RESTAURANT: WACHOLDER

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Do you remember the episode from Sex & The City where Carrie went to stay with Aiden at his lodge in the forest? What she imagined would be a romantic weekend at a rustic yet chic country house turned out to be a little to rustic and secluded for her liking. She didn’t last the weekend before rushing back to the city, heading to the nearest Starbucks followed by a martini at a rooftop bar.

In some ways this is how I felt when I relocated from Central London to the German countryside. I embraced the fresh air, dense forests and breathtaking landscapes but come Saturday night I craved dinner for 6 at Bistrotheque followed by never ending drinks at Shoreditch House. Recently I discovered a little slice of London in South Germany. I say that because this restaurant is so unique and vibrant that when I enter I feel as if I’m somewhere else. Before the owner Ellen transformed it into a restaurant the location of Wacholder was originally a house. The varying rooms have been decked out with tree branches and huge lanterns constructed out of white water colour paper which creates a cozy and whimsical vibe. Outdoors is a secluded garden which leads down to the river with a large red rowing boat and the occasional passing swan. During the summer there is the option to take the boat and head down the river for a quiet picnic. Much like Ellen, the food is a wild mix of flavors with lot’s of personality. It’s generally healthy with great quality wholesome ingredients and a menu that evolves daily. The combination of flavors and overall presentation reflect the restaurants quirky decor. As you’d expect this place is constantly booked. Recently I took some friends who were visiting from London and they felt like they were in Shoreditch. I found this funny as we definitely were not which becomes apparent as soon as we left and found ourselves in a sleepy German village. I plan to go back when the weather turns cooler and see how this small piece of magic transforms with the seasons.

Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.