Bavarian Beerhouse, EC3N 2AU
- The Arches, 9 Crutched Friars, EC3N 2AU
The Bavarian Beerhouse was a German bar under the railway bridge behind Fenchurch Street Station. It closed for good in October 2018, citing increased business rates, wages, and rent as well as decreased sales.
The information below is retained for historical purposes.
The upstairs is a fairly bland space with a range of long tables, some with high seats and others lower to the ground. Drinks and food are provided via waitress service (the servers are all uniformly female, it seems, and dressed in pseudo-Bavarian costume to fit the theme). There's not much atmosphere upstairs, but a large cellar bar allows for many hundreds more drinkers in a more congenial setting.
The drinks range is good if pricy, with a range of German lagers including Krombacher, Erdinger Hefe Weissbier (and the lovely Dunkel version as well), Lowenbrau and Warsteiner. Drinks are served in the usual measures or in two-pint steins (the latter are £8.10, while pints are £4.20).
The food menu focuses on German food, of course. Ewan tried a couple of the sausage-based dishes, a small dish of Nürnberger Bratwürstl (five small bratwurst sausages with pretzel and a lot of sauerkraut, £5.50) as well as sharing a Bavarian Beerhouse Wurstplatte (two frankfurters, a bratwurst and three Nürnberger sausages with mashed potato, mustard and a vast quantity of the sauerkraut, £12.50). Both had good quality sausages, if rather more sauerkraut than I could eat.
- Photos of the menu as of March 2014: starters and snacks, mains, drinks
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