Oktoberfest at the German Gymnasium

german gymnasium käsespätzle

Oktoberfest at the heart of Kings Cross in London

Oktoberfest might be officially over, however if you still have a hankering for Oktoberfest Spezialitäten, then a visit to the German Gymnasium is in order.

german gymnasium outside

The Oktoberfest menu is available downstairs at the Grand Café and on the terraces from 11.30am daily until 31st October. Here you will find Brotzeit teller, leberkase and kasespatzle.

Oktoberfest menu at German GymnasiumOktoberfest menu at German Gymnasium

inside german gymnasium london

inside german gymnasium london

I had just alighted from the Eurostar, so needed a drink and sustenance.

beer and prawn cocktail at german gymnasium london

So a large beer and a prawn cocktail to start. A crisp pilsner alongside creamy coated shrimp.

Next up, Käsespätzle. This is like a German version of macaroni cheese. Made with pasta that is found in the South of Germany and coated in an Emmenthal cheese sauce and topped with crispy onions.

german gymnasium käsespätzle

After the delicate prawn cocktail, the käsespätzle was a robust and earthy dish. Almost as if it was designed to fill up hungry beer drinking mouths.


Hearty food and drink which was almost, but not quite like being in Germany.

Service was swift and friendly. It was very busy, but I didn’t feel rushed to eat and go.

Toilets, with accompaying oompah music, were clean

german gymnasium toilets


German Gymnasium, 1 Kings Blvd, London, NC1 4BU

In between Kings Cross Railway Station and St Pancras Railway Station

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