Relaxed, Medieval atmosphere. Staff dressed in medieval style. Serving vegan-only except for honey. Supports animal sanctuary with the money earned. Also operates a medieval shop next door. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, European, Medieval
Bergstrasse 12
Walsrode, Germany 29664

Wed 5:00pm-1:00am, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-1:00am

  • Outdoor seating


First Review by bhukit-tima
  • vegan

Very special+pleasant atmosphere, delicious food

Posted on 10 / 27 / 2012

We read about Zauberkessel in a very positive review in the veggie magazine "Kochen ohne Knochen" and decided to visit. We were fascinated by the unique atmosphere (as described in the previous reviews), the friendliness and unobtrusiveness of staff, and the delicious food.

Atmosphere: not only does the interior, lighting (only candles and gas lamps), cutlery and crockery look authentically medieval -- even staff is dressed in an ancient way and speaks as if they were from a different time. Furthermore, the menu affectionately describes every dish in an old-fashioned way, referring to the "new world" for ingredients that were not known in the Middle Ages.

Menu: the regular menu includes an ample choice of starters, soups, salads, main dishes, desserts, soft and alcoholic drinks -- most of them with fancy names such as Vorkoster (taster), Trunkenbold (drunkard), Hofnarr (jester). There was an additional daily menu on the table. The cuisine is not purely medieval-European -- though there are imitations of classic meat dishes, such as seitan-based schnitzel. In addition, the menu borrows from different cuisines, e.g., Asian (grilled tofu skewers) and Mediterranean (ratatouille with mashed potatoes). However, we don't know whether (and how often) the menu changes. We were told that all food and drinks are vegan except for the mead (which obviously contains honey).

Our food: starters were "Vorkoster" (freshly baked, still hot, white flatbread with a large helping of roast-onion lard) and "Trunkenbold" (deep-fried battered vegetables with salad and two tasty dips; a bit similar to Indian pakoras, but the batter is a traditional beer batter). This was followed by the mains "Hofnarr" (seitan-based schnitzel with mushroom sauce, peas+carrots and steamed potatoes) and "Mitgard" (rice patty with very tender green beans and roast potatoes; patties can alternatively be based on soy or Gr√ľnkern -- unripe spelt grain). There was only space for one dessert, which was Konkavelite, an apparently medieval custard based on almonds and cherries, topped with caramel sauce. For drinks, we had hot elderberry juice and two fruit wines (cherry and blueberry). Everything was delicious and filling -- we had to roll our way out when we left. ;-)

Extras: there is a medieval store next door and a donation box for the animal protection society mentioned here before.

Conclusion: highly recommendable for a dinner for two or a company outing. Reachable by train and bus.

Pros: Authentic, unique atmosphere, Friendly staff, Delicious food
  • vegan

A great dining experience

Posted on 12 / 26 / 2011

This restaurant is highly recommendable! The medieval atmosphere is unique, especially for a vegan Restaurant, you feel like being beamed into the medieval.
The staff is wearing medieval clothes and talking in the way they did, you have medieval music and burning fireplace. Even the crockery and cutlery seem to be original. The service and food was excellent! I had chestnuts with red cabbage and seitan ragout as maine course and it was delicious just as the starter and the dessert. This was our first time in the "Zauberkessel" but definitely not our last. Its also possible to rent a Knight's Hall for special events. Go for it, you will not regret it!

Pros: high quality organic food, excellent service, a unique medieval atmosphere
Cons: -, -, -
  • vegan

Awesome place - great food - good people!

Posted on 11 / 30 / 2010

We discovered the Zauberkessel by accident as it is located in a rather small city. It is the only medieval vegan restaurant in Germany that I have heard of. Although most of the time medieval food is associated with huge loads of meat, it is actually much more authentic to serve vegetarian or vegan food, as people didn't really eat much meat back then.
The restaurant completely looks and feels like an old medieval tavern with every detail cautiously designed, from manually forged cutlery to handmade pottery for serving food and drinks.
Candle light, knight's armor, staff dressed in historical costumes and speaking medieval dialect all help to create a very special atmosphere.

All food is vegan and absolutely delicious! They offer a good choice of starters, main dishes and desserts. We tried several of them and it was really really tasty! Also they have their specially brewed varieties of beer.

There are corners and tables for smaller groups and several large tables for people to mix and communicate. This is also something that makes this a really special place.

The most extraordinary aspect however is that the owners of the restaurant run an animal sanctuary and the whole profit of the restaurant directly helps to finance it. We had a long conversation with them and couldn't really leave anymore. They are fascinating and very compassionate people who make the Zauberkessel a truly amazing and unusual restaurant.

Absolutely worth visiting!

Pros: atmosphere, food, people
Cons: rather remote location


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Last updated: 2013/11/16


Added: 2010/11/26


Added by: bhukit-tima