In a nutshell
Maltby Market street food favourites Waffle On have teamed up with beautifully quirky coffee shop The Watch House on Bermondsey Street to create London’s first waffle-only menu. Having debuted at Dalston Roof Park in 2012, and getting their irons out at the UKs best street food and music events, this is their first permanent home. These guys are dedicated to convincing Londoners that waffles aren’t just for breakfast, opening seven days a week from 5pm-late. And we have to say, they’ve won us over.
The atmosphere here is really chilled: if you just want a coffee and snack, that’s fine; but it’s equally OK for you to work your way through the entire menu. We suggest you take a mate and buddy-up to try as many as possible – we found it near impossible to pick a favourite. All the buttermilk waffles are freshly baked-to-order on cast-iron griddles, and there are three savoury and three sweet options, plus a seasonal special, so main and pud is easily done.
Buttermilk fried chicken with maple syrup butter was a fantastic combination of sweet and spicy, and we loved the crisp chicken against the pillow-soft waffles. Equally good was Asian-spiced, slow-roasted duck served with a plum sauce and a perfectly-runny biodynamic fried egg. The sweet options were also great, particularly the Italian Plum Waffle; soft, sticky baked plums served with crunchy crushed amaretti biscuits and zabaione cream. This is real comfort food. They serve Ozone coffee, too, which is some of the best in London.
What I’ll order next time
Each month they add a special to the regular line-up to celebrate seasonal produce. When we visited it was wonderfully-boozy bananas foster with vanilla ice cream, but specials have also included all day breakfast, gravlax, and spiked winter cherries soaked in Kirschwasser.
What’s the room like
The Watch House is a coffee house in a lovingly-restored 19th century listed building, originally built to shelter the men guarding the churchyard of Saint Mary Magdalen. They’ve really made the most of this cosy space, with exposed brick, bench seating and small tables making it feel as open as possible. There’s also a real fire, which will be fantastic during the winter.
What we liked
The atmosphere is relaxed, with a mix of families, friends and students popping in over the evening, and staff are super friendly and helpful. As it’s not a fixed menu, you can order as and when you like, making it all too easy to while away a whole night here…
Waffles from £5-£8.