Kurz and Lang offer up the best of German bratwurst to eat in or out from their small Clerkenwell outlet.
On the corner of St John Street and Cowcross Street, Kurz and Lang is ideally placed for the Clerkenwell day crowd as well as the late night lot, chucked out from their booze posts come closing time. A small shop with a handful of seating, you’ll find Kurz and Lang the epitome of German efficiency as your order of bratwurst and bread is put together.
As befits the area you’ll find a mix of people at any time, whether it’s taxi drivers, tourists, clubbers or after work drinkers.
The menu is simple with a choice of sausage covering bratwurst (pork), frankfurter (boiled pork and beef), rindswurst (beef), currywurst (spicy), krakauer (mixed), kasewurst (a mix of pork, beef and cheese), and more accompanied with carby helpings of cubed potato or rich potato salad. Additions of bread, pretzel and sauerkraut further bulk it out as you wish (total prices range from £4.65-£5.95). Whether you go for the simple, classic or pretzel meal, what you are getting is authentic German drinking fare the likes of which you’ll find in cities throughout the country. The Berlin favourite, the currywurst, is recommended whether it’s accompanying a night on the beer or not. The sausage is assured to be of the highest quality (and freshly imported from Germany) which is just as well with the proximity to the famous Smithfields meat market.
Soft drinks and non alcoholic beer are available but the extensive choice of Paulaner, Schneider Weiss and Rothaus would put most pubs to shame.
The Last Word
If you want a great, albeit basic, German culinary experience then Kurz and Lang is the place. It outstrips many of the themed German pubs and bars on quality every time.