Places to Visit for Pancake Day Across the North East, our recipe and a dog friendly recipe
This post has been updated for 2023! Keep an eye out as I regularly update this post when deals are announced.
Our favourite day of the year is almost here! Pancake day. Officially known as Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday gets the name from the ancient Christian practise of being shriven, which means being forgiven for things you've done wrong. It was traditionally to tell a priest about anything bad you had done to get it out of the way ready for lent. On shrove Tuesday people used up eggs and fatty foods because you couldn't have these during lent. One of the best ways to use up eggs and fat is to make pancakes hence pancake day.
This year Pancake day falls on 21st February. We usually make up our own pancakes and have a pancake breakfast, lunch and then something like Duck pancakes for tea.
I have done a bit of research and found a few places offering some of the best looking pancakes in the North East. Obviously if you know of any that I have not mentioned please feel free to drop me an email or comment on this post.
Love Lilly - Offering Pancakes from there Roker and Herrington park stores, No booking is required but I would advise heading there early as it does get quite busy. You can either sit in or take away,
Coffee Yolo - Located at Stack Seaburn, Strawberry and Nutella were part of the fiver deal last year hopefully there's a similar deal running this year! If not though we still recommend.
Gatsby - Recommend getting in early, they usually serve a stack of 3 pancakes in a choice of three toppings. Gatsby serve some fab food and are known for proper comfort food.
808 Bar & Kitchen - Seated service and Takeaway, booking is required
Spent Grain - Are offering a variety of toppings, booking is required.
Port Of Call - Usually offer a variety of toppings and last year they did Rhubarb & Custard so I am hoping they do that one again. I love a bit of Rhubarb!
The Good Apple - Vegan options, I have been told they are doing pancakes for pancake day.... Will update on this one.
Flat White Kitchen - I have been told they do amazing Pancakes, however every time we have been past there's been a huge queue. Must be nice then! We are going to head back to Durham soon so I am just going to que!
The Pancake Café - Perfectly named for Pancake day. Booking is required
Bills - Last year they did an all you can eat pancakes with a choice of 4 toppings. Did I mention that its ALL YOU CAN EAT!
Miss Elephant Chester Le Street - Offering some delicious sounding pancakes such as the burrito pancake. (not sure if that will be on for pancake day though)
Clean Bean Seaham - Option for those with dietary needs. The food looks stunning here!
The Botanist - Signature hanging pancake kebab. Do I need to say anything else?! Booking required
The Dispensary Coffee House - Are offering some mouth watering stacked pancakes and toppings.
Wheatsheaf Benton Square - Lots of toppings to choose from booking is essential.
Redcar & Cleveland
Nellies Pancake House Guisborough - Now If I had to travel for a pancake I think it would be to Nellies. Booking is recommended
Signals Saltburn - Maple and Bacon pancakes looks delish!
Gabrielle's Ice Cream Parlour Redcar - We have had goodies from here before and they are always delicious.
Marshalls Café Berwick - Check out the salted caramel 3 stack of pancakes! They look amazing.
The School House Belford- Have a variety on offer included the option of Bacon and Maple syrup with Ice Cream! I'm not sure how I feel about this......
Mrs Cs Patisserie- They do an amazing range of treats and the pancakes look amazing.
Lyla Belles Café - range of toppings Booking is essential
Baker Street Café - Check out the banoffee stack!
Crab & Waltzer - Have a waffle and pancake section on the menu.
The Boatyard Cullercoats - Have a few different options including the family stack (10 pancakes)
Valerie's Tearoom - Are offering some delicious looking pancakes.
Our Fluffy Pancake recipe we swear by.
200g S/R Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp of sugar (I usually use caster)
3 Large free range Eggs
25g of melted unsalted butter
200ml milk ( I use Semi) ( I also do the same mix but with oat milk)
Splash of oil for cooking.
I purchased a few years back 2 silicone rings which are perfect for making pancakes which made it a whole lot easier I think I bought them on Amazon. I also use them when we make eggs too!
Mix the Flour, Baking powder and sugar together in a mixing bowl then create a well in the middle and slowly start to fold in your wet ingredients starting with the eggs, butter and milk. Whisk until smooth. Heat your pan and use a bit of oil to make sure they don't stick start to pour in the amount of batter you want for the thickness and cook on both sides for around 2 minutes. Serve.
For a dog friendly version we use the Dogs Trust recipe which is...
50g Plain Flour
Basically you add it to a bowl, mix it all together and then cook up some pancakes. Try putting it into a squirty bottle to make it easier.
Toppings of doggies choice. Please make sure you check what dogs can and can not have. Our dogs love a bit of peanut butter and a few blueberries. (My oldest dog is known to swipe a strawberry or two when you're not looking.)
I would love to see what you do for pancake day, feel free to tag me in your photos on social media and I might share them at the end of the day.