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Bergstrasse 12, Walsrode, Germany, 29664

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

Categories: Vegan-friendly, European, Honey, Medieval

5 Reviews

First Review by bhukit-tima

Unbedingt hin wenn man in der Nähe ist - Edit

Beim Blick auf die Internetseite scheint dieses Lokal noch etwas sonderbarer als vegane Restaurants meist ohnehin schon sind. Um so überraschender war der erste Besuch am gestrigen Tage: Hier wurde mit viel Liebe zum Detail ein ganz besonderer, aber überhaupt nicht sonderbarer Ort erschaffen. Selten habe ich ein so stimmig umgesetztes Konzept gesehen. Man sieht keine Glühbirne, keinen Lautsprecher und kein Kabel. Obwohl ich mit dem Thema Mittelalter nicht viel anfangen kann, könnte ich mich dem Reiz dieses Ortes keine Minute entziehen. Das zahlreiche Personal ist durchweg freundlich und immer ansprechbar. Die Speisen sind nicht so, wie man sie schon hundert Mal woanders gegessen hat. Uns hat es zu viert (2x vegan, 2x Omni) ausgezeichnet geschmeckt. Preislich völlig in Ordnung und es freut mich, dass das Restaurant sehr gut besucht war. Das hat man allerdings weder beim Service noch bei der Wartezeit bemerkt. Bravo!

Pros: Ambiente, Personal, Geschmack, Preis

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One can treat oneself with this once in a while - Edit

Walsrode is a small city which I can reach by train but won't even visit once if this special restaurant would not be located there. (Nothing against Walsrode, I just don't have any bonds with that place.) If you happen to be there or near you should definitivelly visit and also if you DON'T live near but are a medieval fan (or want to surprise someone who is). This is also a cool thing to non-vegans who are into medieval stuff. And no, people in the medieval did not eat whole pigs for breakfast all the time.

I myself won't visit that often because of the prices. They are a bit high for the amount of food you get but that's because a part of the money you spend on your meal goes to their own animal sanctuary. That's a lovely thing, isn't it? So you do something for the animals while stuffing your face! Unfortunately people like me can't afford that too often. For example paying that much for a small potato soufflé. But as I said: once in a while it is fine.

And that atmosphere!

I just wish they would start veganising their honey mead. It is the only thing not vegan on their menu and I'd like to have some so bad. In the meantime I have to drink that delicious cherry beer.
Updated from previous review on Friday April 08, 2016

Pros: Great atmosphere, U support an animal sanctuary by dining!, Love the cherry beer

Cons: Prices, Would be vegan without the honey mead...

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Very special+pleasant atmosphere, delicious food - Edit

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 Grünkern -- 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

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A great dining experience - Edit

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: -, -, -

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Awesome place - great food - good people! - Edit

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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