Nation's first dedicated wafflery celebrates success

THE waffle irons are set to sizzle once more as one of the most popular eateries in Lancashire celebrates a major expansion.

Dottie’s Wafflery, at historic Samlesbury Hall, near Preston, opened in June 2016 to provide an array of delectable treats served up with fresh, local ingredients.

Now it is set to re-open its doors after a move to double capacity in a bid to help keep up with demand for its one-of-a-kind treats.

Dedicated fans - as well as those keen to experience a Samlesbury waffle for the first time - can attend Dottie’s grand re-opening this Saturday, November 23 - when new special edition waffles will go head-to-head with established favourites on the menu.

The event will coincide with Samlesbury Hall’s annual Christmas Fair with crafts, gifts and unique items on sale from makers and artisans across the region.

Sharon Jones, Samlesbury Hall director, said Dottie’s had become an instant hit when it opened three years ago as the nation’s first ever dedicated wafflery.

“We knew it was going to offer something completely different that you couldn’t find anywhere else, but we had no idea just how popular it would go on to become.

“It’s fair to say Dottie’s has an army of loyal fans. People now travel to us regularly for a freshly cooked waffle laden with their favourite toppings.

“We work really hard to use local ingredients - including eggs from our own flock of rescued hens and ice cream from a dairy just fields away.

“It helps to keep our food miles low and makes the waffles extra-specially delicious.”

Dottie’s is situated in the courtyard at Grade I-listed Samlesbury Hall - Lancashire’s oldest stately home.

It serves a range of cooked-to-order waffles, as well as milkshakes and ice cream from Moo2You.

The expansion will double the amount of seating available while also providing a larger kitchen and accessible facilities.

To mark the occasion, Maria Dos-Santos Martins, Dottie’s waffle-making expert, has added a special Christmas Pudding and Brandy Sauce edition to the menu to bring a host of irresistible festive flavours together in one dish.

It is hoped it will rival Banoffee - the standout favourite of the past three years - in the run up to December 25 while those who prefer to opt for a winter warmer can try gingerbread hot chocolate, the latest addition to the hot drinks line up.

Sharon added: “Dottie’s really has been a runaway success since it opened so we are all delighted to have been able to expand the wafflery to allow more people to enjoy a treat at Samlesbury.

“We’re all now looking forward to trying Maria’s festive creations - the Christmas pudding waffle Gingerbread Hot Chocolate sound delicious.”