One of the best days in the foodie calendar is here and it’s time to decide where you’re going for the ultimate stack.
Whilst homemade pancakes hit the spot and attempting to flip them is definitely a laugh, it’s always a treat to get out and about to celebrate the momentous occasion.
From thin crepes with lemon and sugar to pillowy, thick buttermilk stacks which are showered with a whole host of delicious toppings – there’s a pancake dish for everyone to devour this Shrove Tuesday.
Keep reading for our top picks of cafes, restaurants and bars to visit this Pancake Day.
House of Koko
Chapel Allerton and Oakwood
House of Koko have two locations on the outskirts of Leeds, one in Oakwood and one in Chapel Allerton and let me tell you, they are both the absolute bees knees when it comes to brunch.
Their pancakes are fluffy, pillowy, light, perfectly formed and just down right delicious. The list of toppings is almost overwhelming and you can mix and match yours to your heart’s content, we’re talking bacon, biscoff, kinder bueno, toasted nuts, white choc chips, banana and even ice cream, the list really does go on but you’ll be here all day.
Given Canadian pancakes are a worldwide favourite, you’d expect the best pancakes to come from Moose Coffee. Made fresh to order, there’s a stack of three dusted with icing sugar, dotted with blueberries and served with Canadian butter on offer as well as a Biscoff Stack made from three pancakes, biscoff sauce, vanilla ice cream, white choc shards, lotus biscuit.
The coffee shop will also see the return of the Benedict Stack, a team favourite, so whatever your preference this Pancake Day, your combination of sweet and savoury is pretty much guaranteed to live up to the famous Canadian combination- maple syrup included.
Farmhouse only opened a couple of months ago and they are already making waves for their epic super stacked pancakes – honestly they are the talk of the city.
Their famous blueberry and banana pancakes are available every day of the week but in aid of National Pancake Day from Tuesday 12 February to Sunday 18 February, there will be a different pancake special every day. Pancakes up for grabs will be lemon eton mess, Nutella and strawberries, rum and pineapple and loads more.
If Up North
Call Lane or York Place
If you’re a regular on the If Up North Instagram page, you’ll know that these guys are big fans of pancakes. Given their obsession with posting their beautifully decorated variations online, we’re confident that these pancakes will be lip-smacking, mouth-drooling good and packed with flavour.
Expect flavours like berry and Biscoff, fruits and cream, bacon and maple syrup as well as a whole host of different variations at any of their Leeds-based cafes.
The Savvy Baker
Lidgett Lane, Roundhay
Following the overwhelming success of last year’s Pancake Day event at The Savvy Baker cafe in Roundhay, the stacks are returning for 2024 with a choice of the likes of Kinder, Biscoff, Nutella, White Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Sugar and Lemon.
Find out more here.
North Star Coffee Shop
Locally renowned for its coffee roast, North Star Coffee Shop is also a great contender for the best-looking pancakes around. Open from 8am this Shrove Tuesday, grab some fluffy pancakes topped with fruit, sauce, cream or chocolate- whatever your preference.
Olive & Rye
Inside Queens Arcade
Located inside Queens Arcade in Leeds city centre, Olive & Rye is a well-loved brunch spot that’s always busy. This Shrove Tuesday will be no different, given the cafe reckon they have the best pancakes in Leeds and already hold a great reputation with food bloggers, enthusiasts and Leeds locals alike.
If you’re after something freshly cooked, artisan and homemade, as well as being beautifully presented and perfect for the ‘gram, Olive & Rye is going to be your one-stop-pancake-shop this week.
New Station Street
If they’re made with buckwheat then it means they’re healthy, right? Everyone’s favourite coffee shop Laynes serve up a mouthwatering offering of Buckwheat pancakes smothered in fresh blueberry compote, greek yoghurt, sprinkled with a crunchy pistachio crumb and finished with a drizzle of sticky honey.
They of course go perfectly with a heavenly cup of coffee served inside their dazzling bright yellow, life-affirming coffee shop.