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Flipping heck! Where to eat this Pancake Day

Can't be bothered with the faff of Pancake Day? Drop the spatula and make a reservation at one of these eateries instead.

If you can’t think of anything worse than flour, eggs and globs of Nutella plastered all over the kitchen (including the ceiling, if the flipping goes particularly badly), then save yourself the hassle and go out this Pancake Day. Trust us, the kids will enjoy it just as much. Here’s a fun fact for them to enjoy while they’re scoffing pancakes too. Suffolk holds the world record for pancake tossing. The largest number of pancakes tossed in the shortest amount of time is 349 tosses in two minutes, which was achieved by Dean Gould in Felixstowe in 1995. Every day’s a school day!

Bohemia, St Neots

One of our favourite Cambridgeshire cafes, Bohemia, always goes the extra mile when it comes to events and special days and Pancake Day is no exception with their special Shrove Tuesday menu. Keep an eye on their ever changing blackboard for all the delicious crepe combinations they’ll be sure to dream up.

Crepe Affaire, Bridge Street, Cambridge 

oreo flavoured crepe

Forget Pancake Day, this crepe-dedicated restaurant is holding a Pancake Week with giveaways and all sorts of fun pancake-y extras. We particularly like the sound of their Oreo Cookie pancake, the Ferrero Rocher one, the All Day Breakfast, the Maple Bacon… oh just give me them all!

Cambridge Crepes, Cambridge 

crepe van

This family-run business is a much loved part of the Cambs’ food scene and the chefs learnt their crepe technique from the French masters themselves! You can find the pastel blue van in the city centre (normally opposite Monsoon and Next) and also hire them for events. The menu is vast, and include double Nutella, so it’s right up my street.

Elsie May’s Electric Lounge, St Neots

stack of pancakes

Another Muddy favourite, Elsie May’s Electric Lounge’s three or five-stack pancakes are delicious, with a side of blueberries, maple syrup or bacon (or all three in my children’s case).

Petite Pancakes, Stowmarket

Stowmarket is home to the delightful Petite Pancakes Cafe, who do clever things with this doughy delicacy! Wash your pancake down with one of their delicious milkshakes or really go to town this Shrove Tuesday with a pancake afternoon tea (including pancake rolls and their unique panzycakes).

Millworks, Newnham Road, Cambridge 

pancakes with blueberries

We’ve all heard of bottomless brunches, but how about bottomless pancakes? On Shrove Tuesday, Millworks in Cambridge has just such a thing, and I for one will be there with my elasticated waistband trousers seeing how many stacks of pancakes I can work my way through! The only problem is whether to have whipped cream, mixed berries, maple syrup, lemon, sugar, banana & Nutella fillings. Or all of them.

Twyford’s Cafe, Beccles

This grand cafe in Beccles has been serving delicious home cooked food for two decades in a lovely historic building and one of the staples on the menu is just perfect for Pancake Day – The Stateside, American-style pancakes with local smoked crispy bacon and warm local sausage. You can add local sausage and free range fried egg too if you want to go all out.

Creams, Ipswich

pancakes creams

Creams in Ipswich do all the naughty things like milkshakes, waffles, sundaes and gelato and they have a rather extensive crepe menu, including the delightful sounding milk chocolate wonder, chocolate and strawberry wonder, banana burrito wrap and a make your own option.

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