A microbrewery where children are welcome
When you walk through the doors of Brasserie La Bréche, you’ll enter a whole new world.
This is a place where beer and food are the starting point for conversations and friendships.
Tucked away on a side street in the charming city of Béthune, the brasserie feels more like a community hub.
Enjoy the beer brewed onsite, indulge in French cheese and charcuterie boards and let the kids play freely while you strike up conversations with new friends.
A unique venue for the whole family
Beer and friendship are at the heart of the concept, with neither compromised in their creation of this unique taproom come brasserie come social club.
This is a place where children aren’t just welcome; young families are actively encouraged to come and spend time together. There are plenty of kids’ activities, too. With its toddler-sized climbing frame, football table and ‘90s-style arcade games, the first floor feels more like a family social club than a bar.
It’s a unique venue that adults and children alike will enjoy. The grown-ups can relax with pint of craft ale, and the children will be well-occupied too. With plenty of space to park a pram or buggy, it’s accessible and spacious.
Come and learn
France is famed for wine-tasting, but what about beer-tasting? Here you can enjoy workshops run by the team too.
If you are just a little intrigued by the hard work that goes into producing such delicious beers, then come and learn more about the process.
The team will walk you through its secrets, and you’ll also discover how to match your beers with different dishes, cheeses and desserts. You’ll come as a beer lover and return home as a beer connoisseur able to impress your friends!
Be guided by the great team
Guillaume and Colin are the driving force behind the Brasserie. The pair were work colleagues who bonded over beer and took their love of craft ales to the next level.
Their passion is certainly infectious. They take every opportunity to share their passion with their guests. While the team are, understandably, proud of their local beers – in the pursuit of excellence, you’ll find a rotating menu of guest beers alongside the house favourites.
Give the team an idea of what you like, and they can suggest a great option. Alternatively, why not use the opportunity to try something completely new? When everything is locally brewed to perfection, you really can’t go wrong.
The lower floor is largely taken over by the huge beer vats, where the delicious nectar is brewed onsite. It’s available on tap but also bottled, so you can find your favourite and buy a case as a memento of your holiday.
Come for the beer, stay for the food
While this is a microbrewery, it’s not all about the beer. Enjoy charcuterie and cheese boards rich with delicacies from the local region, or indulge the children in a mega pizza to share.
Naturally, there are some desserts on offer, too, just to make sure everyone is catered for at La Brasserie La Bréche.
If beer is not your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of delicious French drinks, such as organic, locally produced kombucha drinks.
A place to hang out and socialise
La Brasserie Bréche has a relaxed, easy going feeling throughout. When it’s warm enough, tables and chairs spill out onto the small terrace at the front, so you can enjoy your beer in the sunshine.
Downstairs is open and airy, with stairs leading up to a large upper level where tables, chairs and large comfortable sofas are dotted between low tables.
This is a space that you can make your own. Join another family at their table or pull a few chairs together for your extended party – the idea is to make yourself at home!
Then there are the games! There really couldn’t be a more perfect way to spend a rainy day in northern France.
It’s fun for kids, and for the adults. A small slide and climbing frame will keep the little ones amused. Meanwhile, the arcade games are a throwback to the ‘90s with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Street Fighter.
Table football is ever popular, or you can choose from a selection of board games and challenge your friends or even complete strangers.
Contribute to the community
When you eat and drink at Brasserie la Bréche, you really do become part of the community in more ways than one. As part of a local cooperative, the team take every opportunity to both involve and give back to those in their local area.
Their latest beer has been brewed with the team from the local cooperative. From collecting hops to crowdfunding – this is a community initiative. When you stop here to enjoy the fruits of their labour, you’ll be contributing to this team effort.
Places to visit…
You’ll be just around the corner from the belfry of Béthune, which was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2005. The impressive tower stands proud in the centre of Grand-Place, where it was built in 1388. You may also stumble across farmers’ markets or foodie trucks in the large square.
Plan your visit Brasserie La Brèche
The opening hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12.30 pm to 9.00 pm and Saturday from 12.30 pm to 10.00 pm. Check on the website as times change depending on the season.
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