Discovered by chance on our first visit to Wernigerode in 2008 (to visit the HSB railway, see separate review). Excellent local and authentic German restaurant, full of locals. Rather formal when first approached to make a booking (even though we have a German-speaker in our group). Clearly exists on regular clientele and does not need passing trade like us.
Menu is all in German but clear enough. Separate pages for Pork, Game and Fish dishes though we thought not many beef main courses. Not a criticism. The wine list has most items priced very closed together and available by the glass as well (about 11-14 Euro per bottle in Feb 2013).
Only curious practice to English diners is the regulars all seem to eat very early. We book each time for around 8pm and find we are eating our main course on our own by 9pm! And the outward-opening street door which actually doesn't, we get that wrong each time.
Great care is taken with the cooking and with presentation. Terrific wild mushroom soup. Eccentric and charming decorations around the walls. Has a strong homely feel to it.
Split level, there are stairs up to the toilets and the mini-bar area at the back.
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