Zeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners


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  • Address:

    Zeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners 49-51 Black Prince Rd
    SE11 6AB

  • Venue phone:

    020 7840 0426

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  • Opening hours:

    noon-12.30am Mon-Thur, noon-1am Fri, 1pm-midnight Sat, 1-11pm Sun Food served: noon-10pm daily

  • Transport:

    Tube: Vauxhall tube/rail

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    1. Zeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners

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Susanne T

When it comes to food...No star for that pub whatsoever and certainly not from me! They managed it perfectly to insult our tastebuds with their poor attempt to serve German food. As their menue is overloaded with pork - pork here pork there, pork everywhere and within only a meagre choice of non porky food options (German cooking is not all about pork, I know German food, I love it, but what you'll find on the Zeitgeist menue is a poor range of German dishes), me and my husband opted for Gulasch with bread dumpling slices and Käsespätzle. The first should be normally a hearty tasty dish with chunks of good beef in a sauce with lots of paprika and the latter should be normally a hearty tasty noodlelike dish with cheese - NORMALLY. What we received was disaster on a plate. The Gulasch tasted like something out of a cheap tin with very low quality beef in a bland untasty sauce. It tasted reheated. The bread dumpling slices were partly burned and bone-desert-dry. Yukk! The Käsespätzle resembled nothing I ever had before. They really managed to serve the most ridiculously bad Käsespätzle I ever ever had. Brownish-greyish noodlelike thingies in a disgusting grainy sauce which remembered very distantly of cheese but with no cheese anywhere in sight. Probably something made out of some gravy powder. Well this culinary experience left us both with considerable bloating and stomach pain and even my skin reacted badly with an outbreak. The service is not the best either. As there was a menue on the table we assumed a waiter or waitress would take our order. Nothing happened for at least twenty minutes. Meanwhile the waitress stood nearby chatting with a guest, ignoring us. We were literally running after her only to hear that it is self service and immediate payment to be made at the bar. Outside in the little courtyard were we sat - an uninspiring small yellow painted place with benches and tables and a ladder lying around - there was no sign that said self service whatsoever. The staff clearly has a problem to listen properly. We ordered coke glassbottles from the fridge and the waitress tried to give us wobbly plastic cups with coke from the tap. Rather frosty we insisted on the glassbottles. The whole Zeitgeist experience ? A waste of time and money, an insult to German cooking and to cooking in general and an attack on our tastebuds. If you want to eat proper German food better try to cook some recipes yourself or get yourself some German friends who can cook or make a trip to Germany. But do not try Gulasch or Käsespätzle from that pub. Please!


Sadly not what I expected... No warm nor friendly welcome from anyone behind the bar & why is there a coffee shop in a pub??? The food seems soked in oil, chips not done... And on top of that you can see that the owner has no passion for the venue as it looks rather run down, not what one would expect from German management... Typos in the menu & spelling mistakes on the blackboards make it look worse. Hope it picks up at some point!