Flippin’ eck – perfect pancakes on the East Coast Mainline

Don’t let Pancake Day crêpe up on you. Check out our 6 top places for a pancake party…

Don’t end up with egg on your ceiling this Pancake Day. Head out for a lazy brunch at one of these pancake houses along the East Coast Main Line. You batter make sure you’re hungry…


1.    My Old Dutch
Londoners queue for this pancake house every Shrove Tuesday. And it’s worth the wait. They do everything from the classic lemon and sugar to Moroccan lamb stew. Plus, specials like Divide & Rule Your Nuts.

What to try? Butterscotch pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, maple syrup and cream
Where to find it? There are branches in Holborn, Kensington and Chelsea
How much? ££
See the whole menu at My Old Dutch

2.    The Crêpe Hut
Follow the delicious smell of warm Nutella Tom and Jerry style to find this little gem in Leeds. It’s a local fave with a surprisingly sophisticated menu. Small but mighty, you’ll be welcomed into the regular crew and never want to leave.

What to try? Manuka honey and lemon crepe with fresh whipped cream
Where to find it? Vicar Lane entrance to Kirkgate Market, Leeds
How much? £

3.    Brew & Brownie
You won’t find a more instagrammable plate of food anywhere in York. Tuck into one of their 3 American pancake stacks, washed down with an artisan coffee. We guarantee instant food envy from your Instagram followers. #foodie #nom

What to try? The American pancake stack with banana and salted caramel
Where to find it? Opposite Museum Gardens in York city centre
How much? £
Check out their photo gallery

4.    Loudons Cafe
This hipster café and bakery is second to none for homemade pancakes in Edinburgh. All food allergies and intolerances are catered for, with gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options aplenty. So break out the brogues, roll up your jeans and settle in for a leisurely brunch.

What to try? Pancake stack with avocado, spinach and red onion layered with black bean houmous topped with coriander and spring onion crème fraiche
Where to find it? Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
How much? ££
Cast hungry eyes over their menu

5.    The Wild Trapeze
Comfort food fans rejoice! Enter this Geordie tea room cocoon and eat yourself into a stupor. It comes highly praised on TripAdvisor (no mean feat) so make a beeline for their buttermilk pancakes on Pancake Day – we’ll race you.

What to try? Wild blackberry and long pepper pancakes with star anise caramel
Where to find it? In the heart of Heaton, Newcastle
How much? ££

6.    The Delaunay
Leave touristy types and street food trucks for dust with a plate of seriously posh pancakes. All dark wood and antique mirrors, you won’t find Nutella on The Delaunay brunch menu. But you will find some classy combinations inspired by luxurious European cafés.

What to try? Pancakes with apple and cinnamon compote
Where to find it? On the corner of Aldwych and Drury Lane, London
How much? £££
You’d better book a table sharpish

Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.  

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