Finding great German food in London isn’t as difficult as you might think. The capital is home to numerous German bars, restaurants and bakeries run by ex-pats and locals alike, and many of these offer quality food and drink, excellent atmospheres and great value-for-money. So if you are a German craving a taste of home, an English person looking to see how those on the continent dine, or a tourist looking for something a bit different, have a look at the following list to choose a great place for your lunch, dinner or maybe just a drink or two of excellent German beer.
This traditional German restaurant has two branches: one in Tower Hill, and one in Old Street. On Mondays try its special schnitzel deal: a schnitzel of your choice, chips (French fries) and a pint of German beer; all for just £15. You can also catch German football league games here.
“Great German beer and food, standard price expected being in London and imported, however a tad expensive on the Jager trains. “
“fab rowdy atmosphere, great beer, friendly staff . Brilliant night out stumbled on by mistake after having a turkey awful meal at Jamie’s Fifteen!!”
190 City Road, London EC1V2QH
9 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2AU
This pub is becoming very popular and offers a variety of German fast food at reasonable prices as well as a wide range of imported German beers. Particularly good value for money is the Friday all–you-can-eat buffet for just £7.95; not bad at all considering the quality of the food here which is fast gaining a reputation for excellence. A big screen TV means that football fans need not miss any games of the Bundesliga season while vegetarians also are well catered to at Zeitgeist pub.
“This pub is real taste of Germany in the centre of London. The beers selection is fantastic, there is a great selection of bottled beers as well as the excellent draught beers. The food is very traditional and very tasty.”
“Reasonable dishes, good choice of beer, and best place to watch German football”
Address: 49-51 Black Prince Road, SE11 6AB
It’s Octoberfest all year round in this Bavarian-themed pub and restaurant. This lively place offers Bundesliga football, Bavarian food, live music, theme nights and special food and drink challenges.
“This is a great place to have a drink and eat with friends. We came for a stag do and had a very good time. Staff were helpful and friendly, the food was authentic, beer delicious and the brass band very atmospheric! Would highly recommend to anyone.”
“You always have that ‘place’ you go with the special group of friends that you love but don’t see very often, so it has to be good. Well this is THAT place ….”
Address: 678-680 Fulham Rd, London SW65SA
Katzenjammers, which means hangover in German, is becoming one of THE places to drink, dine and be seen in the capital. Like Octoberfest pub, it has a Bavarian theme with an Oompah band on Saturdays and delicious Bavarian food and drink all week. It’s Kitschy, but in an ironic way for the cool London crowd. Try the Fleischkaese (Bavarian meat loaf served with Sauerkraut and pretzels) for just £5.75.
“visited with friends, food excellent, atmosphere fun and vibrant, staff friendly, happy and in authentic German clothing… loved it.”
“through a door, down some steps and suddenly you’re in Bavaria! A great bierkeller with typical wooden tables and benches.”
Address: 24 Southwark Street, SE1
Stein’s Bavarian Bar and Restaurant
This bar and restaurant has too branches, one in Kingston and the other in Richmond. Both restaurants offer a similar choice of food and drink, that is: German standards as well as regional specialities from Bavaria. Of the two branches, Richmond offers perhaps the slightly better ambience as it is riverside with an excellent view of the river Thames.
“Lovely location,raised floor areas with large umbrellas on the balconies with views down the Thames to Kingston Bridge.”
“Really good value. We couldn’t finish our platter, it was fab. Good service and really nice position. We will be back.”
Stein’s Bavarian Bar and Restaurant, 56 High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HN
Richmond Towpath, Richmond, TW10 6UX.
Herman Ze German
This bar and restaurant is another popular spot and is renowned for its wide range of different sausages. These sausages are all imported from the Black Forest where a butcher known to the restaurant owners prepares them. In addition, the staff bake fresh breads and pastries daily. It currently has two locations, in Charing Cross and in Soho.
“This is a cracking little German restaurant that keeps it simple and delivers.”
“German bear, German sausages, sauerkraut, pommes (fries), potato salad, schnitzel in a nice fast-food environment with reasonable prices.”
19 Villiers Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 6ND
33 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 5JU
This German bakery and restaurant in Hammersmith has a wide-ranging menu featuring dishes such as Pretzels, Berliners (donuts,) sandwiches, schnitzel, currywurst and Bagels. If you are in the area, this makes an excellent place to try German food for the first time or to get a taste of home. Food and drink can be consumed on the premises or taken away.
“This place is worth visiting purely to buy their bread the brötchen (rolls) and the loaves are simply miles ahead of what’s normally available in London and Bäkehaus isn’t even very expensive!”
“Compared to many other upmarket/artisan bread shops, Bakehaus offers good value.”
Address: Bäkehaus, 71 King St, London W6 9HW
The meals in Bierschenke restaurant are all made with imported German ingredients, so the real deal! Some of the menu items include: Half a roasted chicken with potatoes and salad for £8.95,Bavarian-style sausage salad with bread and pretzel for £5.90, Curry sausage with chips for £7.90 and German lager at under £5.00 a pint. There are also numerous event nights such as Student night, Bavarian Band night, Football night, and so on.
“The beer is great. The food, whilst not gourmet, was plentiful (portions are outrageously large) and the band were superb.”
“If you want to enjoy excellent Bavarian food and all kinds of German beer, this is the right place! Love it and definitely come back!”
Address: Bierschenke, Essex St, London WC2R 3JF
This place is right in the middle of the West End, so a good spot to stop before or after a trip to the theatre. It has a wide range of beers including Pilsners,Weiβbiers and darks and a menu featuring regional specialities such as Original Berliner currywurst with chips for £7.50, Nurnburger sausages served with chips and pretzel for £5.90 and Debreeziner served with sauerkraut and horseradish for £6.90. This in addition to numerous theme nights including football night, band night, quiz night, and the like.
“The experience of Bierpalast, on the whole, was hugely enjoyable.”
“A great night out and good, filling food.”
Address: 46 Essex Street, WC2