I first discovered The Works when I walked past the Aylesbury branch last year, and I was instantly drawn in by the menu, branding and overall concept. I didn’t go in as we had already eaten that evening, so when the second branch in High Wycombe opened its doors at the end of last year, we simply had to book a table.
The Works is a family-run business, founded in 2014, so although still in its infancy, the dream is big and the potential is huge. We visited on a Friday evening before a show at The Wycombe Swan and were welcomed into the modern yet retro space by a team of friendly faces. The Works focuses on giving customers the ‘wow’ factor, and the menu on offer certainly does just that. Everything was explained to us – all the options, both sweet and savoury, can be served as either crepes or waffles, and if you have a real sweet tooth you can delve straight into the sweet plates as your main course.
Between the three of us we chose two savoury crepes, one sweet crepe and one sweet waffle. The flavours were wilted spinach and mushrooms with mozzarella, goats cheese with red onion marmalade, roasted red peppers and mixed leaves, s’mores campfire and banoffee. To accompany our food we opted for an Oreo milkshake, a strawberry smoothie and a coca-cola ice cream float. The quality of the food and drinks was flawless and we only wish we had room for more! The presentation was spot-on and when the dishes arrived at the table it felt like such a change from usual restaurant fare. There are countless other options available including brunch served until midday every day – the choices of flavours for the waffles and pancakes are surely on par with a New York diner.
The restaurant really filled up while we were there and the atmosphere was relaxed while at the same time clearly being a favourite spot for many local youngsters, groups and couples to let their hair down after a long day of work. Just along the High Street from The Wycombe Swan, we recommend The Works as the perfect pre-show restaurant. We will be back soon to sample some more dishes!