Sunday, 13 March 2016

Breakfast at the Dutch Pancake House, North Wales

A recent visit home to Wales resulted in my friend and I getting lost in the foothills of Snowdonia trying to find our way to the Dutch Pancake House in Conwy. If you try and make this journey yourself, rest assured, it's really easy, just don't take the back-roads like my friend did if you're starving and also suffering after too many cups of tea. But the plus side of this oh-so bumpy journey was trying to make friends with a cute little mountain pony and spotting lambs gambolling over the green fields, which was enough to distract me from the pain in my bladder for a good 30-seconds or so.

We finally arrived, and after hurrying back from the (very nice and clean) bathrooms, we settled down with our menus and took a look at our surroundings. This cafe has been around for many years, serving its famous pancakes, and I couldn't believe how I hadn't been taken here as a child. The family-friendly restaurant is decked out in Dutch paraphernalia, with Delft Blue plates, Vincent Van Gogh prints and cloggs adorning the walls - as well as a strangely-placed fish tank in the centre of the room.

After warming up with a cappuccino, we chose our pancakes - one cheese, bacon, leek, mushroom and egg, and one special pancake, folded over with a creamy leek filling. Well, we were in Wales.

A Dutch pancake - not to be confused with a Dutch baby pancake - look like a crepe, but are ever-so-slightly thicker making them more structurally sound when housing their generous fillings and also more satisfying than a paper-thin crepe pancake. Both pancakes were divine, the first was like a pancake pizza, with crispy bacon, while my fold-over was more like a comforting deconstructed cannelloni, perfect for warming you up on a dull Welsh Sunday.

After our first course, we then glanced at each other across the large pine table and both, quickly and shamefully, ordered our dessert pancakes - one lemon and sugar and one cherry special with cream and ice cream, both dusted with icing sugar.

The Dutch Pancake House is situated in the grounds of Conwy Water Gardens. So after a pancake (or in our case two), I heartedly advise to take a stroll and be at one with the Welsh countryside. Not only will you fall in love with the nature reserve, it will help you work off that double-helping of pancakes. Just be warned - the Aquatic Centre sells bird feed, so be prepared for the chickens and ducks to chase you around expecting treats. We made quite a few friends that day, come to think of it.

Uh oh, no feed. We'd better make some friends

Why, hello there Mister Cockerel

Bottoms up
After those pancakes, you and me both!
So calm and peaceful until Mr Cockerel starts up again 


Dutch Pancake House - Conwy Water Gardens
Glyn Isa
North Wales LL32 8TP
01492 651063