“kurz&lang” – German Bratwurst in London

A sausage is not a sausage – at least not in the UK. More than once I took a closer look at what was sold to me as one and then wished I hadn’t: most of the time they were made from gristles, other cheap meat-remains or even cereals.

Real German Currywurst at "kurzundlang" in central London.

For a German, who is used to delicious sausages in all sizes, the Britsh sausage-situation can only be bemoaned.

That is why it was only a question of time until I started to look for a place that sells German sausages that actually are worthy to be called “wurst”.

In London Farringdon, close to the tube station, “kurz&lang – The Bratwurst Company” promised to offer real German wurst along with German beer, Sauerkraut, German bread (another biiig issue) and other German treats.

And once I entered the little Wurstbude I was greeted by the oh, so familiar smell of roasting Bratwurst – something I never thought I would miss so much.

The fellow behind the counter, a guy from Cologne, displayed the typical, adorable – a little rough but good hearted – way only people from the German Rhineland area have.

Finally: A real German Currywurst

For the enormous price of £4,70 he handed me a Currywurst with a middle sized German bread roll.

The Currywurst is a very typical German fast food that is sold everywhere and usually eaten out of a little white paper bowl while standing up.

It is a chopped up Bratwurst that comes with warm curry ketchup sauce and curry powder and therefore is rather spicy.

Special about the Bratwurst at “kurz&lang” is that it is (as almost everything else) imported from Germany – from  a traditional butchering company near Mainz that is family run.

Unfortunately, my Currywurst was rather cold and the Curryketchup that was splashed upon it was not heated either.

Furthermore, Currywurst normally comes with fries – Pommes. But at “kurz&lang” they only offer Pommes from Friday night until Sunday morning. The rest of the week roast potatoes have to do.

Other German treats

Two thirds of the employees at "kurzundlang" are German.

The range of beers that are offered is pretty good. Among others there are Paulaner, Tannenzäpfle, Bitburger and Früh Kölsch, which is the most expensive at a price of £4,40.

However, really good are the bread rolls (and also the pretzels that are on offer) as they are made by a real German baker who normally works for a German brew house in London.

Another good point about “kurz&lang” are the convenient opening hours.

They’re open seven days a week Monday to Wednesday from 11am to 11.30pm, Thursdays from 11am to 1 in the morning, Friday 11am non-stop until Sunday morning at 7 and then again Sunday from 12 to 5.30pm.

These unusual opening hours are due to the close “fabric” club from which hungry clubbers regularly drop in during the weekend nights.

Conclusion: Worth a visit

All in all I have to say that it is understandable that the prices are that high as everything needs to be imported from all over Germany.

Also – as a German – you get something else: I now know a lot of other places where I can get German food, German drinks, German company.

In other words: a taste of home.

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