10 flippin’ fab places for pancakes
Can't be bothered with batter? Prefer feasting to flipping? Here's where to find the best homemade pancakes, galettes and waffles this Shrove Tuesday.
Okay, pancake-lovers, Bills have set you a challenge to prove your devotion – an all you can eat, all day long offer on Pancake day (obvs) whether it’s bananas, strawberries and blueberries or smoked streaky bacon – drizzled with oodles of pancake syrup, for £7.45.
C’mon, there can’t be many calories on this wholesome apple, seed and Greek yogurt medley, surely? Block at Butcher’s Row nail the wholesome American style pancakes thang perfectly.
Pink Moon, Exeter
Brunching in the city? Get your chocolate fix with a choc and hazelnut smothered pile in Exeter’s most insta-friendly (and possibly pinkest or is that The Veg Box?) eatery.
Boston Tea Party, Torquay
Not managed a nose at the new Boston Tea Party just opened on The Strand? Here’s your excuse! Two choices of American-style pancakes, smoked back bacon with maple syrup and maple butter or Greek yogurt and blueberry compote. And the fresh refurb beats the old Pizza Express any day, doesn’t it?
Wild Thyme Cafe, Station Road, Totnes
Who needs a bacon sarnie when you can tuck into smoked local bacon and maple syrup? And look! A garnish of green pea sprouts which means extra brownie points for the health.
Church Lane, Tavistock
Freshly made French-style crepe smothered in Nutella and fresh fruit in a Grade 2 listed Georgian building in the heart of Tavistock, overlooking the historic town? Don’t mind if we do! Then again the brownie, choc sauce, choccie ice cream and chocolate Flake sounds pretty awesome too…
Cafe du Parc, Burton at Bideford
Proper French crepe in a proper French bistro, madame? Head to the Burton at Bideford’s wonderful French cafe for delcieux-ement Francois-style, from plain but classy lemon and sugar, to La Nutella, La Biscotti, La Salted Caramel or how about La Belle Helene? Poached pear, chocolate sauce, ice cream and a lacing of Chantilly. Yours for £6, along with a helpful recipe on the wall for those who parler Francais.
Hidden away just off the Quay, here’s Muddy’s fave place for a savoury galette, okay and maybe a crepe for afterwards but only days with a ‘Y’ in them. Try the ham, emmental cheese and fried egg, I think mine was made with buckwheat – anyway it was vegan and it was amazing. And they’re licenced so you can have a glass of vino or cocktail while you’re at it.
Want to watch it being made fresh right in from of you? Kieran and Sofie, the gluten-free waffle peeps at Plymouth’s Pannier Market have expanded into g-f pancakes every Friday and Saturday 9-11am, after that it’s back to their legendary homemade bubble waffles and new savoury waffles made to their own top-secret recipe.
Le Cygne, Dawlish
Yes, I do love pancakes but I also love a crispy, melt in the mouth waffle, and I know where to get a good one – on The Strand looking out at the black swans on the lawns in Dawlish. I’ll have mine covered in lashings of strawberries, Devon clotted cream and dollops of vanilla, thank you.
The Botanist, Guildhall, Exeter
For lovers of hanging kebabs, we bring you…the incredible Pancake Hanging Kebabs – on the menu from Monday 28th February – Wednesday 2nd March. Choose from chocolate brownie or strawberry and marshmallow. Or hey, why not both? Bonkers or what.
Want more, more, more? Try a quirky Devon Pancake Day custom…
Head to Clovelly for Lentsherd (pronounced Lanshard), their centuries-old Shrove Tuesday custom to chase away bad spirits and drive the devil into the sea before Lent. At dusk children set off to the Harbour, where they tie cans together and throw them into the Harbour (don’t worry eco-warriors, they are then retrieved). Kids taking part will receive a free pancake to decorate with toppings. Free entry after 4.30pm.