Cirencester’s town centre is abounding with great cafés and eateries. Wander under stone archways and through the narrow alleys, and soon enough you will fall upon He Says She Waffles—a little waffle house with big flavours. There is no sweeter aromatherapy than the smell of its freshly pressed waffles. It gets extremely busy here over the lunch rush, but join the queue. You don’t want to miss out.
Husband and wife team—the latter of which apparently talks rather a lot—opened HSHW back in 2012 and its now one of Cirencester’s most buzzing bistro. Inside has a real homey feel, with half a dozen tables, a sofa area, and several bar stools to make the most of the cosy space. Querky cartoon artworks hang on the walls and vintage waffle machines are on display below a shelf displaying all manner of waffle-related books.
As they boast on their website, there is something for everyone on the menu, from breakfast bites like beans and scrambled egg, to Mediterranean flavours of salami and olives, to the all-American bacon and syrup or their Waffle Dog. The sweet menu will have your kids bouncing off the walls. It’s fudge, marshmallows and chocolate galore. Their warm homemade salted caramel is, excuse the cliché, absolutely to die for.
To start things off I had a cup of orange flavoured South African Rooibos tea. It has a subtle sweet orange zest flavour balanced against the earthy full-bodied Rooibos leaves, which made for a well-matched blend. The tea also added a great flavour to the mini Dutch syrup waffle that came with it. If this tiny treat was a precursor of what was to come, I had great expectations for the main event.
Savoury waffle to start; I went for the Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese waffle (£5.95), served with a colourful side salad, but no ‘light sprinkling of chives’ as advertised. But all was forgiven upon my first taste. Chives or no chives, the soft, crisp waffle was a hit. Simplicity often wins. The light cream cheese—more the consistency of mascarpone than of heavier Philadelphia—warmed by the heat of the waffle, mellowed out the smooth and rich salmon, and the salad added some crunch.
As delicious as the savoury waffle was, things got even better with dessert. I just had to try the homemade salted caramel, and I went for all the additional toppings: banana, pecans and a scoop vanilla ice cream. What a glorious combination or warm and frozen, rich and light, sticky and creamy, fruity and salty.
He Says She Waffles
2 Templar Mews
Black Jack Street
T: 01285 700 383
Open 10am-4pm (Mon-Thurs & Sun) & 10am-5pm Fri & Sat.
Sweet waffles £2.95-4.95
Savoury Waffles £2.95-5.95
Milkshakes £3.25 (kid’s size £2.25)