Now I am aware that Pancake day only happens once a year (sob), but I fancied joining the pancake party a little early this year and trying out a local pancake shop. That’s right, not a breakfast place that has a fair few pancakes on it’s menu but a restaurant that sells nothing but savoury and sweet pancakes. Perfect! So welcome to Hanky Panky Pancakes!
Ignoring the tongue and cheek name that makes me want to comment “oo-er” at every available opportunity, this place is an amazing little spot: great music, a large selection of drinks and a vast variety of pancakes to suit everyone’s tastes, it’s got you covered for any meal of the day, or you know all your meals (because lets be fair pancakes are that fabulous). The open air kitchen lets you be nosey at the chef making your pancakes if you so wish or you can just sit back, nose at the pictures on the wall and listen to the great choice of music while the smell of pancakes fills the air (I’m drooling now just thinking about it). The menu is split into four different areas:
Breakfast– American style pancakes topped with bacon (or eggs if you’re a veggie) and maple syrup;
Savoury– Buckwheat crêpes filled with a variety of cheeses, eggs, hams and even salmon which come presented beautifully and smell divine.
Sweet– A variety of sweet American style pancakes with filling from peaches to Nutella and more.
Build your own Stack– You pick either 1,2 or 3 American style pancakes and then you have the choice of one topping (marshmallows, Reese’s pieces, chocolate chips and a huge variety of fruit to name a few), one scoop of ice cream or sorbet; all sourced from a local farm and then one sauce.
Starting at the top he decided on a savoury option with a local cheddar and ham and I decided to naturally build my own stack that included blueberries, white chocolate and passionfruit ice cream and white chocolate sauce. To wash all that down we had a pot of Breakfast tea and a cherry cola, which smelt exactly like the cherry cola bottles I used to eat as a child. The pot of tea was absolutely huge and warmed me up on what was a chilly day in Chester, then the main event appeared and man it did not disappoint!
Just look at those pancakes! I’ve been assured that the savoury one was lovely and light but very tasty and it looked like the perfect ratio of ham to cheese and buckwheat pancake goodness, I say look because I was far too busy demolishing the beauty of this pancake stack that sat before me.
I can safely say that I have never eaten a pancake that was as light and fluffy as the ones I ate at Hanky Panky before (and I’ve had American pancakes in America!) there was a taste of icing sugar to the pancakes and I have a sneaky suspicion that that may be one of the main ingredients in the batter, but I’m no chef and am probably very wrong!
There were blueberries in-between each layer along with a little of the sauce so in every bite I got the every flavour, so you really do get everything you ask for!It was also the first time that I’d ever eaten ice cream with a knife and fork- and I wasn’t really sure that that would ever happen!
If you fancy visiting Hanky Panky yourself you need to get yourself to 20 Commonhall Street in Chester (it’s the street that’s opposite the York Roast and £ Bakery!) but you might have to wait a little on the weekend, any wait is worth it and you might even befriend all the other pancake loving souls waiting to get their mits on some of the goodness that is inside the doors; we visited in the week and found we could walk straight in and grab a table so if you can visit out of ‘peak’ time and you wont find yourself waiting/ drooling on the person in-front of you (because that might be a little awkward).
If you want to learn more you can find them on Facebook here and on Twitter here. But if you ever find yourself in Chester this little place should be straight to the top of your must visit list, because it’s that flippin’ brilliant! (I couldn’t not mention a pancake related pun now could I?)