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Top 5 Pancake Day spots

With Pancake Day right around the corner, we have a look at some of the best spots to celebrate it

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What exactly is ‘Pancake day’, and when is it?

Pancake day is 13th February this year, a day before Valentine’s to sweeten up your loved one. Pancakes symbolise Easter and new beginnings as we make our way into spring (although, right now it feels too cold to contemplate spring). Interestingly enough, eggs signify creation, flour the on-going cycle of life, salt the feeling of goodness while milk represents purity.

So, now you have the background, let me tell you the best places to find pancakes this Tuesday. Manchester, a vibrant city full of character has many events lined up this week and next for pancake day:

 

Bill’s Restaurant

Embrace yourself for an art deco, Great Gatsby experience with cocktail-infused pancakes. Be spoilt for choice with a selection of amaretto sour, bramble mojito, classic lemon and caramelised banana topped with salted caramel ice cream pancakes. Starting from just £5.95 it is a very affordable luxury. If you want to further impress your date or relax with some friends, add a glass of prosecco, which brings the fanciful meal to just £9.95. So why not make your way to Bill’s restaurant to enjoy this indulgent experience? This exclusive pancake menu is available now till 13th February. Try all the flavours and save the best one to pamper yourself/your date on pancake day!

 

Common

*FREE pancake alert*

Quoted as the “North West’s best brunch spot” by The Sunday Times, not only do they stack some scrumptious pancakes but they are offering a free pancake with any drink! If you’re looking for a heartier lunch/dinner, their eclectic menu ranges from Korean fried chicken, shawarma and for you vegans out, there is a wide range of options including their signature katsu tofu burger. Champion your inner child and show off your artistic skills at their weekly ‘Colour Club’ from 6-9pm which will also include a free pancake activity book. Honestly, where else are you going to find one of these?

 

Pen and Pencil

1960’s, New York.

American society and culture; civil rights movement, cigarettes, drinking, feminism.

Mad men; a nickname coined by advertising agents in the 1950’s. M(ad) Men.

Be transformed into the heady atmosphere of 1960’s New York City. With a sleek bar containing quirky cocktails such as “beer from the Bronx” and an elegant Don Draper feel making it the perfect place for after work drinks, come in for a classy pancake feast. Keeping in style with the experimental era of the “Swinging Sixties,” Pen and Pencil is offering a culinary twist on pancake day. Why not experiment by creating your own concoction of American pancakes starting from just £6.50? With an abundant list of toppings on offer including ‘boozy golden coffee’ or ‘vanilla honey liqueur’, you can truly go mad with your topping choices.

 

Foundation Coffee House

Trying to stay healthy and stick to your New Year’s resolution? Or perhaps you are a gym junkie? Or maybe you just want to enjoy pancake day without having a sickly-sweet feeling in the pit of your stomach?

Foundation Coffee House has the perfect solution — protein pancakes.

Indulge guilt-free into a stack of 6 protein pancakes topped with fresh berries, honey and the option of creamy Greek yoghurt. The pancakes are subtly flavoured with vanilla and melt into your mouth. Even if you aren’t looking to be healthy these pancakes taste so good you’ll want to try them! And if you are looking for a naughty treat, they also offer an extensive range of brownies which will make your mouth water just from listening to their names. Salted caramel or peanut butter brownies.  They have a range of cocktails including their famous espresso martini to help you unwind.

 

Chapter One Books

For you vegans out there, fear not, this place has your back!

Chapter One Books has a romantic feel to it, being a café and a bookstore. There are comfortable sofas, old bookshelves, typewriters (which you can use!), giving the place a homely feel. The vegan pancakes come with creamy yoghurt, berries and optional muesli. The eggless pancake batter is soft and dry which is complemented nicely by the yoghurt and crunchy muesli. So, tuck in to some lovely pancakes and relax in the tranquil atmosphere.

 

With this list on hand, you’ll be stuffing your face in no time! Now, have a great pancake day and remember that the best topping on a pancake are 2 more pancakes.