Flip it: Where to get the best pancakes
We scoff stacks of pancakes on a regular basis so we know where to indulge. No need to worry about the smoke alarm going off and the dishes piling up. Here are ten of the best in Northants and beyond.
Bill’s, Rushden Lakes
Bill’s always make an effort with their seasonal menus and, happily for our bellies, they have whisked up a special pancake day menu (available 21 Feb – 1 Mar). Choose from loads of tantalising toppings, from sweetcorn with poached eggs, feta and avocado with baby spinach, red pepper dressing, coriander & chilli to caramelised banana and salted caramel ice cream with warm chocolate sauce & toasted almonds. They’ve even paired recommended cocktails to go with each one. So starters, main course and dessert then, yeah?
The Green Room, Brackley
Gorgeous cosy cafe by day, sleek modern deco-style gin bar by night: the Green Room have recently had a big spruce up and they’ve reinvented their menu too which, we can confirm, is refreshingly outside the box. Scoff their blueberry pancakes with fresh blueberries, vanilla cream and freeze-dries raspberries, or gobble the streaky bacon and maple syrup, and don’t forget to order an artisan G&T to wash it all down.
Ten Hands, Towcester
Ten Hands in Towcester is a chilled out and super friendly place to meet your pals or take the kiddos for brunch. The coffee is top banana, and the buttermilk pancakes come served piled high with a choice of berries and yoghurt or crispy bacon and maple syrup. Decisions, decisions. We’ll take both.
Zapato Lounge, Northampton
Zapato is the Spanish word for shoe, so-named in honour of Northampton’s famed shoe industry, but don’t worry the pancakes are not as tough as old boots, we promise. Stuff yourself with their satisfyingly huge Diner Brunch of buttermilk pancakes with smoked streaky bacon, maple syrup, beans, hash browns and fried eggs whilst you relax in their eclectically styled restaurant, read a book, or play a board game. Smaller portions with bananas and berry sauce are available on the kids menu. It’s a great location in a lovely historic building in the centre of town, plus it’s dog friendly. If you’re out of town though, you might also like to try Lago Lounge at Rushden Lakes (check for their opening date, it has been delayed due to storm damage) or Castello Lounge in Wellingborough, where you’ll find the same chilled atmosphere and super friendly service.
Café Marseille, Northampton
Bang in the middle of Northampton, this beautifully designed restaurant is inspired by the rich gourmet heritage of the eponymous French port town. Café Marseille serve buttery, pastry-tastic breakfast buffets every weekend and the pancakes are de rigueur. Try them with smoked salmon and cream cheese, strawberries and chocolate spread, or bacon and maple syrup, but if you fancy something a little bit more ooh la la the Crêpes Suzette with Grand Marnier are fantastique.
The Flight Deck, Turweston
We think the Flight Deck cafe at Turweston is one of Northamptonshire’s best kept secrets. The buzzing cafe has views overlooking the lake and runway at the aerodrome, so you can savour your Lavazza whilst watching the planes land and take off. Perfect for your little Muddy crew members, and you can even bring the family pooch along. Pancakes are served with scrambled eggs, bacon and maple syrup, with meat sourced from Smith and Clay and eggs from College Farm in Evenley.
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. One smoked salmon and avocado brunch pancake for us, please.
French Affaire, Stony Stratford
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 so everyone can partake in a little pancake action.
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.
Crepêrie Angélie, Bicester
If you’re more a pancake snacker than a sit-down meal lady, then you’ll love these on-the-go beauties from Crêperie Angélie in Bicester Village. Favourites here include wild mushrooms and melted gruyere cheese, lemon and thyme roasted chicken with melted Emmental, and sea-salted caramel, banana and whipped cream. We’ll have one now and one for the road, please.