Pancake Day in York 2016: Your flipping marvellous guide

Golden brown, texture like sun… perfect pancakes. Photograph © LearningLark on Flickr
2 Feb 2016 @ 9.48 am
| Entertainment, Food & drink

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

Vanbrugh College

Feb 9, noon to 3pm

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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

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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

zuTheir American Pancake Stack. Photograph: Brew And Brownie on Instagram
zuTheir American Pancake Stack. Photograph: Brew And Brownie on Instagram

5 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

Brew & Brownie website

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.

The Barbakan

Here's the Barbakan's take on the American pancake. Photograph: Barbakan
Here’s the Barbakan’s take on the American pancake. Photograph: Barbakan

58 Walmgate, York

Barbakan website

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

Mini marvels by Me And Mrs Fisher. Photograph: D2bdsam on TripAdvisor
Mini marvels by Me And Mrs Fisher. Photograph: D2bdsam on TripAdvisor

Me & Mrs Fisher, 18 Lord Mayors Walk, York YO31 7HA

Me And Mrs Fisher

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.

Spring Espresso

Spring into your pile of pancakes. Photograph: Spring Espresso
Spring into your pile of pancakes. Photograph: Spring Espresso

45 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF

Spring Espresso website

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.

Bill’s

Bill's way with pancakes… Photograph: Bill's Restaurant on Instagram
Bill’s way with pancakes… Photograph: Bill’s Restaurant on Instagram

12 Coney Street, York YO1 9NA

Bill’s York website

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.