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Stack ’em up: 5 venues to indulge in lip-smackingly good pancakes in Inverness

One of the pancake stacks at Wild Pancakes.
One of the pancake stacks at Wild Pancakes.

Whether you like them sweet or savoury, fluffy or thin, there’s something about pancakes that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Buttermilk pancakes have grown in popularity over the years, but there’s always a place in my heart for those crepe-style ones that go perfectly with a dusting of icing sugar and a drizzle of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

In Inverness there are plenty of places to go for breakfast and brunch, however, when it comes to pancakes, these are a little harder to track down.

So instead of you ploughing through Google, I’ve rounded up some of my and my friends’ favourite places to go in the Highland capital. I hope you enjoy!


Wild Pancakes

If you are looking for big, thick pancakes stacked high, then Wild Pancakes is the place to go.

With a menu featuring everything from chocolate and orange, banoffee, cinnamon swirl, peanut butter and jam, maple syrup and bacon and more, there’s plenty of choice which can only mean you have to visit multiple times.

They also serve up sweet crepes in a whole host of flavours, and there’s also savoury ones for those who don’t have a sweet tooth.

With options including cold smoked salmon and creme fraiche cheese, organic chicken, pepper and onion and cheese and ham or onion, you won’t be strapped for inspiration.

Address: 88 Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EP


The Rendezvous Cafe

Another Church Street venue, The Rendezvous Cafe is an excellent spot to grab a plate of pancakes.

While the vintage cinema cafe doesn’t have a huge offering when it comes to the stacked favourite, they offer them with Nutella, seasonal berries, banana, bacon and maple syrup.

This venue was once the home of the Northern Meeting in the late 1700s and hosted many a social occasion including dances and more. The Beatles or ‘The Silver Beetles’ as they were known at the time, played the venue in May 1960 on their first ever tour as a support act.

Address: 14A Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EA


Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop

This social enterprise has been running in Inverness since 2011.

The vegetarian cafe also boasts a bicycle workshop and has sustainability and wellbeing at its heart.

Their vegan pancakes are popular with customers and come in two flavours. The first is peanut butter with miso caramelised banana, crushed nuts and chocolate chips, nd the second features a berry compote with berries, seeds and syrup.

For those who love French toast, you’ll find that on the menu, too.

Address: 1 Crown Avenue, Inverness IV2 3NF

Serving bright fruity pancakes till 3pm 🌸

Posted by Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop on Thursday, 27 January 2022


Whisk Away

Fancy a spot of breakfast while browsing the shelves of a gift shop? Then look no further than Whisk Away on Baron Taylor’s Street.

Offering a range of breakfast and brunch menu items, including vegan delicacies too, customers can eat-in or take away if they please.

From a berry stack to maple syrup and bacon, not to mention the odd pancake platter which is launched for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day and more, there’s always pancakes on the menu here giving you a flipping good excuse to pay a visit.

Don’t forget to pick up some baked goods on the way out…

Address: 4 Baron Taylor’s Street, Inverness IV1 1QL


Girvans

Located in the city centre, this restaurant and patisserie is considered an Inverness institution having opened in July 1991.

Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, there’s two variations of pancakes available here – one with maple syrup and fresh berries, and the other with bacon and maple syrup.

There’s also an ever-changing selection of cakes and sweet treats in their cake counter so be sure to check that out before you leave.

Address:  2-4 Stephens Brae, Inverness IV2 3JN


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