Pancake Day is just around the corner, presenting the perfect excuse to gorge yourself with mountains of pancakes laden with the toppings of your choice. Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, is traditionally the last day before Lent – a day on which observers would eat the last of their dairy reserves before fasting until Easter. Today, it is observed by households across the country, whether in keeping with tradition or simply to enjoy a delicious and under-represented breakfast foodstuff.
Pancake Day is often participated in from the kitchen, with making the batter part of the charm. But it’s all too easy to forget about the occasion, and miss out on buying the right ingredients in time. However, not many think to observe pancake day by eating out, which can elevate the experience to something else entirely. The following are three venues in Newcastle which you can visit to celebrate Shrove Tuesday in the best possible way – and save on washing up in the process.
Aidan’s Kitchen is a beautiful little coffee shop on Starbeck Avenue, with homely décor and an independent edge. Its cake menu is nothing short of genius, and an extensive brunch menu makes for a fantastic weekend visit. Aidan’s is perhaps most famous, though, for its breakfast pancakes, lovingly made, stacked high and topped with bacon for a gluttonous start to your pancake day. Aidan’s is open from 9am until 4pm Monday to Saturday, and 9am-3pm Sundays – make sure not to miss this cosy spot.
The Dispensary Coffee House
The Dispensary is a coffee house and restaurant unlike any other in Newcastle; it is a church to gluttony, with a range of savoury and sweet treats from generous breakfasts and deep-friend brunch items to pancakes smothered in a wide range of ice creams, chocolates and crumbled biscuits. Additional sauces are provided via the gimmick of a syringe, allowing you to literally inject your Pancake Day meal with your favourite toppings. The Dispensary also sells take-away pancake batter so you can do it yourself at home – but with presentation like theirs, eating in-house is surely irresistible.
For a more continental option than the above, look no further than Monsieur Crepe. This distinguished coffee venue serves up delectable milkshakes and smoothies, as well as afternoon tea and sandwiches. Their pancake menu, though, is untouchable; savoury gallettes come in more than ten iterations, and sweet crepes range from the classic lemon and sugar to banoffee, white chocolate and even jaffa cake.
Of course, there is far more to Newcastle than its pancake-slinging independent venues; from cultural monuments to a vibrant nightlife and unparalleled music scene, the city is alive with possibility. It’s never been easier to visit the North-East’s crown jewel either, with regular trains from Manchester to Newcastle providing a fast-paced bridge across the Pennines for anyone to use – whether visiting for a day or a week. However long you visit, and from wherever you come, Newcastle’s immense food scene will welcome you with open arms – and you certainly won’t be going hungry during your stay.