Bavarian Beerhouse Oktoberfest Franchise Opportunity

Love Oktoberfest or always wanted to visit but never had the opportunity? Well the biggest beer festival in the world may soon be happening in a city near you! Bavarian Beerhouse, the UK’s number one Oktoberfest specialist, is expanding and offering franchise opportunities for this unique concept in the UK and Ireland. Bavarian Beerhouse Franchise Ltd is planning to roll out 15 new venues over the next five years.

Oktoberfest is well known all over the world, but so far there has been no Oktoberfest restaurant chain, never mind an ‘Oktoberfest’ franchise. That is about to change, as the Bavarian Beerhouse is offering its unique Oktoberfest concept to enterprising franchisees. Potential locations are Birmingham, Brighton, Dublin, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Wakefield, Cardiff, Coventry, Nottingham and Leicester.

Following the foundation of Bavarian Beerhouse Ltd in 2004 by husband-and-wife team Rene and Sabine von Reth, the first year of operation saw this authentic Bavarian pub and restaurant quadruple the revenues seen by the previous tenant, a well-known wine bar. Since then revenues and profits have risen continuously, and in 2009 the couple established Bavarian Beerhouse Franchise Ltd to start the rollout of its successful concept across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

On Tuesday, 2nd November 2010, Bavarian Beerhouse Ltd will hold an information day for pre-qualified franchise prospects, enabling potential franchisees to view the premises and get an idea of what it’s like to run a Bavarian Beerhouse. Attendance is by invitation only. Interested franchisees should contact franchise@bavarian-berhouse.co.uk

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Restaurant Review: Zeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners, South London

Zeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners, LondonZeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners near Vauxhall in South London is the first German gastro pub in the city.  Here one can enjoy traditional and hearty German fare (schnitzel, sausages, sauerkraut) while sipping on a delicate German wine or glugging a generous German beer.

The pub has maintained its rather British character, the decor is a mixture of black and dark red, giving the ambience a particularly gothic feel.  However, the pub also boasts a small, intimate patio area (not particularly chic but definitely an added bonus for spring and summer days).

As expected football is a big deal here and this is the destination for local Germans to congregate to watch the Bundesliga, as well as the imminent World Cup matches.

The staff are particularly good natured, friendly and incredibly laid-back, which can prove a tad irritating at times!  Nevertheless, what the pub lacks in speed is by far made up with the food and drinks on offer.  There are no less than nine types of schnitzel on the menu (this is at first perhaps a little misleading as the majority are a basic schnitzel simply with a different sauce).  The pieces may not be particularly large but the meat is tender, tasty and the mushroom sauce is not to be missed!  As anticipated sausages are also a big feature on the menu with an incredible 8 different sausage dishes on offer.  In addition, there are several other German classics such as meatloaf, roast pork, käsespätzle (German noodles with cheese and onions), a variety of soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches.

Although bottled beers are available, the draught options are the best with the menu boasting: Rothaus Tannenzapfle, Veltins, Bitburger, Krombacher Pils, Warsteiner, Flensburger Lager, Gaffel Kölsch, DAB, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, Das Schwarze, Meister Pils, Sanwald Weizen, Paulaner Lager, Paulaner Hefe, Weihenstephan Hell and Weihenstephan Dunkel. (Price for a pint £3.95.) I was also impressed to find the bar offers not only one or two German wines but in fact excludes wine from any other nation, most unusual even in traditional German establishments.

It’s offers ahoy at Zeitgeist at the moment with deals for lunch, happy hours and World Cup lunch specials so check out the website for any upcoming events and plan a trip to this charming gastropub now!

Zeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners, 49-51 Black Prince Road, London SE11 6AB

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Winter Tales from Berlin

Once again we were off on another, if slightly more whirlwind, trip to Eastern Europe. This time the destination was Berlin, and the aim was a combination of site-seeing and the consumption of Glühwein, Schnitzel and Strudel.

We spent most of the first afternoon, and if I’m honest, evening, wandering around aimlessly. I’d like to claim that this was intentional, but it had more to do with a rubbish map and bad street signs. However we did manage to consume more Glühwein than a person probably should, and, albeit in the dark, got to see the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag. In fact, I personally think this added significant ambience because at night the lighting makes both seem even more dramatic.

Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate

Monday was the only full day we had, so we had to make the most of it. The day started, as most do, with breakfast. We ended up in the fanciest tray service café I have ever been in; it had its own candelabra. It looked ideal! With the below freezing temperatures wewanted some sort of warm potato and sausage-based breakfast and this café had plenty of both. Except, upon ordering we were told that there weren’t any hot potatoes, despite a mound of them being on fairly prominent view. Having argued the point and lost due to linguistic inability, we conceded defeat and ordered sausage and cold potato salad, not ideal, but surprisingly nice.

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