“ Kingsbury Watermill,St. Michaels St, St. Albans, AL3 4SJ. Tel: +44 1727 853502 „
St Albans Waffle House is located in the historic heart of St Albans; with tiny, dark rooms filled with memorabilia, it proves a haven on cold winter days, and a refreshing break in the summer.
The building itself is divided into the very old rooms which are part of the 16th century water mill; the barn, and the outside area.
On a cold winter's day it is always worth queuing for the old mill rooms. They are small, warm and cosy with ancient farming memorabilia decorating the walls, and you could spend all day in the soporific atmosphere. These rooms are not suitable for anybody with mobility problems, and the barn room which is attached to the mill provide a less atmospheric, but still very pleasant alternative. In the summer, huge awnings are set up outside the mill - sitting here by the river, with the sound of the water wheel turning can be a very peaceful way to relax.
The restaurant is set in large grounds, most of which are taken up with the unobtrusive, but large, car park - the River Ver runs next to the mill, and there is a grassy area outside. Ducks and water fowl swim in the river and the whole scene is very rural and lovely.
~~Kingsbury Water Mill~~
The restaurant is attached to the 16th Century water mill, which has been completely refurbished so that the sound of the wheel churning the waters of the River Ver is a constant background noise. In the past, a visit to the museum on the upper floors of the mill was free of charge and a nice bit of extra excitement for the children, but these days you have to pay a small fee.
This review is more about the ambience of the Waffle House, but a mention of the food served is obviously a must, as it is all delicious!
The waffles are made using wholewheat, white and spelt flour, ground at another local attraction, Redbournbury Mill. The savoury menu offers other items other than waffles, but as you are at a waffle house, go for a waffle! One of my favourites is ratatouille, but there are also various combinations of ham, cheese, mushrooms and hummus.
Most people go straight for the sweet waffle as a snack. Jars of maple syrup are on every table for you to pour over the waffle, and you can choose a topping from fruit, chocolate, cream, and much more.
A typical price for a sweet is - waffle with banana, cinnamon sugar £3.70 without cream, £5.10 with cream or ice cream. A typical savoury price is waffle with ham, cheese sauce and mushrooms £7.50.
One of the nicest things about the Waffle House is its location. It is just by Verulamium Park, close to the Roman Museum, situation in the nicest historical part of St Albans. This means that you can work up an appetite before your snack by walking up Fishpool Street and admiring the lovely old houses, walking through the park and admiring the cathedral and lake, playing in the childrens' swing park, or just shopping! Everything is within easy reach of the Waffle house.
You can find info on the waffle house at www.wafflehouse.co.uk