This Tour takes us to lovely Bruges just at the time of publication of our third edition of Around Bruges in 80 Beers and at the time of the annual Bruges Beer Festival which is a great event and now established as one of the highlights of the Belgian Beer calendar.
05.15 Coach pick up at Crown Street Layby Ipswich, Suffolk (opposite NCP Car Park).
05.45 Coach pick up Chapel St South Layby Southway, Colchester CO2 7BA.
06.15 Coach pick up The Woolpack, Mildmay Road, Chelmsford CM2 0DN.
07.50 Pick up at Stop 24, (J11, M20) Kent CT21 4BL.
09.20 Eurotunnel from Folkestone.
11.00 Arrive Calais.
12.00 The first stop will be at De Verloren Gernoare in Adinkerke where we will share a beer with Marc who will have retired from the café two days beforehand and is coming back for a farewell beer with us. First beer is on Podge*.
13.30 Arrive at Bistro Nieuwege in Varsenare for our prebooked meal and a choice from their excellent beerlist.
16.30 Check in at four star Hotel Acadamie. Maps of Bruges* and copies of Podge’s Bruges Top 10 Bar Guide* are available. Advance copies of Around Bruges in 80 Beers third edition will also be on sale, hot off the press. The Bruges Beer Festival will also be in full flow.
10.00 Head off by coach to Alvinne Brewery in Moen. Here we have a quick Brewery Tour* and a beer or two with the brewers, first beer is on Podge*.
13.30 Stop at the excellent Straetje Zonder Einde (The Street without End) in Desselgem for a pre-arranged food and beer stop.
16.00 Call in at Den Heirweg in Zedelgem for a beer or perhaps even a second. Once again this great cafe has been awarded a top Orval Ambassadeurship.
18.00 Arrive back in Bruges for another crack at the Bruges Beer Festival.
10.00 Coach leaves for a visit to Dranken Geers, the best beer warehouse in Belgium for an opportunity to buy beer to take home.
12.30 Visit to the Surprise Café in Herdersem. This is a neat little bar dedicated to the old Weize Beer Festival and incorporates a pig museum. Please bring a pig to add to their museum.
14.30 As many of you will know there are a host of new breweries coming on to the Belgian brewing scene however the De Ryck family brewery in Herzele can look back to 1886 for its roots. We will pay Ann and her brewery a visit for a Tour*, Tasting* and a sandwich.*
17.15 Arrive back in Bruges for a delve into some of the newer bars featured in Around Bruges in 80 Beers new third edition.
10.00 Leave hotel in Bruges and make our way back home via a few beer and food stops.
10.30 Arrive at Strubbe Brewery in nearby Ichtegem which can trace its heritage back to 1830. We will have a tour* and beer tasting* guided by sixth generation master brewer Marc Strubbe. Hopefully we will hear about some of their new projects including ageing beer in oak.
13.00 Arrive at the excellent top Belgian Beer Cusine restaurant De Bistronoom in Ostend for a pre-arranged three course meal accompanied by a special beer with each course.
15.00 Call in at great new specialist beer café Kunstemaecker in Steenkerke near Veurne who are opening especially for us so we can choose from their exceptional beer menu.
18.00 Leave for Eurotunnel, Calais.
19:50 Leave Calais on Eurotunnel.
19:30 Arrive Folkestone.
19:40 Coach drop off Stop 24 (J11, M20) Kent CT21 4BL.
21:15 Coach drop off 102 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford CM2 0EA.
22:00 Coach drop off Chapel St South Layby Southway, Colchester CO2 7BA.
22.30 Coach drop off Crown Street, Ipswich, Suffolk (opposite NCP Car Park).
Based on sharing in a twin or double room. Single Supplement: £100. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Podge as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payments of Single Supplements.
All detailed itinerary times are local and approximate. All food and drink (apart from those marked with an asterisk* on the detailed itinerary) and all passport and insurance costs are each traveller’s responsibility. Personal insurance is not included in the Tour price, but is strongly advised, as is carrying the European Health Insurance Card available online, by phone or via the Post Office.
If you would like to join us or have any questions please call Podge on +44 (0)1245 354677 or send Podge an email. Please also contact Podge to get details of how to send a deposit of £100 per person for this Tour. Full balance payable five weeks before departure.
Included in the cost of this Tour: Hotel accommodation and breakfasts; Luxury coach travel on a 49 seater coach with toilet; All Brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings; Entrance fees to attractions, museums and historical sites; All other items marked with an asterisk on the individual detailed tour itinerary; Copies of Podge’s City Bar guide and Map for the town or city where we stay or spend some time on Tour; Free still and sparkling water on the coach; Pick up from Ipswich (Crown Street Layby), Colchester (Southway Chapel St South Layby) or Chelmsford (The Woolpack, Mildmay Road). Arrangements can be made for different joining points on the way to Folkestone or even on the other side of the channel. Please also have a look at our Terms and Conditions.