The historic Hertfordshire market town of St Albans is full of ancient tales, resting on the foundations of St Alban’s Abbey, allegedly built on the site of Saint Alban’s beheading in AD 324.
The story of Saint Alban, according to Wikipedia, goes something like this: The Romans were hunting down a traitor in the area who’d been injured. Turns out that ol’ Alban was sheltering the traitor and helping him recover. The Romans found out, but by this time the traitor was long gone, so they pursued Alban and beheaded him; his severed head rolled down the hill and into a well at the bottom of Holywell Hill.
Grotesque history aside, around the same place Alban’s head rested all those years ago is also home to some fantastic foodie finds.
Namely, The Waffle House, St Albans.
Mr Q and I have visited The Waffle House on several occasions, and have often had to queue for a seat. I like a restaurant queue, it’s a clear indication that the food is worth waiting for – and we’ve never been let down.
Not only delicious, The Waffle House waffles are also a real product of a sustainable community – made from locally-produced ingredients (the flour is ground at a mill just a few miles away), organic farmed meats, fresh free range eggs and fair trade coffee.
The menu features the sweet waffles with fruit and chocolate toppings you may expect, and the savoury toppings you may not.
Last time I visited, I tried the Ratatouille waffle (aubergines, peppers, courgettes with tomato, garlic and herbs) with a big dollop of garlic cream cheese. But this time, I decided to try the Ham, Cheese Sauce & Mushrooms waffle (free-range local ham, Lancashire cheddar cheese sauce and sautéed mushrooms). It didn’t disappoint.
Service at The Waffle House was attentive, but not overbearing. I enjoyed a pot of Earl Grey tea and the others had milkshakes with their lunch.The total bill for six people was £62.50, so at just over £10.00 each, this was a great value meal!