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Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
Has anyone got any experience of coming in on the 7.36pm train to SJPdP and then going for dinner at Beilari? I understand they start the meal at 7.30 and best case scenario I'd be arriving at 7.45. On previous caminos I've stayed at other places but everybody seems to love Beilari, however I'm worried I'm trying to force something that just won't work and reluctant to waste 37 Euro. Thoughts?
 

MickMac

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2013
Frances 2016
Frances 2017
Frances 2018
Frances 2018
Ponferrada-Santiago
July 2019
This maybe sacrilege to all Beilarites so I apologise in advance.
I did not like my stay in the Beilari. Found it a bit forced and personally intrusive the invisible ball game at mealtime left me cold I understand the reasoning to get people talking about themselves, but if I remember correctly I was not given the choice not to get involved, maybe I should have left, but did not know what was coming.
if your not a vegetarian the diner choice was poor not worth the cost.
I feel that some of pilgrims that stay there are seeking a spiritual start and a meaning to walk.
I personally did not know why I was walking, but found that out much later it was the "best decision" I have ever made.
So enjoy your stay in Beilari its not everyones cup of green tea (sorry) but can be a good experience to many people.
This is my personal opinion and runs contrary to many pilgrims obvious thoughts on this establishment.

Buen Camino
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)
I'm staying there at end of month and agree price is a little high especially as no meat at table. I stayed in Orisson last year and it was underwhelming. I think on Camino it's better too leave expectations behind and hope for the best. I stayed in Napoleon Gite when I arrived this time last year on same train time slot. It was excellent and food was one of best on Camino 🤠
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)
the invisible ball game at mealtime left me cold
Was it an imaginary ball of ice 🤠
I personally did not know why I was walking, but found that out much later it was the "best decision" I have ever made.
Please share, was staying at Beilari best decision or revelation of why you where walking 'best decision'.
 

MickMac

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2013
Frances 2016
Frances 2017
Frances 2018
Frances 2018
Ponferrada-Santiago
July 2019

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)
I thought all Derry people were veggies🤔 enjoy! maybe they have meat? Ham sandwich please 😉
Derry wans are carnivorous whereas Londonderry wans are the fruitarians or is it the other way around 🤠
 

MickMac

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2013
Frances 2016
Frances 2017
Frances 2018
Frances 2018
Ponferrada-Santiago
July 2019
Those fruitarians like tomatoe and cheese bocadillos just to be different.
 

C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
I did not like my stay in the Beilari. Found it a bit forced and personally intrusive
I don't like that sort of thing much either. However, twice now, I have "forced" myself to participate in good humour. I found that I was able to enjoy myself - partly because no one from my normal life was there and I could step out of my normal character. I was pleased to accomplish that, and it helped me set forth in a more sociable open-minded mood. ;)

Having said that, it is certainly not the only good way to start your Camino, so I'd suggest not adding the pressure of being on time.
 

josephmcclain

Active Member
Has anyone got any experience of coming in on the 7.36pm train to SJPdP and then going for dinner at Beilari? I understand they start the meal at 7.30 and best case scenario I'd be arriving at 7.45. On previous caminos I've stayed at other places but everybody seems to love Beilari, however I'm worried I'm trying to force something that just won't work and reluctant to waste 37 Euro. Thoughts?
I have volunteered at Beilari and it is not uncommon for someone to arrive a little late. Do it. You won´t forget it and you will be welcomed warmly.
 

josephmcclain

Active Member
Has anyone got any experience of coming in on the 7.36pm train to SJPdP and then going for dinner at Beilari? I understand they start the meal at 7.30 and best case scenario I'd be arriving at 7.45. On previous caminos I've stayed at other places but everybody seems to love Beilari, however I'm worried I'm trying to force something that just won't work and reluctant to waste 37 Euro. Thoughts?
Also am not a vegetarian, but found the food at Beilari delicious and plentiful. No problem. It is a very wonderful experience.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
Thanks for the inside information @josephmcclain , much appreciated!

Could you tell me at roughly what time the meal usually ends so I can get an idea of how much of it I would be missing?

Thanks,

Rob.
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese,Frances,Norte,Salvador/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
Thanks for the inside information @josephmcclain , much appreciated!

Could you tell me at roughly what time the meal usually ends so I can get an idea of how much of it I would be missing?

Thanks,

Rob.
Hi Dorpie
I can’t remember exactly the start time for dinner but you’d probably only miss the ‘invisible ball’ game , wink wink .
In 2016 I had booked 2 nights there with others finishing the Le Puy Route. 2 of them walked the stretch Sjpdp to Roncevalles on 2nd day (to finish off ) and bussed back. They arrived late but still fitted in for dinner. I got 2 nights of ‘invisible ball’. Great little town to hang out for day though
To each his own / they are very helpful and friendly there. I’m not a veggie either and I am with @MickMac there. I think the game thing might help some newbies on first camino understand their companions and form new friendships but after finishing a walk; I must admit I too had to force myself a little .
Buen camino
Annie
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
This maybe sacrilege to all Beilarites so I apologise in advance.
I did not like my stay in the Beilari. Found it a bit forced and personally intrusive the invisible ball game at mealtime left me cold I understand the reasoning to get people talking about themselves, but if I remember correctly I was not given the choice not to get involved, maybe I should have left, but did not know what was coming.
if your not a vegetarian the diner choice was poor not worth the cost.
I feel that some of pilgrims that stay there are seeking a spiritual start and a meaning to walk.
I personally did not know why I was walking, but found that out much later it was the "best decision" I have ever made.
So enjoy your stay in Beilari its not everyones cup of green tea (sorry) but can be a good experience to many people.
This is my personal opinion and runs contrary to many pilgrims obvious thoughts on this establishment.

Buen Camino
Hola @MickMac. I can totally understand your position. Some times you are happy to co-mingle, others you just want a quiet meal and good glass of vino tinto. About the meal - was there any advance warning/advice that it was a vego deal?? Unless the philosophy of the place indicated such I would have thought that such info in advance was a necessity. Now I enjoy a good vegetarian meal, but like the option to part-take or skip up front. (PS I do not know Beilari - so please forgive me ignorance, or speaking out of turn). Cheers
 

MickMac

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2013
Frances 2016
Frances 2017
Frances 2018
Frances 2018
Ponferrada-Santiago
July 2019
Mike.
I wouldn't mind but the invisible ball nearly put my eye out metaphorically of course . 😜
 
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Jim P

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Camino(s) past & future
Walking Camino Frances beginning Sept 6, 2019
Has anyone got any experience of coming in on the 7.36pm train to SJPdP and then going for dinner at Beilari? I understand they start the meal at 7.30 and best case scenario I'd be arriving at 7.45. On previous caminos I've stayed at other places but everybody seems to love Beilari, however I'm worried I'm trying to force something that just won't work and reluctant to waste 37 Euro. Thoughts?
I faced the same dilemma, but solved it by staying a second night to unwind from traveling. Ate dinner there even tho I was staying elsewhere. And I'll respectfully disagree with MickMac. While I understand that the game playing is a bit artificial (a pretend ball is tossed from person to person to introduce yourselves), it served it's purpose. Joseph, the proprietor, and Matthew, his son-in-law the cook, are warm and welcoming. They attempt to set a tone for the upcoming experience that I found useful. As for the meal, I found it delightful, tho I am vegetarian. Even the meat eaters I sat near liked it. Everyone wants a different experience, perhaps, so choose what suits you best.
 

Arlene Laskey

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April-May 2018
Camino Portuguese ?2021? maybe
I enjoyed my stay at Beilari. I do eat meat but enjoy veggie meals on occasion. As for the introduction game, I actually enjoyed it very much. And bonded with many of the participants. But I agree, not everyone's cup of tea, and if you are on the fence, don't feel you have to go there.
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
I have stayed at Beilari many times and love it.
1. The food is full of enough cheese and flavor to please anyone and after weeks of meat and fries you might find yourself longing for a veggie.
2. Joseph plays the invisible ball game to help each one not only to get to know each other but it helps you discover something about yourself.
For instance, my first Camino I might not have liked the game either, but now I enjoy the sharing as a head start on the magic that brings people together on the Camino.
And to answer the original question just let Joseph know and he will welcome you whenever you arrive and save your dinner.
Buen Camino
 

LynnW

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2019), Camino Finisterre (2019
Has anyone got any experience of coming in on the 7.36pm train to SJPdP and then going for dinner at Beilari? I understand they start the meal at 7.30 and best case scenario I'd be arriving at 7.45. On previous caminos I've stayed at other places but everybody seems to love Beilari, however I'm worried I'm trying to force something that just won't work and reluctant to waste 37 Euro. Thoughts?
I stayed there in April. They held dinner for me. The food was good if you are vegetarian. I didn’t think the stay was worth the change, especially after the host nearly came to blows with a pilgrim who wanted to switch their room assignment
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Huh, funny. 🤔 I stayed there April 2019, and though I’m not a vegetarian, I didn't remember NOT having meat that night until this discussion!!! 😂. I guess the meal was that good or, more likely, the food was secondary to the experience.
 

C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
Huh, funny. 🤔 I stayed there April 2019, and though I’m not a vegetarian, I didn't remember NOT having meat that night until this discussion!!! 😂. I guess the meal was that good or, more likely, the food was secondary to the experience.
I don't remember either! If someone has eating restrictions, they should say so in advance, but I don't think the host should be obliged to announce the menu at the time of reservations. Maybe the meal will have meat, maybe not. Maybe this, or that. Meals without meat are quite normal these days, even for people who are not "Vegetarian."
 

Old Kiwi

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances "2016"
Camino Frances "2019"
I have stayed at Beilari twice. I only went the second time because my daughter wanted to go there. I have no complaints about the "invisible ball' game or the fact that it was a vegetarian meal. Joseph was very welcoming and friendly. I just think it is a bit expensive for what you get. You can get the equivalent level of accommodation and meal most places on the Camino for around 20E.
 

Kanga

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
It is France. Always more expensive than Spain, in my experience.
 

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