Binge drinking is clearly a bit of a problem in this country and I’m really not sure how effective the endless health warnings actually are. Maybe the whole concept of drinking ourselves into a mild stupor at every opportunity is genetically ingrained into every Brit. Case in point was my visit to Bavarian Beerhouse with Mr Pants. One minute we were casually discussing over a pint how us Brits really should learn to drink in a more Continental manner. Just one more pint later he utters the dreaded words “Let’s just get smashed!” And thus started an ‘interesting’ night!
The Bavarian Beerhouse is all about great German beers, hearty Bavarian food and an all-round fun night with a group. If you want a quiet night, pop into Moorfields Hospital next door. The massive underground venue is modelled on a traditional Bavarian beerhall, albeit a well-used one, with long bench seating and no real décor to speak of; they’ve also got a very cool ski chalet style room for private events. To keep with the theme, the waitresses even wear Heidi style style dresses – no bad thing I assure you!
Beers can be had in 1-litre ‘Steins’ and include a light and easy Kaltenberg Pilsner and a dark and slightly fruity Paulaner Hefe Weissbier. They’ve also got chilled Jägermeister (which also means lethal ‘Jager-Bombs’!) as well as the option of having racks full of shots of schnapps.
The food is ideally suited to the environment; it doesn’t expect to win any awards, but it’s tasty and it’ll certainly do a job of soaking up the beers. Our starters included Nürnberger Bratwürstl (grilled sausages served with sauerkraut) and Weisswurst (boiled white veil sausages) which need to be eaten by cutting the meat out of the skin. Mains included a scarily large and overdone Roast pork shank with sauerkraut & potato dumplings and a distinctly unsophisticated but satisfying Bavarian beef goulash which was served with a rich beer sauce.
Ultimately, The Bavarian Beerhouse is a great group destination venue where fun and beer comes first. It’s also worth keeping tabs on their regular German inspired events, including Oktoberfest and German Beer Day.
Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks): £40
190 City Road