To enter is to take a trip in the past. Nostalgia is underrated in this 400 year old pub. The pub visitors drink beer bottles out of the small fridge decorated with posters. Or they sit outside and have an authentic ‘Picon vin blanc’ while watching the tractors - or a stray car - pass by. Behind the counter is the ever friendly Gisèle. 83 years old, adored by her clients and a key figure in the village. She speaks Dutch, French and French Flemish! Yes, French Flemish is a West Flemish dialect spoken in the north of France. The dialect became famous due to the hit movie ‘Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis’.
Anyway, be sure to stop by this amazing pub whenever you’re in the neighbourhood. Or when you accidently end up there because you’ve got sidetracked.
Can’t make it to Houtkerque? Make your own Picon vin blanc with this recipe: "Picon vin blanc recipe à la Gisèle"
1/5 lemon syrup
2/5 Picon à l’orange
2/5 White wine
Take a 40 year-old long drink glass and pour 1/5 of lemon syrup. Add 2/5 of Picon. Don’t use a measuring cup. That would only keep you away from talking to your guests. Finish with 2/5 of white wine. Nothing too fancy! No need to add a slice of orange or zeste, leave it pure and honest. And beware: do not add icecubes, that would only weaken the original taste. Santé!