German beer bar moves to larger premises

BierschenkeBierschenke, the bar and restaurant based on a Munich beer hall, is relocating from London’s West End to larger premises in the City.

It has taken on the lease of a 8,500 sq ft former Henry’s Café Bar, operated by pub and bar group TCG, from the City of London Corporation and plans to reopen it at the end of May.

The premises on Blomfield Street, forming part of the London Wall Building, have been closed since 2012. The sale of the site, which covers the ground floor and basement, was handled by property specialist Christie + Co, with a lease granted for 13 years.

Bierschenke has traded for three and a half years in Essex Street (pictured) which has been put in the hands of new owners but continues to trade as a German beer bar concept.

Oliver Heller, who owns Bierschenke, said: “Having established Bierschenke as London’s premier authentic German beer hall, and thrived, we have now outgrown our premises. The time has come to bring a bigger, better Bierschenke to London.”

He said that the new site in the City would capture the look, feel and spirit of a traditional Munich beer hall. “In fact we have enlisted specialist German contractors to help ensure this authenticity.”

The menu will retain all Bierschenke favourites, including its signature sausages, with the addition of new dishes. As well as serving a range of German beers, the new site will also offer a beer especially brewed for the bar in Bavaria.

Oliver added: “We always aim for a true, authentic experience at Bierschenke, and that means employing German-speaking staff, using traditional recipes and serving 100% genuine Munich-brewed beer. It’s why people come and keep on coming back to us.”

Anthony Jenkins, associate director of Christie + Co, which acted on behalf of the City of London Corporation, said: “The City of London Corporation is pleased to have secured a tenant for this iconic building in the Square Mile, which will add value to the overall area and provide something different for the people working in the many offices and banks in the area.

“As to be expected, the site in this excellent location attracted huge interest and multiple bids from up-and-coming operators and brands in the licensed sector.”

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