As pancake Tuesday or Strove Day fast approaches on the 5th of March, we thought we would share some of the best places in Belfast to enjoy delicious pancakes. That’s if you don’t fancy making your own, it’s always nice to go out and treat yourself.
Don’t worry there are also plenty of places that do healthy pancakes that taste just as nice if you’re on a health kick. But first, let’s tell you a little bit more about the history surrounding Pancake day.
The History of Pancake Day
Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday usually takes place roughly 47 days before Easter Sunday between 3rd of February and the 9th of March. This Year it falls on the 5th of March 2019.
The traditional feast day dates back to the Anglo – Saxon Era before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The 40 days that compromise of Lent leading up to Easter has often been a traditional time of fasting.
The name Shrove comes from an old English word ‘Shrive’ meaning going to confession to say sorry for the wrong things you did. A bell would be rung to call people to confessions which happened to be called the ‘Pancake Bell’.
This then led to Pancake Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday a traditional day where people could indulge in the remaining of rich and fatty foods before fasting until Easter. Pancakes where thought of as the perfect way to use up these ingredients.
Traditionally pancakes have often been a thin, flat cake made of batter that’s fried in a pan, usually served with lemon juice and caster sugar. The four main ingredients used for pancakes offer differently symbols. Eggs- Creation, Flour – The staff of Life, Salt – Wholesomeness and Milk – Purity.
Nowadays there is no shortage of different flavours of pancakes and an endless list of topping and sauces that go along with it, making them very irresistible!
Where to Enjoy Pancakes in Belfast?
There are some great restaurants and cafes in Belfast where you can try some of the best pancakes in Ireland!
It doesn’t even have to be Pancake Tuesday for you to have pancakes, pancakes are perfect any time of year! So, let’s get on to our list of the best places to enjoy pancakes in Belfast!
Tony & Jens, Lisburn Road
First up on our guide to best pancakes in Belfast is at Tony and Jens located on the Lisburn road. What’s so great about this restaurant is that they specialise in creating healthy but very tasty food and their pancakes are just amazing.
The best part of all, these pancakes are complete guilty free which makes them even more appealing. They are loaded with fibre, protein, all-natural fats – pretty much the opposite of a ‘real pancake’ but just as enjoyable we promise!
Their Banana Nutella and Banoffee Pancakes are two of their best selling and seriously mouth-watering. Also, every month Tony & Jens create a new speciality pancake for you to try, so well worth visiting any time of the year.
Slims Healthy Kitchen, Lisburn Road
Next up head to Slims Kitchen where you can enjoy more healthy but completely guilt-free pancakes in Belfast. They move away from the traditional pancakes of eggs, milk and flour, offering unique pancakes where you’ll find sweet potatoes as their main ingredient.
Don’t knock it before you try as these may be healthier but just as yummy. Slims Kitchen also offers a variety of toppings from dairy-free cashew, blueberries, cream and coconut to name a few.
26 West, Kennedy Centre
Located in the west of the city is 26 West that offers some truly amazing pancake options on their menu. This restaurant hosts an all-American theme to help celebrate pancake day with some pretty irresistible pancakes.
You can choose from strawberry pancakes, double blueberry pancakes, double chocolate chip pancakes and raspberry white chocolate chips. I mean they just sound incredible and I’m sure they taste just as good. If you want to go to a place that goes all out on Pancake day then 26 West won’t let you down.
Paper Cup, Titanic Quarter
Another great place that does an unbelievable pancake stack is at Paper Cups in the Titanic Quarter. You can try their delicious pancake stack that comes with honeycomb ice cream, Nutella toffee sauce and a Malteser drizzle.
If that doesn’t make your mouth water, then I don’t know what else will! This sound like the ultimate pancake to try this pancake Tuesday. What’s also to love about this café is that it offers gorgeous views of the Titanic Quarter.
Maggie Mays, Botanic Avenue
One of our favourite places for food in Belfast is Maggie Mays and they do pretty good pancake stacks.
Their pancake stack includes three traditional pancakes that can either be fried, toasted or buttered and comes with maple syrup. You can also choose two filling from bacon, egg, mushroom, sausage or beans. Sounds like delicious pancakes to us, better get down and try them!
Maggie Mays also offers all-day breakfasts, artisan coffees, custom made milkshakes and some of the best sweet treats in Belfast.
Harlem Café, Bedford Street
Last up on our guide to the best places to enjoy pancakes in Belfast is at Harlem Café. The famous red velvet pancake stake on their breakfast menu is a foodie lover’s dream. Totally irresistible and come with many great toppings.
Harlem Café is a worthwhile visit whether you are visiting for the amazing pancakes or not, the place offers a relaxed dining experience and unique surroundings.
Hope this guide will help you to fulfil all your pancake dreams in Belfast! If you have any other recommendation for places to enjoy pancakes in Belfast be sure to let us know!
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