Hildesheim: White Giant Asparagus at Butcher’s Guild Hall

I would not have discovered Hildesheim, a small town 3 hours bus ride to Hannover from Berlin if not for my friend, Kay. So why is a vegetarian blogging about a Butcher’s Guild Hall? Wasn’t expecting to find a hippie vegan restaurant in a small German town, hence the next best thing is to check out an iconic, historic building, which brings me to this half-timbered restaurant – Knochenhauer Amtshaus.

Knochenhauer Amtshaus - Butcher's Guild Hall, Hildesheim

Once the waiter brought us to our seats, Lena went for the salad bar. Sauerkraut for the win!

Knochenhauer Amtshaus - Butcher's Guild Hall, Hildesheim

My first time trying these gigantic white asparagus that happened to be in season – in Asia, I’ve only tried tiny green ones. I was warned that slab of butter with egg cream would pile a ton of calories -did not deter me, tastes sooo good!

Knochenhauer Amtshaus - Butcher's Guild Hall, Hildesheim

We ordered the official house potato pancakes with vegetables and cheese au gratin – a winner that evening. As a big potato fan, I enjoyed every bite of this.

Knochenhauer Amtshaus - Butcher's Guild Hall, Hildesheim

More potato pancakes, it does look like meat, but I swear no animals were harmed. Plain potato pancakes with stewed apples. Me like the sweet and savoury combo too.

Knochenhauer Amtshaus - Butcher's Guild Hall, Hildesheim

Had a potato and carrot soup with croutons all to myself.

Knochenhauer Amtshaus - Butcher's Guild Hall, Hildesheim

My lovely hosts for the evening – grateful that they graciously ordered an assortment of vegetarian dishes in a very traditional, meaty German restaurant!

Knochenhauer Amtshaus - Butcher's Guild Hall, Hildesheim

Fancy an alcoholic drink?

Knochenhauer Amtshaus - Butcher's Guild Hall, Hildesheim

The Butcher’s Guild Hall is said to be one of the largest buildings located in the heart of the historic market place in Hildesheim. Towering at 26 meters, it has 7 floors and considered to be one of the tallest half-timbered houses in Germany. Originally built in the Middle Ages to store meat and sausages, it was destroyed by a fire in 1884 and subsequently World War 2 before becoming a hotel in the 1960s. And of course, an authentic German restaurant for the local inhabitants.

Danke Kay and Lena for showing me around Hildesheim and delicious German cuisine!

Butcher’s Guild Hall, Knochenhauer AmtshausMarket 7, Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, 31134, Germany. A pretty detailed map with driving instructions can be found here

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