I went to school in St. Albans from 1986-1997, and I am very embarrassed to say that during all that time, I never knew of this fine Belgian Waffle establishment.
That little indiscretion was soon put right when on a family day trip out to St, ALbans and Verulamium Park, my Mum, nonchalantly suggested we go have lunch at this great waffle place that she regularly goes to when she visits St. Albans. This was surprising for 2 reasons. Firstly, that was the first time I have ever heard the news that she regularly “visits St. Albans, ” and secondly, I was under the impression that there were no good waffle houses in England.
So off we went to The Waffle House St. Albans, which is a quaint restaurant nestled next to a working 16th century water mill overlooking the bridge and river. We arrived about 12.30pm and there was already quite a long queue and the place was packed and buzzing. We probably wait around 20 minutes to be seated, which was fine considering how long the queue was, but once seated our orders were quickly taken and our yummy waffles served to us.
After devouring some savoury and sweet waffles I had to admit that my Mum was spot on when she said that she knew of a great waffle place in St. Albans, and that I was wrong when I said that there were no good waffle restaurants in England. There most definitely is. It is in St. Albans, and it goes by the very aptly name of The Waffle House St. Albans.
Below are the pics.
The covered out-door seating area.
Make sure to always check out what specials are on offer.
Waffle House Malted Chocolate Milkshake. Review of it here.
The restaurant is dog-friendly and are allowed in but only in their covered outdoor seating area.
Ham, Cheese & Mushroom Waffle
Ratatouille Waffle with garlic cream cheese.
Garlic Butter with cheese baked into the waffle
Spiced fruit & Nut waffle
Banana waffle with fresh whipped cream and cinnamon sugar
Pecan Nut & Butterscotch sauce with Vanilla Ice Cream
Style & atmosphere : Big open space and very family friendly. Can be quite noisy but overall the place is very relaxed and chilled. And, bonus points for allowing dogs in their covered outdoor seating area.
Food & Oishii-ness : 8/10. I love waffles and hand on my heart when I say that I have not had better waffles than at The Waffle House St. Albans in England. The menu has lots choices for both sweet and savoury waffles, and I love the fact that there is bottle of maple syrup on each table so that you can help yourself to as much as you like to cover or drown your waffles in.
Bread : N/A
Service : 8/10. Friendly and professional.
Toilet decor & cleanliness : 7/10
Value for money : 8/10
Would I go again : Yes, definitely. In fact, EE was nagging me to take her back as soon as we left the place.
Tips : i) Make sure you come here hungry so you can try the savoury waffles as well as the sweet waffles. ii) Telephone reservations are only taken for groups of 4 or more from 5.30pm from Thursday to Saturday, so it is a good idea to arrive early to avoid queues as this place gets very busy very quickly, especially around midday - 3pm ish. We were there till around 3pm-ish and there were still long queues outside. iii) Also worth mentioning is that it can be a bit hard to find a free parking space in their car park which has a max time limit of 2 hours.