Main image: Bluegrass BBQ
In preparation for Shrove Tuesday, or as we prefer to call it, Pancake Day, Explore Reading round up three 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!
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.
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 pancakes and bacon (£7.95) is the ideal combination. You get a long plate of three drop pancakes fanned out, not stacked, each topped with a slice of salty, streaky bacon with a pouring pot of sticky maple syrup. For the sweet-toothed, there’s also a banana and salted caramel duo.