22nd Jan, 2018
Best Places For Pancakes In Leeds
Words by Joe Boyd
Sweet or savoury? Shrove Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to enjoy pancakes and Leeds has plenty on offer.
This year, taking place on February 13th, Shrove Tuesday is the one time of year that you can eat your weight in pancakes and not feel guilty. Whether you like them lashed in maple syrup, stuffed with cheese, or like to keep it simple with sugar and a squeeze of lemon, pancakes in Leeds are some of the best the UK has to offer.
From award-winning restaurants to up-and-coming eateries and street food masters, this Yorkshire gem has countless options for where to get a good pancake (or three) on Shrove Tuesday.
Le Chalet, Park Row
If the name doesn’t give it away, Le Chalet is a French tearoom serving up some of the best brunch food year-round. So it’s no surprise that they take their pancakes seriously and serve them all day. For those with a sweet tooth, you can pick from traditional French cider as your topping, or perhaps Nutella or syrup. There are even options if you’re after something a little more savoury. Hailing from North West France, galletes are pancakes that come stuffed with some of the finest fresh meats, vegetables and cheeses. Why not try the brie and bacon served with onion chutney or the au poulet, a combination of chicken, mushrooms and broccoli?
31-32 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JD
The Greedy Pig, North Street
Somewhat as legendary in these parts as Leeds United, the Greedy Pig has built itself an almost cultish following in recent years. Serving up delicious meals from opening until closing time, it’s no surprise their pancakes make the list. Expect American-style, fluffy and thick pancakes served with a plentiful pot of maple syrup. You can also add a couple of rashers of bacon to your plate for just 75p, which is an investment you shouldn’t begrudge yourself, or go all out and gent their sumptuous buttermilk chicken to accompany your pancakes in Leeds.
58 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN
Ox Club, The Headrow
For something a little bit different, head to Ox Club. This award-winning hotspot has earned its reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting restaurants the city has to offer. Although they don’t make it to the regular menu, around this time of year you can expect some of the most delicious pancakes in Leeds to be on the Specials Board. Their twist of putting ricotta in the batter gives them an almost tangy taste that is a little unnerving but incredibly satiating.
19a The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU
Crepe Affaire, Trinity
Its position on the top level of Trinity towering over Albion Street makes Crepe Affaire the perfect stop-off for shoppers looking to rest their legs with something sweet. Of course, they have all the well-loved toppings that you’d expect to accompany your pancakes in Leeds but why not try something a little different? Their Ferrero Rocher Extravagance, Salted Caramel Popcorn Splendour, and Banana, Rum & Raisin Delight are just some of the favourites. There are also gluten-free and buckwheat options available, as well as savoury galettes.
27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER
Laynes Espresso, New Station Street
Choose between savoury and sweet varieties of their buckwheat pancakes, each served with complementary toppings that showcase the nutty flavour arising from the buckwheat formula. For sweet tooths, you can expect Braeburn apple, clementine, pistachio and cinnamon Jam, alongside crème fraîche, while those with a savoury palette will be served smoked streaky bacon, whipped maple and honey butter, sprinkled with pecans.
16 New Station Street, Leeds, LS1 5DL
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