In preparation for Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday 25 February, or as we all prefer to call it, Pancake Day, I’ve rounded up four of the best places to get flipping good pancakes in Reading. From American stacks to French crêpes, here are Reading’s top places to get battered this Pancake Day, or indeed any day of the year!
Pancakes are the centrepiece of the breakfast menu at this all-American BBQ joint. Choose from a huge list of toppings and get three light, fluffy USA-inspired discs served up diner style (on a plastic tray). You can order a simple pile dressed only in maple syrup, but my pick of the bunch is the Blueberry Stack (£5.95, including refill coffee) dripping in maple syrup and topped with a layer of sticky blueberry jam and a giant’s handful of shiny fresh blueberries.
But if you want to go the full hog, order the Pork Pancake Stack (£9.95). It’s layered with crispy bacon, sausage and pulled pork, and served with a shot glass of maple syrup.
Bluegrass, 15 Gun St, RG1 2JR. Breakfast pancakes served 8-11.45am daily. View website.
Richfields Deli & Grill
This indie cafe has long been a popular breakfast spot for Caversham residents and those who know to look past its unassuming exterior. They revamped their menu late last year, losing some of the burger and fries options and going almost all in on brunch: there’s now two pages of eggs Benedict, fry ups, breakfast burritos and more.
Their Silver Dollar Pancakes (£6.85) are four drop scones, not quite as thick and fluffy as the American ones at Bluegrass, but still just as tasty. That’s all drizzled in maple syrup and topped with a spoonful of natural yoghurt, blueberries and banana. On my recent visit service was on the slow side thanks to lots of takeaway orders at lunch time, but when my food arrived it was fresh and tasty.
Richfields Deli & Grill, 211 Caversham Rd, Reading RG1 8BB, open 7am-5pm Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday-Sunday. View website.
Riverside brasserie favourite Côte is the place to pick if you’re looking for a more traditional thin crêpe-style pancake. Their decadent Praline Crêpe (£6.25) is sugary but not sickly, folded up with chocolate and praline and topped with slices of caramelised banana and a big glob of Chantilly cream.
After something savoury? Their breakfast menu Crêpe Complète (£7.95) is a square buckwheat galette, filled with bacon, two oozy fried eggs and melty Gruyere cheese. A filling morning classic.
Côte, Unit 9, The Oracle Riverside, RG1 2AG. View website. Breakfast crepe served until midday, daily.
This Erleigh Road cafe is one of the few in Reading to serve up breakfast goodies all day, (outside of our greasy spoons, that is). It’s almost always packed with students, hospital staff coming off a night shift and people craving breakfast foods at 3pm. Their bacon and maple pancakes (£8.50) are the ideal combination. You get a stack of three drop pancakes topped with a slice of salty, streaky bacon with a pouring pot of sticky maple syrup. For the sweet-toothed, there’s also an oozy, gooey mixed berry and clotted cream duo (£8.50, pictured above).
Yolk, 44 Erleigh Rd, RG1 5NA. Open 8am-4pm, Monday to Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday. View website.
Hello! I'm Claire, the founding editor of Explore Reading. I'm a Reading native and former digital director of Time Out Shanghai. I founded Explore Reading so no one can say, ‘there’s nothing to do in Reading’, again. When not editing Explore Reading, I'm probably drinking a Manhattan.