Top Places to Eat Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday


As March 5th and Shrove Tuesday approaches, thoughts turn to pancakes: sweet, savoury, vegan, to flip or not to flip – the options for how to make them and what to top them with are endless. Read on for a selection of places across the UK to feast on the tasty treats. The question is, how do you eat yours?

The Refectory Kitchen, Canterbury
A modern family-run bistro in the city centre, pop in here and be tempted by plates such as poached eggs with smashed avo or aubergine and courgette fritter burger. In need of a pancake fix? Opt for their buttermilk variety topped with cherries, bananas, golden syrup or slices of bacon. Oh, they serve French toast and Belgian waffles too. Here's our guide to the area.

Moose Cafe, Manchester
There's an array of options to choose from at this diner serving hearty American-style breakfasts, brunches and coffee in the heart of Manchester, ranging from Double Dutch (two large homemade pancakes mixed with chopped smoked sausage and streaky bacon topped with two free range fried eggs) or stacks of three served with the likes of chocolate and hazelnut spread or cinnamon spiced apple and salted caramel. Our guide to the region can be found here.

Tupiniquim, Edinburgh
A visit to Edinburgh shouldn't be complete without a trip to this dinky kiosk with al fresco seating flipping up gluten-free Brazilian crepes and freshly squeezed juices. How does a savoury chicken chicken piri-piri sound, or a sweet twisted raspberry with Baileys? Check out our guide to the city here.

My Old Dutch, London

Established in 1958, My Old Dutch is the original London pancake house, and has a selection of both sweet and savoury versions ranging from the Roma (tomato sauce base with cheese, topped with smoked ham, mushrooms and sauteed onions) to classics such as sugar and lemon. They also whip up animal-free, gluten free and lactose-free offerings. Click here for our guide to the city.

Rocotillos, Bristol
Gorge on a host of mouthwatering pancakes at these American-style joints in Clifton and Bishoston; their stacks appeal to both savoury tastes and diners with a sweet tooth. Why not accompany your order with one of their ace milkshakes or boozy cockatils? Here's our guide to the area.

Compass Point Eatery, Brighton
A US-inspired diner in Kemp Town, they've got a dedicated pancake menu featuring the likes of The Oscar (two buttermilk pancakes with a choice of fresh fruit, ice-cream or streaky bacon and maple syrup) or Dade County Breakfast (three pancakes with chicken goujons, bacon, scrambled eggs and syrup). Click here for our guide to the area.

Wild Cafe, Bath
Nestled on a cobbled street, this quaint eatery dishes up locally-sourced food such as as eggs royale, hot smoked trout salad, and chorizo, cheese and chilli melt. Plus yummy pancakes made with organic flour, piled high with fruit compote or crispy bacon. Our guide to the area is here.

Cafe Tabac, Liverpool
This charming institution has been around since 1974 and has a rep built on their breakfasts, which they serve 12 hours a day. Pancake-wise, they dish up fluffy piles topped with honey, bacon and maple syrup, peanut butter, banana or nutella. Yum. Here's our guide to the area.

Lavender Bakehouse, Cotswolds
Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, coffee and cake, nip in to this bakery and café in Stroud for a tasty pitstop. Order their buttermilk pancakes doused with 100% pure Canadian Grade-A maple syrup, or American-style with crispy bacon – you won't regret it. Click here for our guide to the area.

Cherry Trees, Cornwall
Owned by a New Zealander who had always dreamed of opening her own little coffee house in England, this dog-friendly, scenic spot in Padstow cooks up a mean stack of pancakes. Enjoy them topped with fresh strawberries, grilled banana or blueberry compote. For something more savoury, opt for streaky bacon. Our guide to the region is here.