The Best Pancake Places in North East England

Thanks to our writer Beth for this post. Prices and information last checked Feb 2023. Always check with venues direct for the most up-to-date menus and prices. These places are some of our personal recommendations for places to enjoy the best pancakes in the North East. 

The Best Pancake Places in North East England

Now that February is here, we can start looking forward to what is coming up this month. Pancake Day is enjoyed by many and provides the opportunity to show off our flipping skills (questionable) in the kitchen and get creative with toppings.

If, however, your pancake tossing skills aren’t quite up to scratch, you may want to treat yourself to a pancake made by the professionals. Here is a roundup of the best pancake places in north east England, for you to visit this pancake day. 

Pancake Day is on the 21st February, which for us falls in the February Half Term holidays. A great excuse to head out for breakfast if you ask me… 

The best pancake places in the north east:

Download a FREE map featuring the locations of all of the places mentioned in this post here or scroll to the bottom of this post to view and interactive map. 

Nelson’s at the Park - Swarland

A visit to Nelson’s is worth the drive up to Swarland in Northumberland. It is popular with couples, groups and families. They offer a menu serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, along with a great kid’s menu. 

The Best Pancake Places in North East England  - Nelsons at the Park Swarland

Nelson’s is just down the road for us; however, we started visiting for its family friendly vibe while our children are still young. There is a playpark directly outside the café, as well as outdoor seating, so it is the perfect place to enjoy a hot drink while the kids let off steam.

There are some lovely local walks nearby, which you can enjoy after fuelling up on pancakes. 

Head here for your pancakes if you are looking for a family friendly café and generous portion sizes. Their breakfast pancakes cost £8.95 and come with a choice of toppings:

  • Bacon and maple syrup.
  • Banana, pecan and Nutella sauce.
  • Yoghurt, honey and seasonal fruit (I would personally go for this one. Delicious, sweet and filling.) 

Head to the website to browse the full menu: and follow them on social media: 

Café 19 – Whitley Bay

You will enjoy this one for its gorgeous location on Whitley Bay’s promenade but also for their American Style pancakes.

Enjoy a breakfast whilst taking in the incredible sea views in a relaxed environment. Grab a window seat for the perfect place for people watching, while you browse the menu and try to decide which toppings to add to your pancakes. 

On the breakfast menu, which is served all day, you will find American Buttermilk Pancakes for just £7 (or £5 for a kids version). The topping choices are: 

  • Crispy bacon and maple syrup.
  • Caramelised banana and honey.
  • Berry compote and Chantilly Cream
  • Nutella and whipped cream. 

Having always gone sweet on my pancakes, I was dubious to try bacon, but it is actually delicious. The crispier the better! 

Check out the full menu on the website: and follow their Facebook page for exact location and dining inspiration:

La Petite Creperie – Pop Up 

La Petite Creperie Savoury Crepe
Credit : La Petite Creperie

Something a little bit different to your traditional, thick and fluffy pancakes but just as delicious. If you are a fan of crepes, then this is definitely one for you to try out. Crepes are the French pancakes and are thinner than the other pancakes you will find in this roundup. 

Aappearing at food stalls in the local market places, food markets and events, La Petite Creperie is French owned and run, bringing authentic French crepes to the North East. 

You can choose from sweet and savoury off the menu, but personally I would go for the salted butter caramel. They regularly offer GF and vegan options too. 

Follow their social media pages for updates of where they may be popping up.

Café Vault - Morpeth

Pancakes from Cafe Vault in Morpeth
Credit : Cafe Vault 

If you are in the Morpeth area, why not visit Café Vault for your pancake fix? The portion sizes are just the right size and the pancakes oh so fluffy. 

Café Vault is a chic cafe offering breakfasts, brunch and lunch, as well as evenings with tapas. 

I can’t find a menu online so recommend following their Facebook page for the latest menus and opening times: 

The café is located on Newgate Street and provides a cosy place to meet up with friends. 

The Boatyard Café  - Cullercoats

Another fantastic location and I love that you can fill up on breakfast then enjoy a bracing walk along the coast, drinking in the views of the magnificent north east. 

Strawberry and Chocolate Pancakes from the Boatyard Cullercoats
Credit : The Boatyard 

The Boatyard is an independent cafe on Cullercoats sea front serving coffee and brunch daily. They source their ingredients locally and make what they can from scratch. 

Whilst there is an impressive drinks menu, I want to direct your attention to their fluffy American style pancakes, which are on the brunch menu.

 For £7.50 you get a stack of American style pancakes served with a spiced berry compote and maple syrup. For an additional £2 you can add streaky bacon (yum) or for £1.50 you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream (yes please). 

Check out their website: 

Monsieur Crepe Café – High Heaton 

One of the top locations in the north east for Pancakes is Monsieur Crepe Café, located in Heaton. Their story is quite inspiring as they travelled through France and bought a crepe plate on a whim.

Pancakes from Monseiur Crepe in Heaton
Credit : Monsieur Crepe 

Next thing they know, they (Marc and Gary), turn up at a local market with a bag of flour and a jar of Nutella. From there Monsieur Crepe was born.

With generous portion sizes and a menu that is surely going to keep everyone happy, a visit here is a must this February. They have re-created the relaxed vibes of French cafes and work hard to bring a variety of toppings to their customers. 

The menu, as I mentioned, is pretty big, so I recommend visiting the website to have a browse: 

From sweet crepes (the Banoffee pie topping sounds amazing) to savoury gallettes, you will also find a kid’s menu so perfect for a half term trip out.  

Flat White Kitchen - Durham

A popular café for brunch meet ups and great coffee. But have you tried their pancakes before? Perhaps this could be your sign to visit… 

Flat White Durham Pancakes

Offering a full stack of delicious pancakes with a range of toppings, the Flat White Kitchen is housed in a beautifully renovated 17th Century townhouse in the heart of Durham city.

Their brunches are served until 3pm daily and it is off this menu you will find ricotta pancakes served with fresh fruit, maple syrup and cinder toffee butter.

Visit their website to help plan your visit: or follow their social media pages:  

Salt Water Café – Beadnell 

If you are wanting to head even further up the coast, why not visit the Salt Water Café in Beadnell. Part of the North East Collective, the Salt Water Café is open Tuesday to Sunday and offers an impressive menu offering breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as afternoon tea.  

Most importantly, they serve pancakes. 

Buttermilk pancakes can be found on the breakfast menu and are served from 8:30am to 11am. They come with smoked streaky bacon, maple syrup and butter for just £8. 

Visit the website to view the full menu and to book a table: and stay up to date with their latest news by following their social media pages:

Love Lily, Sunderland 

Love Lily Sunderland Pancakes
Credit : Love Lily Sunderland 

Love Lily have two cafes - one on Roker sea front and another new cafe at Herrington Park (next to the playground). 

THE place to go for themed pancakes with a crazy selection of toppings that will give you the ultimate sugar rush. During quieter periods, you can order to takeaway too. 

You can follow them on facebook here:

Fox & Finch, Whitley Bay

Fox and Finch Breakfast Pancakes Whitley Bay

Fox and Finch serve up beautiful buttermilk pancakes for brunch until 11:30am Mon-Sat and 12:30pm Sun. 

Toppings include Biscoff and Fresh Fruit (pictured and highly recommended), Nutella and Strawberries and the classic Bacon and Syrup. Dog friendly too. 

You can find their website here:

The Dispensary - Newcastle 

Pancakes from the Dispensory Newcastle
Credit : The Dispensary 

The place to go for ultimate pancakes in Newcastle with an interesting selection of toppings including changeable monthly specials (this months are Aero Chocolate Orange - yum). Famous for their flavour injections, pancakes are £10 for an adult portion or £6 for kids (half portion). 

Check out their website here:

Flore, Newcastle 

Dutch Mini Pancakes from Flore Newcastle
Credit:  Flore

If pretty interiors are your thing and you fancy something a little different, how about the Dutch baby pancakes at Flore Cafe in Newcastle. 

Dutch baby pancakes are a large sweet yorkshire pudding type dessert with various fillings. You can choose from Maple Bacon, Peach Melba or Mixed Berry for £10.25. 

Check out their website:

I hope you have fun exploring all these wonderful places to go for pancakes in the north east of England; perhaps it might inspire a day out and discovering somewhere new. If not, at least you will have eaten some of the best pancakes around and not be disappointed with a flat pancake that has missed the pan. 

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