Olney Pancake Parlour, Olney
A fitting place for a pancake parlour, as Olney was apparently home of the first pancake race back in 1445 (now you know!) and continues the tradition today. Never fear though, you won’t need to don your running shoes to eat at Olney Pancake Parlour. This diddy cafe does what it says on the tin, with sweet and savoury pancakes the main event of the menu, and kids’ sizes for those with smaller chops. For a more grown-up affair, visit their Cocktails & Crepes evening on Fri 4 March and tuck in to a menu inspired by Latin American flavours.
Barn Kitchen at Peterley Manor Farm, Great Missenden
Pop in to Peterley Manor Farm’s beautiful new Barn Kitchen (opened at the end of last year to replace their beloved Yurt Cafe) and you can treat yourself to a stack of sweet or savoury pancakes. The savoury is a classic combo of Chiltern smoked streaky bacon and Canadian dark maple syrup, but we’ll be ordering the sweet option with orange labneh, winter berry compote and hazelnuts. There’s also a purse-friendly kids pancake stack with syrup for a fiver.
The Whisk Kitchen and Bar, Woburn Sands
A cafe that specialises in pancakes and cocktails? Sign us up! The Whisk has an amazing variety of pancake flavours on offer, from the traditional (ham and cheese, banana and Nutella etc) to the unusual (spiced duck and cheese with an orange and fennel salad, sauteed cherries with vanilla sauce, goats cheese with honey roasted pear and walnuts). They even offer pancake-making masterclasses if you fancy flipping your own!
Creperie Angelie, Bicester
If you’re more a pancake snacker than a sit-down meal lady, then you’ll love these on-the-go beauties from Creperie Angelie in Bicester Village. Favourites here include wild mushrooms and melted gruyere cheese, lemon and thyme roasted chicken with melted Emmental, and melted Kinder chocolate and whipped cream. We’ll have one now and one for the road, please.
Breakfast Club, Oxford
If you’re heading into Westgate, there are a wondrous number of pancake options available to you, but we’ll be heading to Breakfast Club – after all, it’s kind of their thing. As well as their classic stacks of pancakes with berries or with bacon, egg and cheese, expect a dedicated Pancake Day menu (including a gooey Wagon Wheel Stack) – or order in one of their Pancakes at Home kit, £45, with their top secret pancake batter and enough toppings to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.
The Greedy Italian, Fenny Stratford
Fancy a pancake breakfast? This small but sweet MK restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine (the clue’s in the name), but arrive in time for their breakfast menu and you’ll have a choice of fluffy American pancakes with bacon, berries or smoked salmon – all with the prerequisite maple syrup, naturally. Add in two glasses of prosecco for £8.50 and that’s an excellent start to Shrove Tuesday in our book.
The Works, High Wycombe and Aylesbury
For sugar addicts (or masochist parents prepared to deal with sugar rush), it has to be The Works – these pancake and waffle creations are off-the-charts bonkers, with flavours such as s’mores, Oreo cupcake and strawberry cheesecake menu staples. There are savoury options too, with flavours including Tex Mex and Reuben sandwich (I know, who would?), but make sure to wash it down with a Monster shake – the Choccy Monster flavour includes Kinder Bueno, Kit Kat, Smarties, white chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Calorie counters need not apply.
Muddy favourite Fego is always a great lunching and brunching option, and their pancake offerings are slightly more upmarket choice for this Shrove Tuesday. Go classic with a fluffy pancake stack with berries, compote and mint sugar, or all-out with their loaded pancakes – which is essentially a full fried breakfast sandwiched between pancakes and covered in syrup. If you can’t get to their Marlow branch, shoot over to Gerrards Cross or Beaconsfield instead.
French Affaire, Milton Keynes
For dreamy Insta interiors and a glass of Bollinger alongside your crepe, head over to this French-inspired bistro in Stony Stratford tout suite. They have a huge range of savoury and sweet dishes (including Eggs Benedict crepes that are perfect for brunch), and every pancake can be made with gluten-free batter.
Crepe Escape, Princes Risborough
This family-friendly cafe on the High Street is a no-frills affair, but with delicious crepes coming in well under a fiver, it’s a dead cert for parents after a quick pancake fix. We’ll be ordering the Rocky Road crepe, which is chocolate brownie, mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce served with vanilla ice cream. Race you there.
Little Amsterdam, Banbury
These Dutch pancakes (or pannenkoeken, technically) are ideal for anyone looking to push the boat out this Pancake Day, as the flavours are perhaps a little more, er, inventive than your standard fare – options include bacon and pineapple (yes, together), butternut squash curry and haddock in white wine sauce. Never fear, there are simpler flavours too, and there’s also a ‘create your own option’ for those who want their dishes just so. Owners Ilja and Lino recommend the poffertjes, fluffy mini pancakes that the Dutch enjoy with butter and a generous dusting of icing sugar.
The Harvest Cafe, Bicester
Hello, sweet thing! You’ll get cavities just reading the menu here – it’s all about the desserts, milkshakes and ice cream. There are loads of different toppings available on either an American waffle or a crepe (we’re ordering the Berry Manilow just because we like the name), or you can choose your own from a range of ten toppings and ten separate sauces.
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