I don’t want to waffle on too much today (excuse the pun) but I wanted to tell you all about a delightful little place I came across at the weekend. Tucked away at the top end of Castle Gate is the Waffle Cottage, A quirky friendly little place that’s a delight to young and old alike. The very smiley greeting and chatty owner make a visit here a must if you are in the area.
After ordering from the menu I was left to read the cheeky chalkboard messages that adorn the walls, there are even blackboards and chalks on the tables to amuse you while you wait for your waffle to arrive. Great idea to keep both little and big kids amused….in fact my waffle picture was a true work of art (would not be surprised if they pop it on the wall as some of their art work!)
There are plenty of waffles to choose from including an array of delicious homemade milkshakes including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter and banana and my all-time favourite salted caramel – a thick, well flavoured shake that is almost a meal in itself. Of course there is also the obligatory teas, coffees and soft drinks to choose from including their very own home made lemonade which I heard one customer enjoying while I was there.
After only a short wait out came our orders, Pulled Pork waffle with a side of coleslaw. This savoury waffle was a generous size, though don’t expect a crispy Belgium waffle, these are soft American delights, still equally tasty and covered with more than enough barbeque sauce and pulled pork with a handful of shredded ice burg lettuce. The coleslaw was nothing to write home about but was a nice little accompaniment to cut through the smoked barbeque pork which sat invitingly on top of the waffle.
While the waffle sizes are not overly large they are very filling and more than enough to satisfy most appetites. But of course despite being full, you can’t leave the waffle house without trying a sweet pancake can you? So despite having full tummies we decided to battle through and share a sweet pancake between us.
So after discussing the merits of the many combinations on offer including the seasonal specials of ‘Eton Mess’ or Pecan & Orange’ we eventually opted for Campfire Delight and boy was it a delight! Another generous waffle topped with homemade brownie pieces – soft chocolatey and chewy, mini marshmallows, chocolate chunks, hot chocolate sauce topped off with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmm tasty and enough for the two of us to tuck into.
So if you are looking for a little piece of waffle heaven – a place that will have the kids squealing with delight and the adults smiling with satisfaction then call into the little cottage. If waffles really aren’t your thing they serve breakfasts, burgers and ice cream sundaes too. If you are looking for a place to refuel while shopping in Newark then make a point of calling in, the waffles are tasty and well-priced – just remember to loosen your belt on the way out………..
The Waffle Cottage
57-59 Castle Gate
Newark NG24 1BE