Whether you prefer fluffy buttermilk pancakes drizzled with maple syrup or classic French crêpes loaded with chopped strawberries, there’s something for everyone when it comes to Pancake Day. No stack is too tall, no pancake is too thick and no topping is too bizarre (unless it’s Marmite… that’s always debatable).
This year’s Pancake Day takes place on Tuesday 5 March 2019 — a day when around 52 million eggs will be cracked and 117 million pancakes will be tossed and eaten in the UK alone. Also known as Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day takes place before the start of Lent and was established as a means to use up ‘forbidden’ Lent foods such as eggs, flour, sugar and fat. For a simple batter, it sure does taste good!
If your pancake flipping skills need some work, then save yourself the mess and choose from our favourite spots in Manchester to savour an Instagrammable pancake stack.
For the Sweet-toothed
Founded in 2006, this much-loved city centre favourite is inspired by American diners and the almighty breakfasts of New York. If you’re looking for a thick pancake stack with all of the trimmings, then this is the place to go to fill your belly. Think homemade salted caramel, cinnamon spiced apple and Canadian maple syrup pancakes. Mmm.
Where? York House, 20 York Street, Manchester, M2 3BB
Image: Moose Coffee
The Botanist and The Oast House
The reason we’ve combined these two delights together is simple — both The Botanist and The Oast House are owned by NWTC (The New World Trading Company) and will be serving a unique Pancake Hanging Kebab this Pancake Day. Available for one day only, pancake revellers can choose from a gooey chocolate brownie kebab or a sweet strawberry and marshmallow kebab with lemon drizzle sauce.
Where? The Botanist - 78 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2FW. The Oast House - Spinningfields, The Avenue Courtyard, Manchester, M3 3AY
Did you know? The largest ever pancake weighed an incredible three tonnes and spread to 15 metres wide!
Home Sweet Home
From towering cakes to droolworthy milkshakes, Home Sweet Home has always been renowned as the home for the sweet-toothed city dwellers. Their pancakes are second-to-none on a regular day, so we’re expecting great things for their Pancake Day extravaganza. Choose from the likes of Oreos and frosting, Nutella and salted caramel or cinnamon crunch fluffy pancakes.
Where? Great Northern, Unit 4, Great Northern Square, Manchester, M3 4EN
Image: Home Sweet Home
Known for their superior beers, live music displays and queue-forming photobooth, Albert Schloss is the place to celebrate the end of the working week. It’s also the place to enjoy some unusual yet alluring pancakes on the 5th, including orange curd crêpes with candied orange zest and pickled blood orange.
Where? 27 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR
Image: Albert's Schloss
Quite the celebrity haunt, Menagerie is the perfect base for cocktails and fizz in the business district of Spinningfields. If you really want to celebrate in style this Pancake Day, then opt for their picture-perfect Pancake stacks with unlimited cocktails and prosecco for £30 per person. The sharing stacks are valid for six guests for a maximum of two hours table time — more than enough time to quench your thirst and hunger for moreish pancakes.
Where? One New Bailey, New Bailey Street, Salford, M3 5JL
This Northern Quarter hotspot is extending its Pancake Day offering from Monday 4 March to Thursday 7 March 2019, so you’ve got plenty of time to make the most of their indulgent, battered goodness. Chocoholics will be in awe of Dive NQ’s offerings, with the likes of Mississippi mud pie and black forest gateaux pancakes gracing the menu. Furthermore, a portion of pancakes is only £3.50 — two servings, anyone?
Where? 12 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1SH
For the Health Conscious
As Manchester’s first free-from cafe, 3SQUARED is attracting conscious consumers who wish to avoid inflammatory ingredients for health conditions or benefits. Forget dairy milk, gluten, wheat, refined sugar, peanuts and soy — any dishes served here are made up of alternatives whilst not compromising on taste. On Pancake Day, head to 3SQUARED to enjoy pancakes made from eggs, gluten-free flour and cashew milk, topped with the likes of maple syrup or summer berry and date syrup. A vegan pancake option will also be available.
Where? Unit 19, Royal Exchange Arcade, St Anns Square, Manchester, M2 7EA
Did you know? The world record for flipping pancakes currently stands at 349 flips in just two minutes! That poor person’s wrist...
Although The Garden is further out of the city centre, it’s worth making the short trip to Hale on the 5th to savour their sumptuous Pancake Platter. Designed for two people (or one if you’re feeling extra peckish), this vegan platter can be ordered either sweet or savoury and is a much healthier alternative to the Nutella crêpes so many of us will be tempted by. As an organic cafe focused on serving Earth-friendly food, The Garden is also offering a free revitalising ginger shot for the first five platter orders.
Where? 154 Ashley Road, Hale, Altrincham, WA15 9SA
Image: The Garden
Where will you be tucking into some mouthwatering pancakes this Pancake Day? Have we missed off any hotspots that should be on the list? Let us know on Twitter!