What: Waffle with lamb and green pesto
Note: Not to be confused with the Waffle House chain in the USA, the Waffle House in St. Albans is a local institution. Famous throughout the United Kingdom, the Waffle House in St. Albans is housed in a 16th century watermill and overlooks the River Ver.
The menu is divided into two sections: savoury and sweet. I couldn’t quite get my mind around the concept of a savoury waffle but I decided to go for it – that’s what travel is all about isn’t it?
One of the specials was waffle with chunky bits of lamb topped with vegetables and a creamy green pesto sauce – you guessed it: I took the plunge and I’m glad I did. The lamb was incredibly tender and the pesto sauce was delicate and definitely not overpowering. The waffle under it was perfect: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was my first experience with savoury waffles and I really enjoyed it! Everyone thought I’d gone mad – yes, I saw you cringe! – when I started pouring dollops of maple syrup on my plate but trust me, the silky, sweet syrup goes very well with the lamb and the waffle! YUM!
If you’re visiting St. Albans – a place I highly recommend (it’s just a quick 20 minute train-ride from London’s St. Pancras Station), treat yourself to a fabulous waffle at the Waffle House! And while you’re there, ask for a tour of the old water mill.
Note: Lunch was sponsored by the Waffle House but the opinions are mine.
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