We all love a coffee shop, right? We know our lattes from our espressos and whether we have it skinny, with an extra shot or with an alternative milk. We also know 9 times out of 10, we’ll probably grab a treat to go with said coffee – be that cake or a cookie. But what about something a little different – like a stroopwaffle? I introduce…Dutch Boy Waffle Cafe in Bath!
Originally looking for a kitchen site, founder Bob Kersten couldn’t find any premises that were quite what he was looking for. However he stumbled across 1 Grove Street in Bath that could accommodate both a large enough kitchen for his wholesale orders plus it had the ability to house a small cafe on top.
Bob isn’t new to selling his stroopwaffles. The idea was originally born in Bali, where he was selling his unique waffle receipe to specialty coffee shops.
I’ll admit I was new to this stroopwaffle game and had seen them all over Instagram when people were travelling to the Netherlands. Developed in the early 1800’s, these humble waffles were made from left over breadcrumbs from bakers in Holland.
Two thin, circular waffles are pressed flat on a pizzelle iron, which gives them their distinct checked pattern. The baked waffles are sandwiched together with a sticky sweet caramel and the edges finely trimmed.
I opted for an M&M topping on mine whilst my dining companion went for a chocolate sprinkle option. Bob makes the waffles to order so you know these are going to be deliciously fresh.
The result is a mouthwatering biscuity, cookie-y, waffley disc of joy with a slightly crisp outer and a deliciously gooey rich and chewy centre. Unfortunately these aren’t vegan but Bob is looking to develop both a gluten free and vegan option in the coming months.
Needless to say, Bob is keen to support other local businesses. The ingredients are sourced locally and my coffee of choice was Bath’s infamous Roundhill coffee.
Despite the cafe being small in size, the stroopwaffle is mighty!
You can get Dutch Boy Waffles in several cafe’s in Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff and Bob’s secret recipe is getting a reputation for itself and the orders are coming in thick and fast for other cafes.