Some of the finest food in Würzburg is served at this restaurant, which dates back to the 15th century. One of the few buildings to survive the bombing of Würzburg in March 1945, the Stachel has several dining rooms with medieval decor, including dark wood wainscoting, furniture, and floors, leaded-glass windows, and arched doorways. In nice weather, it's also pleasant to eat outdoors in the cobble-stoned courtyard.

The Fränkisches Silvanersüppchen, served in a quarter-liter Römer wineglass and garnished with cinnamon-rye croûtons, is an excellent beginning to any meal (€6.50). Wild boar with wine sauce, onions, and fresh asparagus, or traditional Fränkisches Hochzeitsessen, are elegant and filling main dishes (€18.50). For lighter fare in summer, try the Spargeltorte, a large slice of savory tart full of asparagus and other vegetables in a tender, flaky crust (€12. 50), accompanied by a glass of Franconian white wine from the Stachel's extensive wine list.

Contact: Weinhaus zum Stachel, Gressengasse 1, 97070 Würzburg, tel. +49/931-52770, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rating: Quality 16/20, Value 16/20