I arrived just after 10 am on the day I arrived in Germany. The server rose from his semi-comatose position and said, "Bier?" I said "Bitte." He disappreared for quite some time, then returned with a small wooden cask on a hand trolly, which he racked just inside the front door. He grabbed a mallet and slammed a small spigot into the cask, poured my glass of beer and brough it to my table. I asked if that was the first beer he had served that day. He just smiled and said, "Ganz frisch." A new glass arrived every 10 minutes after that, until I surrendered.
Fin (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 27, 2014
We (Me, dad &’Barry) visited here on Thursday 26th March 2014. It had only just opened when we arrived and despite us having two beers it remained a very quiet place when we left. Getting here was a relatively short walk (10 mins) straight from cathedral nr Tourist Info’ along that road, easy to find and flat easy walk. As you enter you are in a main sort of tiled corridor this appears to be for those who are just drinking, with a very large room off to the right and smaller room to the left for eating & drinking. Beers were very reasonably priced, with six 200ml glasses (the only size option) costing us under €10. The beer and venue (it was a lovely old place) excellent, service was good, would be nice to return when it was a little livelier.
One of the great pubs of the world, I rate it as highly as that. Just around the corner from our hotel, we visited it more than once and I loved it. Each of the rooms has a different ambiance, but try and place yourself just after the serving area, the beer will flow. No need for music here, that chat is loud, jocular and raucous. The waiters are the best in town, particularly the one now known to us as Millwall (you know who you are!!). The food is of Germanic proportions and surprisingly tasty. Choose a big table and you will be joined, which is what this place is about, it is friendly and down to earth, it will remain in my memory with great fondness. I will be back.
Visited on Friday 26/04/13 around 5.30pm and we bagged one of the last two remaining tables.
A medium to large rectangular shaped room awaits you with wooden tables and chairs. The walls are adorned with large mirrors and portraits almost like the hall to a medieval castle.
There was also a smaller smokers room to the side.
The beer is dispensed from a wooden barrel in the hallway as you enter and served by 40/50 year old male waiters to good effect.
Great slice of tradition !
About a 30 minute walk from the hotel, but well worth the visit. A very large place with multiple rooms inside, and a central outdoor courtyard, with a fine view of the copper brewing equipment in the building behind. Quite busy on a Tuesday evening, but the place was so large there were still tables available in the courtyard. Waitstaff had a menu in my hands in a minute, but it took almost 5 for the beer (!). It was worth it though; an extremely crisp and clean Kolsch. Refills were prompt in the standard Koln style of replacing your glass when empty without asking unless covered with your coaster. Food was perhaps a tad bit pricy, but it was good and quick. Nice place, with a lot of character.
A nice German bier garten at the rear of the pub/restaurant. We sat down in the bier garten and ordered two small glasses (200ml) of their excellent version of the Kölsch style, poured directly from a large wooden barrel. Polite service and rather relaxed atmosphere. Has got a few more beers on the menu than just their own brew. Located ten minutes’ walk from the Dom in a much more quiet area of Köln (visited with Frau Eva 22.07.2014).
Lovely place visited 2 times during my short visit to Cologne.The best Kolsch, service and food, together with a nice patio out back where you can enjoy eating and drinking in the shadow. Crowded at both my visits, the waiters was busy, but efficient. Good food selection, a place to relax and enjoy
A very malty Kölsch is served here in one of the most authentic-looking Köln pubs. Well worked old wooden furniture. Loud and appreciative patrons. The numerous waiters get the job done in a quick and smiling manner. Thumbs up, if not quite my favourtie in town.