If you’re a Waffle House fan, you’ll know that there’s more to this side of the highway diner than just waffles, but waffles are a very important reason to travel to Waffle House.
Whether you’re new to the UK as an expat or just coming over for a visit, your inner Waffle House lover may be wondering if there’s a Waffle House in the UK or London.
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As we’ll discuss below, Waffle House has a very particular association for many Americans, including myself, and that is as a great place to stop on a road trip!
After hours of driving, Waffle House offers American food served up quickly and in an Americana atmosphere that will make you want to keep the orders coming.
Whether or not Waffle House is a huge part of your life in American, I’m here to answer the question…
“Is there a Waffle House in the UK or England or London?”
And the answer is no. There isn’t a Waffle House in the UK or London, though there are a couple of similar options and even one restaurant with the same name which we’ll discuss more later!
Before waffles get too far on my mind that I can’t recover this article, I want to let you know about some other resources I’ve created to help anyone who is either visiting the UK for a short time or coming over for a longer visit as an expat.
It takes everything you think you know about the UK and either explains it or shows you what you’re really getting yourself into (major small talk and frequent tea breaks, woo!)
I’ve also made sure to create other articles on topics that will interest visitors to the UK, including an important one on culture shock and adjusting to life in a foreign country, even if only for a week or so.
I’ve also got tips on how to use the London Underground without having everyone else hate you, the difference in UK money so you don’t stand at the checkout like an idiot, and some help on driving in the UK for Americans because, um, it’s pretty different.
- Culture Shock: The Things We Don’t Talk About
- An American Girl’s Guide to Surviving the London Underground
- Understanding UK Money: Pence, Not Cents!
- Driving in England as an American: An Apology to UK Drivers
Anyway, now on to what we all came here for: Waffle House.
If you’re heading to the UK and want to show off your love for all things Waffle House, don’t forget to get some Waffle House swag before you go!
History of Waffle House
Waffle House is an American chain that first opened in Georgia in 1955.
It became known as Waffle House because waffles were the most profitable and intriguing item on the menu.
Though it was designed to be as fast as fast food, having waffles in the main name helped to implicitly show customers that it was a sit-in restaurant as waffles don’t lend themselves well to being eaten while actually on the road (or I guess you could, but it would be very messy).
The brand franchised and spread out among the southeast. Today there are over 2,000 locations across the US. Most are still in the southeast, but there are some in Ohio and Arizona.
Over the years, Waffle House has been featured in media and pop culture and become part of the American lexicon to refer to somewhere you stop on a highway road trip.
Not only do you get the slightly greasy but still delicious diner experience, but diner lingo is also used so you can try to order your eggs, toast, and hashbrowns in a variety of fun ways like “scattered”, “chunked” or “all the way”.
Despite Waffle House’s popularity in the US, they have not expanded internationally to any other country, much less the UK.
There also doesn’t seem to be any plan of bringing Waffle House across the pond anytime in the short or near future, which means we’ll have to rely on the alternatives to Waffle House below!
Equivalent to Waffle House in the UK
Unfortunately there aren’t too many American breakfast food chains in the UK. There’s no IHOP in the UK either, for instance. But there are some places you can still go to get your American diner food.
The Waffle House
Okay, so it’s called THE Waffle House, not Waffle House, but there is a chain of (2) restaurants called The Waffle House located in Norwich and St. Alban’s. As the name suggests, they specialize in waffles with all different types of savory and sweet topping options.
The atmosphere is much more upscale than the US Waffle House, and really the only way they are similar is that they sell waffles, but – take what you can get.
Ed’s Easy Diner
A popular UK chain of American style diners, Ed’s Easy Diner, is similar to Waffle House in its food offerings. Like Waffle House, it does breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves up things like hashbrowns, pancakes, chicken & waffles, and eggs cooked how you like.
The interior of the chains are usually very well themed so you feel like you actually are in an American diner. The only thing that gives it away might be the very British people walking by the window or the accents of the servers that aren’t QUITE as “down home” as you would expect at Waffle House, but it’s a great option!