With Pancake Day coming up, we’ve rounded up our top ten places for perfect pancakes across Yorkshire. We bring you the American, the traditional, the vegan, the gluten-free, Dutch, French, sweet, savoury, and everything in between…
Billy Bob’s, Bolton Abbey
Located mid-way between Skipton and Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales, Billy Bob’s is a genius concept. Surrounded by rolling hills and plenty of cows, not only does it tick every 1950’s retro Americana box, thanks to it also being a dairy farm, it’s pretty sustainable too. The outdoor play area and indoor play barns make this the perfect place for kids.
You are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to food at Billy Bob’s. The breakfast and mains menu is extensive and very retro – from Eggs Sunny Side Up to Chicago-style Hot Dogs, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Nachos, Mac’n’Cheese, Smoked Ribs, Pulled Pork and an array of ‘fixins’ and sides. And, let’s not forget the ice creams, sundaes, and shakes…
Now, onto the pancakes. Their fluffy, buttermilk pancakes are seriously incredible. Go simple with chocolate chip, or classic American with crispy bacon and maple syrup, or add one of their hundreds of flavours of ice cream. If you really want to go out then why not try one of their Parlour Specials?
The ‘American Dream’ comprises of buttermilk pancakes covered in double chocolate and choc fudge brownie ice cream, Oreo cookies, chocolate shavings, vermicelli sprinkles and chocolate sauce!
Or, maybe you’d prefer the ‘Dough-Nutella’ – buttermilk pancakes covered in homemade sugared warm doughnut balls, oozing with nutella, nestled between banana and toffee crunch ice cream and covered in fresh banana and homemade custard, with a drizzle of toffee sauce?
Whatever you choose, you are always in for a treat at Billy Bob’s. Check out Lyndsey’s review here.
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Mrs Atha’s, Leeds
Mrs Atha’s is a real hidden gem, it’s located right in the centre of Leeds but feels a world away from the hustle and bustle thanks to its laidback, wood-clad style.
Primarily a coffee shop and always stocked full of incredible cakes and brownies, they also have a great breakfast and lunch menu.
I can personally vouch for their berry buttermilk pancakes – they’re amazing. They also regularly have pancakes specials such as these buttermilk pancakes with velvet chocolate fudge, berries and meringue crumble.
Check out Mrs Atha’s amazing Instagram here.
Double Dutch Pancake House, York
At Double Dutch Pancake House, yep – you guessed it, their pancake batter is an authentic Dutch recipe made into delightfully light crêpe-style pancakes. Their batter is made fresh throughout the day, using only free-range organic milk and eggs from local farms. They also offer gluten-free and vegan pancakes.
Choose from a huge range of breakfast, savoury and sweet pancakes, inspired by traditional Dutch flavours as well as more well-known combos. I must say, the ‘Full Dutch’ looks pretty amazing – bacon, ham, chicken, salami, mushrooms, sweetcorn, sweet peppers, onions, tomatoes and Edam cheese. They even have boozy pancake options; the ‘Dutch Slammer’ comprises of freshly whipped cream, ice cream and a shot of Advocaat or Baileys!
They also have an afternoon pancake special and a children’s pancake menu, as well as sandwiches, sides and traditional Dutch deserts.
Check out their website here.
After living in Bordeaux and falling in love with crêpes, Andi has brought a little bit of this French delicacy to Yorkshire.
Suzetta’s are open to any weird and wonderful combination that you might want to try. In fact, they challenge you to come up pancake that surprises them.
Their savoury crêpes celebrate the best of British as well as classic French flavours and some more unusual combos – think chicken, avocado, Gruyère cheese, chipotle dressing & leaves, or maybe Yorkshire ham, mature cheddar cheese and two soft fried eggs?
Now, onto the sweet. Brownie and ice cream crêpe anyone? Or, how about Kirsch Marinated Morello cherries, hand whipped Chantilly cream and chocolate sauce?
Click here to see their extraordinary menu.
The Cabin, Sheffield
Combining their American and Norwegian heritage, The Cabin in Sheffield is a fab pancake, waffle & coffee house. Sustainability is at the heart of what they do; all their packaging is eco-friendly, their coffee is ethically sourced, and they use a number of local producers.
Choose whether you want pancakes or a waffle and simply add your favourite toppings. For the brave (or hungry), you can attempt their Pikes Peak Pancake Challenge. A mountainous stack of 12 pancakes with three toppings, covered in maple syrup.
See their website here.
Le Chalet, Leeds
This French café in the centre of Leeds boasts some incredible menus; from classic French raclette and fondue evenings to British inspired afternoon tea, there is a world of choice.
Le Chalet serves customisable sweet crêpes and savoury galettes (pancakes made from buckwheat) all day, as well as numerous other French delicacies including mussels, tarte Provençale and steak haché – that’s a posh burger to you and me.
Head down to Le Chalet this pancake day and stuff your face with unlimited crêpes. Click here for more info about this all-you-can-eat offer.
Click here for more info about Le Chalet
Brew and Brownie, York
This popular brunch spot in the heart of York prides itself on locally grown produce, inspired by the Yorkshire countryside and proper coffee. As well as a delicious range of eggs dishes, pastries, toast, sandwiches, soups and, of course, avocado on toast, Brew and Brownie serve American Pancake stacks all day long.
Choose from: maple syrup, streaky bacon & blueberries; homemade fruit compote, yoghurt & honey; banana & salted caramel; Nutella; or go simple with golden syrup.
Check out their website here
Farmer Copleys, Pontefract
Farmer Copleys in Pontefract started life as a dairy farm and has been in the Copley family for 140 years. With an incredible farm shop, café and restaurant, this farm showcases British agriculture to the community, gets people engaged with the countryside and educates people on where their food comes from and how it is produced.
This pancake day the Moo Café chefs are flipping pancakes all day long! Choose from a range of savoury and sweet toppings including: traditional lemon and sugar; golden syrup; maple syrup and bananas; smoked salmon and cream cheese; caramelised apple; hokey pokey ice cream and lashings of whipped double cream!
For those who want to make your pancakes at home, why not pop into the Farm Shop to pick up the freshest ingredients and a copy of Chef Dan’s pancake recipe?
Check out Farmer Copleys here
The Pancake House, Pateley Bridge
Located in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, The Pancake House is cute little café with a huge array of pancake choices. And I mean huge: hunters’ chicken, pulled pork, goats cheese, sweet chilli jam and rocket pancake; brie and apple chutney; raspberry ripple shortcake ice cream; nutella and banana.
As well as homemade crepe-style pancakes, there’s a range of waffles, soups, breakfast dishes, cakes, milkshakes and smoothies. And, this great café is dog-friendly, making it a great place to stop off after a walk in the Dales.
See their Facebook page here
The Flip Side, Skipton
The Flip Side Creperie boasts an enviable position just off Skipton high street and serves traditional French savoury galettes and sweet crepes, filled with delicious local ingredients.
They have all day breakfast crêpes – think Eggs Benedict in a crêpe -, savoury fillings such as cheesy leeks, chorizo & grilled red pepper, home-baked ham & Wensleydale cheese and loads of sweet toppings including Nutella, fruit, caramel & banana and apple & cinnamon.
Click here to visit their website
Where’s your favourite place to get pancakes?