Dear Stammtisch Friends

With only a month to go, there are various Christmas related events going on in the region that you may be interested in. On Sunday, 27 November the Martin Luther Church in Shieldfield and St Dominica’s are holding a joint advent’s service, starting at 4pm. This will feature the service, advent carols followed by refreshments. The following Saturday, 3 December, the Martin Luther Church will also meet for its annual advents tea between 2pm and 4.30pm.

The day after, on Sunday, 4 December the next Stammtisch will take place in the Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester from 2.30pm onwards. Could you please let Bernhard know by 2 December, if you are coming so he can plan for the day. Please call 01207 520 056 or email servus@kaffeehaus-amadeus.co.uk.

Two weeks later, on Sunday, 18 December, the Kaffeehaus Amadeus offers again its Christmas Special ‘Deutsche Weihnacht‘. There are two time slots: the first from 11:30 – 13:30, the second from 15:00 – 17:00. Both sessions include the same: 2 hours of festive fun, good food (lunch buffet, cake buffet, Stollen, etc…), great coffee, German Wine, and, of course, entertainment with our wonderful Kaffeehaus Singers, “The Qunitessentials”. Tickets are £20 (includes all food, live music, filter coffee and tea). Speciality drinks, wine, etc. can be purchased at the counter.

Tonight, the ‘Christkind‘ opens the famous Christmas market in my home town of Nuremberg. According to the Telegraph, it’s one of Germany’s Top 10 Christmas Markets. But if you’d like to stay on the British isles, here’s the Telegraph’s list of its Top 10 British Christmas markets.

At our recent walk in Tynemouth, one of our Stammtisch members – Karl Wilson – mentioned a multi-lingual library in Eldon Gardens. The Kittiwake Trust’s library opened in August 2015 and currently has around 7000 books in 68 languages, including German and Geordie. Membership costs £5 per year and the loan period is one month. They also operate a ‘pay it forward’ system where people can pay in advance for those unable to afford the fee, which allows the library to offer free memberships to people belonging to local refugee support groups.

Karl and his wife also run VJW Jewellery in the Grainger Market. Incidentally, the Grainger Market hosts its own Christmas Night Market next Thursday, 1 December from 5.30pm until 9pm. You can browse the illuminated isles of this busy market place, with stall holders offering samples, tasters & special festive promotions and discounts of up to 20%. There will also be entertainment, such as jewellery classes,live music from the likes of the Bamboo shoots, Salida ,Ragtime rewind, Lindy Jazz teaching us the Lindy Hop,Bay Ukes & more, a yuletide bar serving festive drinks including mulled wine and hot chocolate, street food, a shop launch & art. This free evening will also mark the launch of The Great Grainger Market Online Advent Calendar, featuring Craig Wilde & offering you the chance to win the Christmas hamper of your dreams.

Advents calendars are popular gifts at this time, but if you are not persuaded by a chocolate filled one, you may enjoy this selection of literary advent calendars put together by the German Spotlight Verlag. It contains bi-lingual advent calendars, some with traditional Christmas stories, or recipes and even a ??? detective story for each day leading up to Christmas.

Anyway, I hope you will soon be able to relax soon at the end of this very interesting and turbulent year and enjoy time with your family and friends.

See you soon & very warm regards


Summer Events

Dear Stammtisch Friends!

We have two dates for German themed events for you before the summer holidays start.

Bernhard in the Kaffeehaus Amadeus would like to invite you again for a Stammtisch in Lanchester on Sunday, 28 June. This Kaffee & Kuchen event will start at 3pm until 5pm. Unfortunately I will be away, therefore please book directly with the Kaffeehaus Amadeus by calling 01207 520 056 or emailing servus@kaffeehaus-amadeus.co.uk.

Oliver Heidrich is also organising a German Grillfest on Saturday, 11 July in the Martin Luther Church in Newcastle. The event in Copland Terrace, Shieldfield will start at 3pm and last until 7pm. There is an entry donation of £1, but children under 10 will be free. The event is in aid of the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund and the Martin Luther Church. To get tickets, either call Oliver on 07811 109 312, send an email to Christa clemmetsen@lineone.net or simply turn up on the day.

I hope you enjoy these two get-togethers.

Summer greetings

Dear Stammtisch Friends

The Tyneside Cinema has now released the show times for the German film Phoenix, which starts this Friday. Maybe you would like to join our Stammtisch next week Thursday, 14th May to watch it together (8.15pm film start). If you could let me know that you’d like to go, then we can all meet maybe a little bit earlier in the cafe.

Sylwia made me aware of a new free Language Cafe in Newcastle: Tomorrow, Thursday, 7th the first free Language Cafe will be held at the Fluid Bar in Gallowgate for people who would like to practice their German, French or Spanish. There will be tables with the relevant flags and you can join each group between 7pm and 9pm.

Comedian Henning Wehn had an interesting programme on BBC Radio 4 recently entitled ‘This is me totally sausage‘ about the subtleties of the English language. If you want to see Henning live, tickets are now on sale for his show in the Whitley Bay Playhouse on Thursday, 8 October. We could organise this as a Stammtisch event, however, everybody would have to get their own tickets. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll put everybody in touch who fancies going. Again we can either meet up before or after the event.

We have been contacted by a few other companies with information on their products and services that may be of interest to you:

Our Stammtisch member Heidi Ranson is a designer of original lighting and artwork. She currently has an art sale at her Corbridge studio, which will be running until Saturday 16th May.

German Grocery supplies typical German food and drink and delivers here to the UK.

International House in Newcastle are also looking for local businesses that are willing to accept a voluntary international internship student. The placements are usually for a period between 4 to 20 weeks to enable the student to learn as much as possible about the British working environment in their specialist field. Prior to the placement, the student studies Business English at International House. If you have such an opportunity in your organisation, please contact IH directly – Jennifer on 0191 232 9551 or jennifer@ihnewcastle.com.

And if you’re travelling in Asia Pacific and fancy some German food & beer, we just got a tip from Marcus Lux. Brotzeit is a new chain of restaurants that you will find in China, Singapore, Hongkong, Australia etc.

See you soon!

Dear Stammtisch Friends

We have another diary date for you for our next Stammtisch just after the Easter weekend on Sunday, 12 April. The Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester offered again to be our host for Kaffee & Kuchen between 3pm and 5pm. Could you please let me know if you’re coming by latest 9 April? Thanks!

I am currently searching for other venues in the North East where we could get German food – any recommendations that you may have would be much appreciated.

If you just fancy a drink and a bit of networking with people from all over the world, simply join the InterNations crowd on Wednesday, 25 March in the DatbAr in Newcastle from 6pm.

The travel and tourism world met earlier this month in Berlin. Over 10,000 exhibitors from 186 countries attracted 175,000 visitors to the ITB Berlin. So if you’re looking for holiday inspiration, next year’s event takes place between 9 and 13 March 2016.

Should your travels in 2015 take you to Germany, the German National Tourist Board compiled a list of the top 100 attractions voted for in 2014 and are now looking for your vote for 2015 – click here to particpate.

If you want to combine languages and holidays, why not explore the country while joining one of the many language schools. The University in Jena recently sent us information on their Summer School. If you’re not sure, which school – try the Langwhich website that gives you information on providers across the country.

And if you are already fluent and you’re looking for a career move, the website ‘Treffpunkt Fremdsprachen’ may also give you some ideas of jobs in Germany and abroad.

Nigel Wright Recruitment are currently working with a successful North East Manufacturing business to recruit a German speaking Export Sales Manager.  This is a newly created role within the business and creates an excellent opportunity for an experienced sales or key account manager to join a growing business.

The role will be focused on developing sales within Europe, mainly through Agents or the companies own sales offices.  The export sales manager will support agents in customer visits, train them on products and feed key market intelligence back into the UK based manufacturing site.

It is essential that candidates are:

  • Fluent in German and English.
    • Able to develop excellent relationships, both with agents and end customers.
    • Experienced in key account management.
    • Experienced in working within a manufacturing / industrial business.
    • Flexible in terms of regular European travel.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity in further detail, please contact Elaine Tulip-Johnson on DL 0191 2690713 or at Elaine.tulip-johnson@nigelwright.com

A German company that has done extremely well exporting in many countries is Thomas Sabo. Established in 1984 in Lauf near Nuremberg, the jewellers now has 247 shops and 2,600 jewellery and retail partners worldwide. You may also be interested in a smaller German jewellery designer I recently came across in Saunders & Pughe in Corbridge. ManuSchmuck was founded by Hameln based Ilse & Horst Eber over 25 years ago and design sophisticated, modern silver and gold jewellery.

I look forward to seeing you again soon and until then enjoy the first spring days & the forthcoming Easter weekend.

Dear Stammtisch Friends

I hope you managed to survive the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness and are relaxed looking forward to the Christmas holidays. We have already arranged our first get-together for 2015, this time a cosy coffee & cake afternoon in the Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester on Sunday, 11 January from 3pm to 5pm. It’s a lovely area to go for an afternoon walk and it would be very nice to see many of you. As always, simply let me know by latest Thursday, 8 January if you can join us.

On 21 December, the Kaffeehaus Amadeus also has a ‘Deutsche Weihnacht’ event (session 1 between 10:30 – 12:30 and session 2 between 14:00 and 16:00) at a cost of £15. Click here for further details. They also hold Kaffeehaus-Musik events and Coffee Workshops, simple visit the website for further info.

If you’re more interested in savoury dishes, Gunther and his ‘Memories of the Blackforest’ are in the region. This Saturday you will find his stall in Newcastle’s Princes Square and on Sunday at its regular spot in Tynemouth Market. You’ll find updates on Gunther’s Bratwurst, Curry Wurst & Spaetzle on Twitter @MOTBF.

InterNations is heading to the coast for their Festive Get-together on Thursday, 11 December. If you want to join people from all over the world, come along to Brown’s Salt House in Cullercoats from 6pm onwards.

Last week, a new Bavarian style Bier Keller opened in the Bigg Market – see Journal article. A couple of people mentioned this to me already – has anybody been and what did you think? Is it a good venue for a Stammtisch evening

This week also saw the launch of the North East German Network (NEGN), which is part of a nationwide ‘Think German’ network. It is led by Dr Elizabeth Andersen from the University of Newcastle. For further information, please click here.

Earlier this year I supported the second bi-lingual book project developed by James Parsons – Die Leipziger Abenteuer von Viktor & Noonoo (The Leipzig Adventures of Viktor & Noonoo). It was published last month and is available via Amazon or ICC Sprachinstitut – here’s a brief reading.

I would like to wish you a relaxing run up to the holiday season and in case we only see each other next year, a very merry Christmas & a great start to 2015!


The The Broad Chare in Newcastle is again offering an Oktoberfest menu from 29 to 5 October. I have booked a table for 14 for next week Thursday (2nd October) from 7pm (meet in the bar from 6.30pm). If you would like to join us, let me know. If we have more guests, we’ll get another table. Please let me know if you’re coming as soon as you know.

If you are travelling a little further south, you may also want to pop into the Buck Inn in Chop Gate for a bit of ‘Buergerliche Kueche’. You’ll find the Buck Inn near Stokesley in North Yorkshire, ideal for cycling or walking and if you bring along your four legged friends, they’re also welcome.

The Kaffeehaus Amadeus in Lanchester has also expanded, with the upstairs Constanze Suite opening recently. A Kaffeehausmusik Series will launch soon on Sunday, 5 October. Click here for the new website, which offers more information on forthcoming events, etc.

Now that the new term has started, maybe you fancy learning a new language? Since the closure of the language courses at the University of Lifelong Learning, two companies have spun off that offer courses in popular languages. Check out Blah Blah Blah and The Language Centre for their new timetables.

I recently read online that there’s a new film out in German – ‘Die Biene Maja‘ – this may mean absolutely nothing to our British Stammtisch friends, but I’m sure many of you will  remember the programme from your childhood. And as it’s about bees, I thought I send you a few links to local honeymakers: there’s the Chainbridge Honey Farm in Berwick, which also features a visitor centre, Richmond’s Honey B Company, Honey Store in Ponteland or Tynemouth Honey -> check out stockists such as the Deli around the Corner in Tynemouth or Country Whey in Jesmond.

I look forward to seeing you next week!


This is a bit of a last minute idea as one of our Stammtisch friends had just returned from Spargelessen in Germany.

It’s the (green) asparagus season here in the UK too and we thought maybe this is a good one for our Stammtisch. As we’re already getting to the end of the season, the Broad Chare in Newcastle is happy to have us on Tuesday, 17 June from 6pm onwards. They currently already have asparagus soup, starters with asparagus or asparagus with seasonal jersey potatoes and fish on their menu.

Let me know if you can join us so that I can reserve enough places for next week (ideally as soon as possible – latest Sunday, 15th). If you’re not into asparagus, click here for their full menu, which is also very nice!