It seems strange but some of the oldest companies in the world are restaurants, some even date back to the 9th century AD. Scattered throughout Europe and all other continents, these restaurants are still in full swing and continue to be visited and to host the customers to whom they offer their signature dishes. NetCredit has compiled the list of the 10 oldest restaurants in the world ranging from a sausage restaurant in Germany to a famous Irish pub.
Let’s find out what they are
The St. Peter Stiftskulinarium in Salzburg, Austria
Inside the Abbey of St. Peter, there is the oldest restaurant in Europe and the world, founded in 803 A.D. . It has therefore served Austrian cuisine for over 1,200 years. Diners can taste the tafelspitz, the restaurant’s special dish consisting of boiled meat with minced apple and horseradish.
The Historische Wurstkuchl in Regensburg, Germany ￼ Founded in 1146 La Historische Wurstkuchl in Regensburg, the stonemasons and dockworkers of Regensburg used to eat with abundant meals in the Middle Ages. It is famous for its charcoal and sauerkraut grilled sausages, as well as for its sausage pie.
The Old House 1147 in Maesteg, Wales
￼The Old House 1147 dates back hundreds of years and has recently been restored to its former glory. The Old House Pie, a single-portion cake with fillings that change every day, served with chips and peas is the restaurant’s iconic dish. But Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House in Kaifeng, Henan, China, opened its doors for the first time in 1153.
In 1153 Henan’s House Chicken opened its doors for the first time to host the first diners. The characteristic dish of the restaurant, as can be guessed, is a bowl of chicken.
The Brazen Head in Dublin, Ireland
￼ Ireland’s oldest restaurant, founded in 1198, is famous for its live music and traditional Irish dishes. The pub’s signature dishes are traditional Irish bangers and meatballs made according to the ancient recipe of a butcher. Dishes are served with vegetables, dried tomato pesto and parsley sauce. Piwnica Świdnicka in Wroclaw, Poland
￼ Opened in 1273, it is one of the oldest restaurants in Europe and is located in the basement of the old town hall of Wroclaw. The customers can taste the typical Polish pierogi. La Couronne in Rouen, France
According to legend, in 1431, Raoul Baudry, the innkeeper of the time, witnessed the torture of Joan of Arc through the windows of La Couronne. The restaurant founded in 1345 inside offers a tribute to the American cook Julia Child, who brought the art of French cuisine to the American masses. Typical restaurant dishes include duck, roast rib and classic French escargot. The Sheep Heid Inn in Edinburgh, Scotland
￼ The Sheep Heid Inn was founded in 1360 in the heart of the city of Edinburgh. The pub’s signature dish is its selection of steaks served with rustic chips, roasted mushrooms, confit tomato and parsley butter. The meat comes directly from the British and Irish farms. The restaurant’s selection of steaks is matured for a minimum of 21 days to offer its customers the best possible flavor and consistency. Hotel Gasthof Löwen in Vaduz, Liechtenstein,
￼ Founded in 1380, the hotel restaurant offers a menu of international and local cuisine. The sliced veal “alla zurighese” with rösti and vegetables has been called the signature dish of the restaurant.
Honke Owariya in Kyoto, Japan, founded in 1465, is the oldest restaurant in the nation.
￼ Founded in 1465, therefore with over 550 years of history and tradition, it is the oldest restaurant in Japan. Its typical recipe is soba with shiitake mushrooms, scrambled thin omelette, sesame seeds, shrimp tempura, wasabi, nori, Japanese leeks and grated daikon. To have lunch in this restaurant it is not unusual to find a line outside the door, but the wait is worth it.