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A Guide to the Best Pancakes in Bristol

10 February 2018 | Stephanie Brandhuber

Good news everybody! As we transition from the gloomy post-holiday month of January and into the shortest month of the year, there’s finally something for all of us to look forward to: Pancake Day! From flat and fluffy US style short stacks, to traditional wafer-thin French crepes, we’re here to bring you the best spots in Bristol to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Flip, flip, hooray!

Crepe and Coffee Cabin
What once used to be the Bridge Master’s toll house is now a tiny cafe on Prince Street and one of the best places in Bristol to grab yourself a delicious crepe. Calling itself “The World's Smallest Coffee Cabin,” Crepe and Coffee Cabin might not look like much from the outside, but it’s one of the city’s favourite destinations for sweet treats. This waterfront establishment does a cracking coffee, and its wafer thin pancakes are mouth-wateringly delicious. Crepe and Coffee Cabin offers both sweet and savoury options for their crepes, and has become a firm favourite with Bristolians and tourists alike.

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Crepe and Coffee Cabin is located on Prince St, Bristol BS1 4QA.
Rocotillos is definitely one of Bristol’s most prized institutions and offers American nostalgia at its finest. The beloved restaurant, which recently opened a second branch on Gloucester Road, has been open for over twenty years and yet, its popularity is still unwavering. Known best for its ridiculously thick milkshakes and mega-breakfasts, Rocotillos has gained a loyal pancake following, and it’s hard to beat the quality and portion sizes this diner offers. If you’re looking for an American touch to your Pancake Day, there’s no better place to go. Nothing says Stateside quite like a short stack of moreish, fluffy pancakes, and you’ll feel like you’re right at the heart of the USA as you munch down on your mammoth breakfast while enjoying the throwback vibe of Rocotillos’ decor.

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Rocotillos is located at 1 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1EZ and 217A Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8NN.
At The Well
For a quirkier Pancake Day, head to At The Well in Bristol’s hipster neighbourhood Stokes Croft. This laundromat/cafe may not seem like the most obvious breakfast destination, but we’re here to tell you this oddball cafe has some of the best pancakes in town. And don’t worry; you don’t have to bring a load of washing to get your brunch on. Spectacular mounds of pancakes dripping with maple syrup, blueberries, and bacon have put this launderette eatery on the map, and the friendly service is a welcome bonus. At the Well is truly a hub of inclusivity and community and nothing quite beats the experience of tucking into their scrumptious stacks of pancakes against the surprisingly soothing hum of their washing machines.

Image Credit: At the Well / via Facebook
At the Well is located at 145 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5RR.
Blue Pig Cafe
If standard pancakes just aren’t going to cut it for you this year, head over to Blue Pig Cafe, an English caf’ with a Russian twist. This family-run restaurant is known by locals for having some of the most unbelievable pancakes in town, and the Russian recipe is closely guarded by the establishment's owners. Russian pancakes are a little thicker than French crepes, but just as wide, and you can enjoy them with either sweet or savoury toppings. Blue Pig Cafe is truly the place to go for warm, comforting, home-cooked food, and it provides a great opportunity to step out of your usual culinary comfort zone.

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Blue Pig Cafe is located at 33 Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4UA.
Bakers and Co.
This Gloucester Roach brunch time haunt is the perfect spot to unwind over a delicious stack of pancakes, as all their produce is sourced locally and made from scratch. Both Bakers and Co.’s vibe and menu are inspired by the vibrant farm-to-table foodie scene in San Francisco, which accounts for the laid-back atmosphere and delicious delicacies the restaurant has on offer. Indulge yourself in a stack of pancakes laden with rhubarb, crème fraîche, toasted pecans and maple syrup, or if you’re more in the mood for something savoury, don’t miss their pancakes topped with artichokes, avocado and scrambled eggs. This bright and breezy slice of the West Coast in the heart of Bristol is sure to inspire you with its imaginative menu and upbeat service. Perfect for Pancake Day we say!

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Bakers and Co. is located at 193 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8BG.

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