Pancake Day – aka Shrove Tuesday – is just around the corner. It’s a special kind of day when stuffing your face is practically a requirement and here in Newcastle we’re blessed with plenty of crêperies and cafes just waiting to satisfy our pancake cravings.
Of course, you could stay home and make your own. But we all know that just one slip-up during the all-important pancake flip can leave you with an eggy (and inedible) mess on your kitchen floor.
So why not leave it to the professionals and head to one of these pancake hotspots instead?
Comfort food is the theme at Jesmond favourite Jam Jar so expect stacks of American style pancakes with toppings like maple syrup, bacon, Nutella and Oreo cookies.
To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, Jam Jar are offering diners a free sauce and topping with their pancakes and a pancake-themed food challenge. All you have to do is scoff 10 pancakes with three toppings in 10 minutes to win a meal for you and three friends.
According to Jam Jar lore, nobody has beaten the challenge in three years. Can you?
La Petite Crêperie
Owned by two Frenchmen who swapped their homeland for Newcastle to bring us Geordies their delicious eats, La Petite Crêperie is one of the most popular places to head in town for your pancake fix this year.
The Grainger Market hotspot serves up a range of sweet crêpes and savoury galettes. Go Gallic with a traditional French filling of ham, cheese and egg or stick with a British classic by opting for a lemon and sugar crêpe.
Their best-selling crêpe – the salted butter caramel – is a must-try too.
Alongside its signature sundaes, waffles and milkshakes dessert parlour Kaspa’s also dishes up plenty of crêpes perfect for celebrating Pancake Day.
Feeling fruity? Try the Bananaberry crêpe filled with fresh strawberry and banana slices and topped with chocolate sauce. Or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, Kaspa’s indulgent Belgian milk chocolate or caramel choc crêpes are sure to please.
The Butterfly Cabinet
Bohemian eatery The Butterfly Cabinet is Heaton’s best-loved breakfast and brunch destination and has plenty of American-style pancakes to tempt your taste buds this Shrove Tuesday.
Opt for something light and simple like buttermilk pancakes drizzled with maple syrup or go big with triple chocolate pancakes topped with chocolate sauce.
On a health kick? The Butterfly Cabinet’s protein pancakes (apple and cinnamon pancakes made with whey protein and served with butterscotch sauce) are the perfect healthier option.
Pancake chain Crêpeaffaire opened its doors in Eldon Square’s food hub Grey’s Quarter a couple of years ago and boasts the biggest range of pancakes in the Toon.
There’s plenty of classic sweet and savoury options like cinnamon or smoked salmon but diners who are feeling a bit daring can opt for something more creative like the Ferrero Rocher Extravagance or spicy Mexican chicken.
Got special dietary needs? Don’t worry: they offer a wide range of vegan and gluten-free options too.
Long Play Café
Music mavens and coffee fans have probably headed to Long Play Café for a vinyl or coffee fix in the past but amongst its records, hearty breakfasts and deli eats the café also serves up a few pancakes too.
There’s a limited number but the options are lip-smacking nonetheless. Choose from classic American pancakes (topped with eNutella, bacon and maple syrup or banana, sultanas and honey) or go for a savoury option with the Lumberjack pancakes which come with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and syrup. A veggie version of the Lumberjack with Quorn sausage is available too.
With over a dozen crêpes to choose from, there’s something for everyone this Pancake Day at dessert diner Creams.
Chocoholics will love the Chocolate Spreadology – a crêpe filled with chocolate-hazelnut spread and topped with roasted nuts – but for something a little different, try the Peach Perfect with peach slices and white chocolate sauce.
You can even invent your own by customising your crêpe with any of Creams’ many toppings, sauces and gelato.
The Naked Deli
If you’re a health nut the thought of all those bad carbs and sugary toppings probably have you recoiling in horror but fear not! Thanks to The Naked Deli you can still celebrate Pancake Day without falling off the healthy eating wagon.
Alongside its other nutritious grub, the deli’s breakfast menu features guilt-free protein pancakes available with a choice of healthy toppings including nut butter, banana and clean chocolate sauce.
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