Some things never change and Bierhandel De Pijp (which translates as beer merchant The Pipe) is such a thing. The restaurant started in 1898, more than a century ago. Devastated during the bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940 it rose from its ashes in August of the same year in the Gaffelstraat, where it still is now.
At restaurant De Pijp you don’t have your own table but you take a seat at the long table the waiter will direct you to. These waiters are students from the oldest Rotterdam student association, founded in 1913 when the Erasmus University started.
The French-Dutch menu is written on chalk boards hanging on the wall and you can eat some real old fashioned food here. Red cabbage, baked liver (a dish not many Dutch restaurants serve these days), haddock, lamb roast and braised beef. Also on the walls is a large collection of club ties and a collection of old photographs and paraphernalia.
The first time I was there was when I had just arrived in Rotterdam as a new resident, and when I came back some twenty years later it was still the same. I really do hope it will always stay the same. But I would be surprised to come back and see it had changed.