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Why the 30-day-delay?

Kaputt. Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without Oil is the issue. Preliminary investigations have been made in order to get the trailer MOT’d. The result was shocking: The trailer will likely been disapproved as being road worthy by the German authorities. The problem, according to officials in charge of these checks, is a malfunctioning hand break and electrics. The owners haven’t been happy with the results of the preliminary investigation and chose to tow the trailer to another garage in the region of the former East of Germany. A large trailer has been employed.

They carried out their own checks that confirmed that the electrics in fact are not in any way faulty..everything works fine. „This is disgusting“… Stefan Schenkelberg said. „We cannot work with these people although I appreciate that the garage needs to produce costs for their customers. “ he added.

What if any effect has the delay on the project realization for the London Bar in Bavaria?

None, the opening of the bar has been decided / a day for this to happen was not yet agreed as there are still some imponderables to sort. We are in talks with the authorities in Bavaria already and also, amazingly, with the regional media (we have in fact been inundated by press officials!). The expectations are obviously high for Schenkelberg’s London Bar in this part of Germany and we promise: We won’t disappoint our friends in the Bavarian Forest.

We can reveal that the Schenkelberg’s will have managed their relocation from the Harz region to the Bavarian Forest by the 1st of April 2019.

Please stay tune..

Warm regards,

The Social Media Team @ Gourmet Express Mobile Catering

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new logo

We have managed! Our dream running our own pub will become reality. Schenkelberg’s London Bar – mehr lesen

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‚es geht aufwärts‘ THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

This won’t be like any other pub because we try to relate to our experiences in the United Kingdom and we invite the large tourist groups that are seen every year choosing the Bavarian Forest as their favorite holiday destination to spend time with us in the Tower.

the new bar

For this reason we have parked our Can, the Original, outside the Gastro Tower. So we continue to serve you just as you expected us to do for the last seven years serving in and around London. It was of course Bavaria, the county in the South of Germany that inspired us most and it was for this reason that we had decorated our Can in the traditional colors of Bavaria (blue and white) including the national coat of arms; our corporate identity and unique eye-catcher for the thousands and thousands of visitors to the places where we had our pitch locations. The CI should remain as it was back in England with no changes to the coat of the Can to be planned in the near future.

Der Gastro Turm in Waldkirchen
a photomontage of the project in Waldkirchen

For many people CI stands for aesthetics but they forget that Corporate Identity covers many areas such as in our case the new bar located in the third floor of the Gastro Tower. We speak English and German and we serve German beers as well as English beers whereas we will specialize in drinks that are known to us to be the favorites of the Brits. All in all we will create a welcoming atmosphere for our friends, the Brits.

From the experience with the Can to the Opening up of a Pub: We have during our spell in England, between 2000 and 2018, experienced quite a lot, especially in terms of cultural differences. The years prior to opening of our food trailer (2000 to 2017) we have met with many people and the boss was involved in running other businesses. One wish was unfortunately not granted for the Can operators: The sale of alcoholic drinks. It’s considered to be a sin for Bavarians to offer Bavarian food without the beers and we in fact had some encounters with tourists from Bavaria that have visited our can only to criticize the lack of beers being served through the serving latches. But we also met British customers, those that would have preferred a good German beer or Steiner to accommodate the Bratwurst.

The Schenkelberg’s reputation in the United Kingdom and also in the Republic of Ireland has always been of great respect and we have nothing but pure admiration for the way we have been treated by the British and Irish. It is a bit to do with our love for Great Britain, first and foremost the people and customers of GB and the culture that we have decided to invent a British establishment in the heart of Bavaria.

history file of the plight of a young business couple – read more

The Brits and Germans alike have a commonality when it comes to the choice of drinks. However, our personal experience was that the British have better taste buds when it comes to alcoholic drinks. We carefully considered a number of pub projects before we met with Wolfgang Weber. Wolfgang runs the Gastro Tower in Waldkirchen, right smack in the center of the city next to the main bus station. It’s more like a entertainment complex and it has a unique structure to be seen as such. The tower beats our own Giant Can in terms of the height several times over. Still, we insist that the neighboring Giant Can mustn’t be degraded to become a tiny Can.

One of Wolfgang’s favorite bar is in the top floor. It’s called The Trendiest Bar and it must retain its status. It currently only opens for special occasions. It remains at this stage unclear when this bar will become permanently open again; for Wolfgang it is currently too much to deal with. The tower has just celebrated it’s 25-years-anniversary.

There is a billiard room in the second floor of the tower where local teams play for Championship points.

Waldkirchen as location:

Mentioned for the first time in 1203, it soon became an important trading place along the „Goldener Steig“ (Golden Path), a salt-trading route between Bavaria and Bohemia in the late Middle Ages. In the 13th century the Bishop of Passau gave Waldkirchen the title of a „Markt“ (market). After several raids by Bohemian soldiers during the 15th century the city built a „Ringmauer“, a big stonewall, to surround it, which is still to be seen in many places of the city.

Belonging to the Bishop of Passau’s territory for more than 600 years, the city became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1806 and in 1871 of the German Empire. Read more on the Wiki page – go here

Waldkirchen’s main „industry“ is tourism. Embedded in the Bavarian Forest, Waldkirchen is close to Prague, Munich and Vienna.

What happens next?

The Schenkelberg’s family needs to chose from the accommodations that have been offered to them. Timeframe: One week. Mr. Schenkelberg has been given the permission to find new tenants for the house the family is currently occupying in Lower Saxony. Depending on the outcome they will be moving to Bavaria within the next four weeks. We anticipate that it will take a period of two weeks for us to refurbish the new bar and to become operational.


As the bar is fully equipped everything will be ready within a short period of time. It is planned that we will begin with both, our Can and the bar simultaneously and we are working currently on the license requirements.

Please enjoy viewing some impressions from the Bavarian Forest and we hope to see you in Bavaria to be our guest.

Warm regards

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill und Schenkelberg’s Bar Team


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Fleet in Hampshire

British street food savours success

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best food stall in town

The Flavours of the World Market on Sunday the 20th of May 2018 on this rather small gurkha square in Fleet was as far as Rainer’s Bavarian Grill concerns a gastronomical success!

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Gurkha Square – busy times

Foodies got to choose from several cuisines – there was something for every taste and palate. The French market operator also had 10+ vendors in their marketplace offering a variety of wares and services.

Roger Leggard e.g., the owner of  the Barbeque Starr impressed with outstanding Caribbean food. Roger could see our ‚can‘ sticking out from his food stall and came visiting us to spoil us with BBQ Chicken..for the return of our cheezy hotdog of course. Mmhh delicious! The market was well attended; come noon hundreds of visitors flooded the market place.

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Gurkha Square

The stalls must be creative with their dishes was the apparent requirement of the market operator but also with their decor; and for the ‚Giant Can‘ people praised innovative approach, decor and creativity..a true market boosting ingredient and a over dimensional ‚food stall‘ hardly to be missed even from the outer space.

The Future for Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil.

The opening of Rainer’s Bavarian Beer Kitchen in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, from where they plan to air-fry and deliver their delicious food to Potters Bar homes and businesses.  They have just secured a ‚local‘ spot on the Barnet Road in Potters Bar where they will be holding food sampling sessions with live music entertainment from Saturday the 9th of June 2018. Watch this space…

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Flea markets in London

Analysing flea markets as part of ‚Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil‘ growth strategy

The difficulties for us as a up market food stall operator are complex but justifiable when we look back.

London’s markets are not typical of what we see in continental Europe.

The majority of these markets have certain characteristics. Here you can find the usual junk-shops selling clothes and souvenirs but also a great variety of fruits and vegetables at very reasonable prices and lots of junk food stalls that can be described as provisional at best. 

But, having said that, ‚Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil‘ is not really a good fit in these places as we need to draw quality footfall to our specialist food trailer.

The difficulty is as far as I can see that the urban and suburban areas are lacking of local small-scale producers, micro-businesspeople, those that could have a stall to showcase their goods to draw in a good crowd of visitors or, as I call it, quality footfall.

In addition, once a certain level of quality stalls have been identified at these markets, others will become suddenly aware of the potential and the situation could change for the better.

Ways of encouraging quality stallholders by the market management still need, I believe, to be better defined, while the market forces capable of triggering a virtuous cycle of synergy are not clearly identified yet and so are not available, as they should be, in the short term.

It’s a popularity matter: Once a good standard of these flea markets has been attained the ratings go up and e.g. you will see Walthamstow market mentioned next to Portobello Market on the ‚i love markets‘ webportal (see
A brief analysis provided by Stefan Schenkelberg, co-owner of Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s signature trailer Rainer’s Bavarian Grill

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expansion project


Rainer’s Bavarian Grill has been a great boost for European’s longest market street in Walthamstow for the most part in 2016 and I know people would want to see them rolling out their Oktoberfest concept at this year’s Walthamstow Garden Party in July. They also want to see them organizing their own event’s in typical Bavarian Oktoberfest style.

Oktoberfest food and fun

It would be wonderful if this crowdfunding campaign is successful and Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil can expand with the proposed portable beer bar.

The food operator’s Chief Creator Stefan Schenkelberg, a business graduate from Germany and business man for many years in England, said: „I’m so thrilled that this campaign has been launched, it’s very exciting to think Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil will offer Oktoberfest themed parties with beer, music and good food for years to come.“

Anywone wishing to back the project or who wants further information should visit Rainer’s Bavarian Grill’s crowdfunding campaign release page.

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil is owned and operated by Regina and Stefan Schenkelberg, a husband and wife team. „Unfortunately, the business couple is not in a position to fund the project outright so they have launched the crowdfunding appeal to allow the communities to back the expansion drive of Rainer’s Bavarian Grill with a portable beer bar if they also believe this would be a positive addition to the UK festival scenes.“

Founder, Stefan Schenkelberg
Founder, Stefan Schenkelberg

Listen to the founder’s message. Go here:

the people's advocate
the people’s advocate

Warm regards,

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill | The Business Development Team

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first three days

Good Evening Friends,

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering entered a new phase of operation last week when their flagship catering mobile ‚Rainer’s Bavarian Grill‘ was set up for the first time at Walthamstow Market in London E17 7DB.

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Gourmet Express M C customer service experience

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill (formerly known as the Giant Can), the crowd pulling burger van experience of Gourmet Express Mobile Catering for now over five years, is located on 20 High Street, Walthamstow, just 2 minutes walk from St James Street train station.

St James Street train station next to Rainer's Bavarian Grill
St James Street train station Walthamstow

In addition to the marquee Gourmet Express M C utilizes an even more unique structure, a 10-foot tall Can with a small kitchen inside.

A pure and natural ethos characterizes the cooking style of Regina and Stefan Schenkelberg with their upmarket mobile restaurant.

Burgers and more
Burgers and more..

Bold flavors emerge from their innovative compositions, while simple preparations of authentic Bavarian meat products and other offerings subtly tease the palate. With a focus on authentic German quality meat products including of course the finest supersized burger with the full aromatic flavour called ‚Frikadelle‘, the food truck hosts ensure a dining experience unlike any other. Sumptuous and visually arresting desserts from Executive Pastry Chef Regina Schenkelberg conclude the dining experience on a sublime note.

Come and join us this coming week. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday from
11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Your Business Development Team
@Gourmet Express Mobile Catering



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BREAKING NEWS opening soon

The ‚can‘ will be sent to Central London’s East Street Market on Saturday the 5th of December to re-launch trade!

After a stormy night with quite some rain, the board has made the decision early this morning that the company’s operation, halted for most of the year, will now officially re-commence their operation from Saturday the 5th of December followed by five days during the week (Tue-Sat excluding of course Saturday Festival Trade – please check their website for information). The attendance of the Christmas Trade is on their plan and it is without any doubt that in terms of good food Gourmet Express Mobile Catering can contribute to the shoppers‘ desire to seek out good street food when they are on their bargain hunt. East Street Market, just 3 miles down the road from Tower Bridge, with over 150 stalls, can certainly help meeting requirements for the many shoppers in London.

As concerning the company’s technicality issues in relation to the reliability of their towing vehicle Stefan Schenkelberg explains: „This is now all sorted and the new car will do the job without doubt. Mind you there is a horse in that car!“

We hope to see you all in London.

Warm regards,

The Team @Rainer’s Bavarian Grill

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Basildon and Pitsea Carnival

Tributes to a man who always cared about business & fun
for the common good

– the outgoing chairman of Basildon & Pitsea Carnival, Mr. George Coleman-Wood

George at the can
George joins the German food stall

Some three years ago, George  invited our business to attend one of Essex’s largest carnival events, even though, operating from rural Essex, we had little monies and weren’t able to guarantee that we can pay the pitch fees. It was, I think, George’s carnival number 51, back in 2012. Thank you for the friendship great man!

It is said, „A friendship is one of the nicest gifts you can give yourself.“  So today, we thank our good friend, the outgoing Chairman of the Basildon Carnival Association, George Coleman-Wood and his many volunteers on the showground. It is well-known saying: „Behind every great man is a strong team.“ In this case, we express gratitude to George for his steadfast commitment to our food stall.  Moving on, there is a famous saying: „It may be hard for the new person to fill the shoes of the predecessor.“ His achievements were simply astonishing.

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We enjoyed being in Basildon on an annual basis to spoil the fun loving community and it will be the fourth year this season for our can to be sent to this wonderful carnival event.

I am sure George will still be involved with the carnival and we wish him Good Health and Luck for many more years to come.

Stefan Schenkelberg
Gourmet Express Mobile Catering


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Wendover – Bockwurst and more..

Hope you enjoyed the video. If not, don’t click the like button below. For feedback we are always grateful, as well as for your comments.

We had an enjoyable weekend at Wendover’s Garden Centre. More and more members of staff at the centre came to enjoy our wurst. Our Bavarian man went out to the centre of the Christmas market inside the centre and spoiled customers with delicious lebkuchen (gingerman).

Next week we will have our themed marquee launched and we will have a surprise…


More soon,


Stefan Schenkelberg, founder