With Shrove Tuesday nearly upon us, it’s time to start brushing up on our pancake game. Ok, who are we kidding; we eat the things all year round. But Pancake Day is a time to cast off the breakfast/brunch shackles and indulge in these fluffy stacks of deliciousness at any time of the day. And now you’ll be ready to ‘batter’ it out with the best of them with this selection of the best pancakes in Manchester.
What kind of self-professed all-American eatery would Alabama’s be if they didn’t sell pancakes? Luckily for us, they do – thick, fluffy stacks of the them, served all day topped with any number of sweet indulgences. Our advice? Order the banofee ones, with caramelized bananas, candied pecans, toffee sauce and Chantilly cream.
- 10 Newton Street, M1 2AN
Home Sweet Home
Both locations of this American-style comfort food café serve pancakes all day, and although the selection isn’t very big (only three different varieties), they are all suitably sweet and indulgent. Every option comes served with whipped cinnamon butter and optional bacon on the side (because, bacon), and if you’re really pushing the boat out, opt for the OREO-M-F-G; an Oreo pancake topped with ‘dreamcheese’ drizzle.
- 49-51 Edge Street, M4 1HW and Unit 4, Great Northern Square, M3 4EN
Moose has become synonymous with pancakes ever since its opening, and rightly so. Their selection of American pancakes offers the greatest choice of flavours, with pancake purists able to order just a plain ‘ol stack with Canadian maple syrup and butter. Alternatively, get them topped with Nutella, blueberries, ice cream or bacon, or order the pancake version of breakfast with the granola and chocolate peanut butter pancakes (homemade granola, chocolate spread, peanut butter and orange pieces). Oh, and they do tend to up their game on Shrove Tuesday, so look out for a specials menu.
- 20 York Street, M2 3BB
Get to Bill’s before noon and you can take your pick of two types of blueberry pancakes – one topped with banana, strawberries and maple syrup, the other accompanied by smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup. The choice may seem small, but the ingredients here are top-notch and it’s as good a place as any to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the city centre.
- 8-12 John Dalton Street, M2 6JP
Brown’s isn’t necessarily the first place that springs to mind when you think of breakfast foods, but they do serve buttermilk pancakes throughout the morning. Although you’re kind of stuck with their pre-decided toppings (they only come with berries, borage honey and Greek yogurt), the sweeping grandeur of the building is likely the fanciest backdrop to your batter that you’re destined to encounter.
- 1 York Street, M2 2AW
Another place that takes the decision-making out of your hands, Evelyn’s serves only buttermilk pancakes with blueberries and honeycomb butter until 5pm each day. But the place is cosy, and Scandi-chic, and their small, fluffy pancakes are like little puffs of sweet air. Or something like that.
- G18 – Smithfield Building, Tib Street, M4 1NB
The Pen and Pencil
Although we’re more used to getting our cocktail fix at The Pen and Pencil than our caffeine fix, their brunch menu (served until 4pm) features a simple selection of short stack pancakes served with plain with maple syrup. Add bacon or fruit if you’re really feeling frivolous.
- 57 Hilton Street, M1 2EJ
If you find yourself down Chorlton way (and why wouldn’t you?), then the ever-lively Launderette will set you up with a stack of American-style pancakes at breakfast time. And in a stylish twist, they’ll even let you add pancetta on the side. None of this regular old bacon malarkey.
- 32 Beech Road, Chorlton, M21 9EL
This wonderfully chintzy tea room has just started serving pancakes on its breakfast menu and we couldn’t be happier about it. Expect thick pancakes, slathered in salted caramel sauce and rashers of bacon, all served on an Instagram-worthy plate. What more could you want?
- 60 Tib Street, M4 1LG