It’s time once again for us to gather our nearest and dearest around the dining table for a big old bust-up about the correct topping for a pancake.
Someone always throws in a few curve-balls – maple syrup, peanut butter, gravy (#shudder) – but basically it comes down to a fight to the death (or at least until someone knocks over a chair and a littley starts crying) between lemon and sugar, jam and golden syrup.
We don’t make the rules people; we just report them.
While you’re deciding on your supreme topping, here are a few pancake-related events, and places to go to find the perfect pancake.
York Street Pop-Up Pancakes
Feb 9, noon to 3pm
Enjoy made to order, sweet and savoury crepes (posh pancakes) from a pop-up tent outside Greg’s Place at Vanbrugh College.
Among the slightly more out-there toppings are mozzarella and slow-roasted tomato, ham and cheese, and banana and chocolate.
More traditional pancakes will also be on sale in the Library Cafe and Hub from 10am to 3pm.
Riverside Pancake Day
Slug & Lettuce (Riverside)
Feb 9, 9am to 5pm
Why have just one topping when you can have two, three, four or, indeed, all of them? (Take our advice: cheese or treacle; not cheese and treacle.)
The riverside Slug & Lettuce is offering a full buffet-style topping table, loaded with chopped up chocolate bars, sauces, fruit, marshmallows and all manner of other goodies.
You name it; they’ll have it. But if you don’t think they will, simply put in a request when you make your booking and they’ll see what they can do. It’s £5 for two pancakes and a hot drink.
Brew And Brownie
5 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT
The coffee shop is always a top hit for beautifully Instagrammed breakfast plates of all types. In a great location opposite Museum Gardens its the place to pop in for artisan coffee, homemade bread and of course: pancakes!
Our favourite: American Pancake Stack – served with maple syrup, streaky bacon and blueberries, £6.50.
58 Walmgate, York
The Walmgate café and restaurant that specialises in Eastern European food is a cosy gem that many Yorkies have grown to love. Breakfast is served 9am to noon on weekdays (they start at 10am on Sundays) and kids eat free at breakfast.
Our favourite: American Pancake – with maple syrup, fresh cream and fruits, £5.65.
Me & Mrs Fisher
Me & Mrs Fisher, 18 Lord Mayors Walk, York YO31 7HA
A craft and cake shop on Lord Mayor’s Walk, everything is home-made on site with fine local ingredients. It specialises in tea, cake and all things lovely.
If you pop in for a cuppa, you can also treat yourself to a number of craft classes on site, including card making, cushion sewing and even cotton classes for kids.
Our favourite: Mini Pancakes, which come with homemade sipping sauce £3.95.
45 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF
Spring Espresso is a bustling café situated in the heart of independent business country on Fossgate. It serves Square Mile Coffee that is prepared daily by its team of baristas, perfect to wash down your pancake.
Our favourite: Pancake Stack – Banana, chocolate chip, Nutella and honey £5.
12 Coney Street, York YO1 9NA
Bill’s prides itself on dining from breakfast till bedtime, and everything in between. A great location for when you are looking for a fab, filling breakfast.
Our favourite: Bill’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes – bananas, strawberries and maple syrup at £5.95. Add smoked streaky bacon for £1.50.