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Vegan in Manchester: Pancake specials at Bill’s!

Vegan in Manchester: Pancake specials at Bill’s! Posted on 20/02/20204 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

My friends it is nearly time for one of the top three holidays of the whole year!! (Christmas and Halloween are the other two btw don’t pretend you don’t know.) That is PANCAKE DAY. A truly glorious weeknight indulgence of crispy-edged thin pancakes slathered in sugar and lemon juice and rolled up and inserted into my gob, one after another. Although for me pancake day must honour the thin and crispy crêpe style if at home, I am open to other types of pancake indulgence around this time of year. I was therefore THRILLED when Bill’s got in touch and asked if I’d like to go along to sample their upcoming pancake specials, and I obviously packed my best elasticated trousers and my knife and fork and bib and said Heck Yes Please.

I received this delicious dinner in exchange for writing a review on the blog, however, all the thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog post are 100% mine yo!

The specials at Bill’s are running from 21 February to 1 March and you can find your nearest Bill’s restaurant here! The interior of Manchester’s Spinningfields branch is fun and fancy, with a richly decorated interior and wallpaper with a print so delightful I want to make a dress from it immediately.

We were invited to make our choices from the temporary menu featuring the pancake specials. The choice was pretty easy as there was just one vegan savoury and one vegan sweet to choose from.

I also enjoyed an extremely delicious hedgerow fizz; elderflower cordial and prosecco, with a wee raspberry plopped in there for extra fizz. My friend Vicki enjoyed a couple of mocktails, of which there was also a pretty good selection. As you can see, the pancake choices were limited…. The roast tomato and black olive was truly delicious. I loved the generous chunks of juicy tomato, and the mild heat of the pesto. It was a little odd to be eating American-style fluffy pancakes with a savoury topping but it worked very well! We happily devoured a portion each.

Moving on to the sweet, we really only had one option available to us: the ‘classic’ lemon and sugar. We found these to be delicious too, especially with the wee boat of maple syrup on the side, but were slightly disappointed that there weren’t any alternatives involving the berries or the caramelised banana, or maybe a dark chocolate sauce.

That isn’t to say these pancakes weren’t extremely tasty, but we certainly would have been happy to see a few blueberries, or a little banana, on the side!

I also took a look at the regular menu while I was in Bill’s…..

The vegan offerings are rather sparse, it’s true, but Bill’s could be a great choice if you’re dining with a big ol’ bunch of omnivores (as we sometimes must do!) and want to take it to the slightly fancier Spinningfields area of the city centre. Considering that many eateries in Manchester are now offering multiple modern vegan options on their menus, including juicy burgers, it would be absolutely super to see a vegan burger on the menu, and a dessert that isn’t sorbet! Sometimes a falafel bowl just won’t do the job, yanno? Vegans need carbs too!

I can absolutely vouch for the pancakes though, and if you’re looking for a place to indulge in the Shrove Tuesday spirit with your vegan and non-vegan friends, Bill’s is absolutely a solid option. Also that wallpaper omg.

Find Bill’s online here:

Quick note to add that Bill’s seemed pretty family-friendly to this ageing spinster, with a kids’ menu and high chairs available to customers. It seemed a little less wheelchair-accessible/friendly as most of the seats were high, and the bar was high also. I would recommend asking a friend to scout it in advance if you have any access requirements, depending on how you get around.

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  1. I like pancakes A LOT. I’d have been very happy to eat both the savoury and sweet options. But American pancakes and savoury toppings just vibes me out a bit. Crepes, surely?! As for the main menu, didn’t Bill’s put a load of new things on for veganuary? Taking them off again one month later sounds like a bit of an error.

    1. That’s right, and it is a shame indeed, I hope they bring back some more exciting vegan options on the regular menu 🙁

      We were a bit skeptical about the savoury toppings on the American style pancakes but it was tasty. Oddly I think if I could have chosen crepe style for either, I would’ve chosen for the sugar and lemon!

    I just realised that this is the first year in forever when I am not working late on pancake Tuesday! I could make pancakes for dinner!!!

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