After years of wanting to go, I finally made it to a place also known as heaven – the Waffle House in St Albans. The Waffle House is a family business, founded in 1978, located in the heart of St Albans, next to Verulamium Park. They specialise in a wide variation of white, wholemeal or spelt waffles that you can order, catering for breakfast and lunch, with a number of sweet and savoury waffles available. Whatever your taste may be, they’d have something to accommodate your taste-buds perfectly; they definitely do not disappoint.
Upon arrival, we (my Mum and I) were greeted by the stunning character-filled 16th Century Watermill. This location is definitely somewhere ideal for visiting during the summer months where you will be able to sit outside, tucking into your waffle and taking in the picturesque surroundings of the River Ver.
We arrived at approximately 11am and were greeted by the delightful Waffle House team who seated us at a table and provided us with menus. If you ever think of going here, bear in mind they don’t take bookings for breakfast and lunch hours, so it’s a first-come-first-served basis (see website). Due to the fact there were two of us, we were seated almost immediately, but if travelling in a large group, it may be useful to get there early enough to bag a table. It can get ever so busy!
Looking through the menu was a tough task for me because there was so much to choose from. My mum and I hadn’t eaten breakfast before we left, so we opted for 2 waffles from the breakfast menu. I opted for the smoked salmon and scrambled egg waffle (£9.95). The waffle was cooked to perfection, and teamed with scrambled egg and salmon (my favourite breakfast ingredients), I was in my element. The waffle was a beautiful alternative to toast or thin biscuits which I usually tend to have at home.
My Mum opted for the sausage, beans and cheese waffle (£9.25). If I’m honest, we were both feeling slightly skeptical about grated cheese being on a breakfast plate to begin with – it didn’t seem the type of ingredient to have with breakfast (surely we’re not the only ones that think this?), but my Mum ordered it anyway. I’m glad to say we were proved wrong. Personally, I believe it should be on there more often because the combination of the warmth of both the tomato-beans and herb-y chipolata sausages melted the grated cheese making a stunning waffle dish. Tip: this combination should be used more often.
To finish, we shared a sweet banana waffle with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon seasoning – we decided to go all out. Banana’s are one of my favourite fruits, so this was an easy choice for me. The cinnamon complemented the banana and waffle perfectly, whilst the whipped cream on top supplied a sweet taste (without being too overpowering) for our sweet teeth. All in all, we can happily say that we were very satisfied and very full.
We were both pleasantly surprised by the price. It was reasonable, despite sitting in the 4th most expensive location for average house prices in the UK (Location, Location, Location fact!), our bill came to £30 for the 3 waffles and a pot of tea between the two of us. So if you’re ever in Hertfordshire, take a trip to the Waffle House because trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Side note, dog’s are welcome!