I’ve been wanting to visit Zeitgeist for quite a while now. Self proclaimed as London’s first German Gastro pub and boasting 16 draught beers the attraction is obvious. Heading from Waterloo we cut through Lambeth back streets and estates. English is leading the way, confident that we’re heading in the right direction. With the intervention of Google Maps we find ourselves on Black Prince Road and ahead of us is this most unlikely of German pubs. A grand old Lambeth boozer with none of the Bavarian Beerhall tat and dirndl clad barmaids that can usually be expected. It’s a busy Thursday night and the crowd is younger than the VH1 Classic’s playing on the big screens would suggest. I’m not a fan of TV’s in pubs but this serves as an impromptu quiz as we take a tour through the 80’s “The Stranglers…. see I told you”
Starting with a dark Krombacher, we move to a Kostrizter, which again is dark though less carbonated and more to my taste. We move to a Kölsch to accompany food the Kolsch Art Schnitzel (Cologne style). The scnitzel is wrapped around black pudding, topped with onion and sided with mash. I mean what else would you want? The solitary straggle of frisee is uneccesary and taking up space for mash, onions or some kind of pickled veg, but this is a small point in what was a very nice dish.
We move on from Zeitgesit towards the Black Dog with the slow amble when you’ve been well fed and watered. It will won’t be long until i’m back as by my reckoning im only about a quarter of a way through the taps and there is the lure of the yet untried Currywurst.
Zeitgeist @ Jolly Gardners, 49-51 Black Prince Rd, SE11 6AB