Fin (1108) 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.
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.
Bit outside of the real (toursitic) centre. Large place with airy inside area, closed of rooms as well as a biergarten. It was rainy crazy though, so we took place in the middle room of which the walls were classically yet classy decorated and most tables were empty, beer menus ready for mosre visitors. Staff was friendly and professional. The Kolsch is (amongst) the best in town, very creamy and just very drinkable. Was too bad we felt leaving back for home. Typical German pub food, but we were full from our earlier Kolsch house visits. Overall a very German experience and very good Kolsch so I have to up my rating just for that. Must visit when in town.
I liked this place. Of course only one beer to choose. Service was pretty good, but did have to wait for refills. Food was pretty good, but not cheap. I would go back 2nd best place I went in the city.
Walked here for lunch one day while staying in Cologne. Very nice place with an old rustic feel. Service was prompt and fairly friendly. Selection... well it is what it is. Food was very good, lots of fatty traditional German food. Prices seemed great. Watching them tap the kegs of Kolsch was great and the beer was so fresh.
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 !