Het Kuipje has its own stadium bar, one that does justice to Belgium’s fine tradition of stadium bars. Themacafé ’t Kuipje (daily 11am-last guest) is done out in dark wood, offset by tasteful black-and-white photos of Westerlo match action and modern-day line-ups. 

The café has upped its game on the culinary front since Dirk Van den Putte took over a couple of years ago but essentially this is a sports bar with live TV action, Tongerlo beer (once made at the nearby abbey) and plenty of football chat. The venue also runs a separate chip van on match days, proferring cones of perfect Belgian fritestopped with mayonnaise.