My top three pancake spots in Bristol

by Tania Nzembela, Senior Resident in Riverside, East village

Illustration by Tania Nzembela, Senior resident in East village @TaniaBe1a

Shrove Tuesday is a Christian festival celebrated before the start of Lent, click here for a short video explaining the significance of these days to Christians across the world. This day is also known as “Pancake Day” or “Pancake Tuesday” and is widely acknowledged across the world. I will suggest some spots you can go to for delicious pancakes with friends on Pancake Day – or any other day. These are not listed in any particular order – they are all great places to go!

Quay Street Diner

Photo credit: @quaystreetbristol

This high-spirited diner can be found in the heart of Bristol and is encapsulated by vibrant street art. They serve traditional and authentic American and Mexican dishes e.g., burgers and tacos, throughout the day alongside a variety of desserts and drinks. Their vegetarian “Pancake Stack” can be served with bacon or blueberries and is topped with maple syrup. You can also customize your meal with other toppings. Pancakes can be ordered from the “Weekend breakfast and brunch” menu between: 9am-3pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday. Click here for menu.

This diner is a ~6-minute walk from the Riverside accommodation! It is even more close to other East Village residences e.g., New Bridewell and The Courtrooms.

Chez Marcel

Photo credit: @chezmarcelcreperie

No need to take a trip to northern France for the finest crêpes, Chez Marcel offers an authentic crêperie experience right here in Bristol. Head over to Chez Marcel and try their great selection of crêpes or Breton galettes (square crêpes in Chez Marcel Instagram post). The main difference between galettes and crêpes is that they are savoury rather than sweet. Most galettes are made from buckwheat, which is suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets and you can switch the savoury toppings for sweet toppings. Click here for menu.

Boston Tea Party

Photo credit: @btpparkstreet

There are 5 BTP cafes in Bristol, but the Park Street café was the very first BTP to open in 1995. It has a secluded garden, which is open to customers, which is a great place to chill with friends during the summer. They serve pancakes with two different topping combinations. As seen in the BTP Instagram picture, the blueberry compote, vanilla Greek yoghurt & maple butter is suitable for vegetarians. The blueberry compote really takes these pancakes to another level – maybe that just because I find regular blueberries on pancakes a little basic. The other topping selection is maple syrup and maple butter with smoked bacon – typical pancake toppings that hits the spot every single time. BTP’s menu will satisfy your appetite with its healthy meal options and drinks. Click here for menu.

Thank you for reading this blog post, if you do check out any of these restaurants, I hope you also have a positive experience.

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