If you're not used to Lambic type brewing, then it is most definitely a kick in the taste buds. As for how it compares to other Lambics? Not too shabby, though I didn't bother to order a second one, I'll stick to dubbels. In my limited beer touring experience, the Gulpener menu has many beers much more suited to whatever you decide to order along with your main course. Give this one a go if you're curious or like Lambics, but I'd say start with it and drink something else with dinner.

As for food, I had the Holland steak with herb sauce (Hollandse biefstuk met kruiden-pepersaus) and it was very good - especially for a "pub."

Around the table we also had the beef stew cooked in a beer/apples sauce (Stoofpotje van rundvlees, bereid met Gulpener speciaalbier ) - very good;
A pork knuckle marinated in their Mestreechs Aajt beer (Spaakhammetje, gemarineerd in Gulpener "Mestreechs Aajt", met stroopsaus) - better than just the beer by itself;
finally, a mixed green salad with two brie coquettes (Maaltijdsalade met gegratineerde Val-Dieu kaasjes) - very good.
By the end of it, all four plates were clean and no complaints. Top that off with several good local beers (all Gulpener, of course) and it was quite good. Never did make it to dessert!

I recommend this place to anyone coming through Gulpener, especially if you had the fortune of getting a tour of the brewery. Short walk around the corner. Again, if you don't like VERY sour Lambic beer, then probably best to stick with the Dort, Pilsners, or Dubbel; all very good small craft beers.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank J H
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“best pub in the region”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

Cosy pub, good hosts, meeting the locals and fine food from chef Jos

Visited November 2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2011

We visited this restaurant based on recommendation from Gulpener Brewery to taste Gulpen beer. Restaurant was relatively nice place, but despite many people inside with very poor service and horrendeous beer. Right from the first beer, all of them we had were spoiled, sour with nasty aftertaste. I can't imagine how anyone can recommend this place as its beer flagship. Thumbs down for you!

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank Petermarkup
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