When my sister and family were over from USA we spent a lovely Saturday in St Albans eating & exploring. This is a great day out as it’s close by and there is so much to see, do & eat 😋
We decide to eat at the Waffle House (a favourite of ours!) and as you can’t pre book and the queues can get big I would recommend going early. We arrived at 11am and there was a fairly big queue but it does move quickly.
The Waffle House is a family business serving savoury & sweet Belgian waffles freshly cooked order with many organic and free range ingredients. They also cater for people with food intolerances including gluten-free pancakes. It’s open six days a week (closed on a Tuesday) and they have a breakfast menu which is served until 12 noon and a main menu which is available from midday.
They don’t have a specific kids menu but you can speak to the server and ask them about options for children. My children now eats from the adult menu, but in the past we’ve had kids portions and the waffle is the same size but you get less toppings and they were 1/3 cheaper.
The Waffle House does have a car park but you can only park there for two hours so if you were planning to stay longer I would recommend that you park at the Verulamium Museum car park which costs a very reasonable £1.95 for 3 hours parking or £4.40 for 24 hours. For more information about parking click here.
After eating we walked into St Albans – you can walk via the Verulamium Park or along Fishpool Street which takes you past the Cathedral.
Every Wednesday and Saturday there is a traditional weekly street market, with over 160 stalls, which runs the length of Saint Peters Street & Market Place. There are lots of stalls selling hot and cold food sweet and savoury bakeries and other items of food. Find out more here.
Everything they bake is handmade on site every day from scratch. You can also eat in & grab a coffee at the same time but as we’d just eaten, we bought a chocolate brownie tray bake to have at home. It was AMAZING!
After the Pudding Stop we wondered back to the car via the Verulamium Park. The park covers 100 acres and includes remains of old Roman city walls and a well preserved mosaic which is free to visit and worth seeing. The park is a lovely relaxing space with woodland, grassland, a lake plus a cafe, play area and splash pool for children. It’s a so vast it doesn’t feel crowded and I am sure you could spend a whole day in the park on a warm sunny day!
St Albans is a lovely day out and I would really recommend it as it has so much to offer. Let us know if you visit and your recommendations of where’s good to eat, drink or visit.