Last November Banbury, on the outskirts of the Cotswolds in Oxfordshire, received its own little piece of the Netherlands, with Ilja and team opening up the ‘Little Amsterdam Dutch Pancake House’. We headed there for our Saturday brunch this weekend.
Dutch pancakes or Pannenkoek are slightly different to the French crepe or the American stack of flapjacks. The size of a dinner plate, these pancakes are slightly thicker than a crepe and made with buckwheat, making them more filling. As Ilja explains in the menu blurb, Dutch pancakes are as common in the Netherlands as Fish ‘n’ chips are in the UK. We tucked into bacon, apple and raisin pancakes (a traditional combo) which had our taste buds tingling even from the menu description.
Ilja, herself, heralds from Haarlem (or Little Amsterdam), and Pancake house has just enough of the Dutch Kitsch, like the blue and white tiles, before straying across the tacky border. Visitors to the more well-known ‘My Old Dutch’ in London will know what to expect. And with a steady stream of hungry punters the cafe has more life than many eateries in town.
Of course, no trip to a Dutch pancake house is complete with a good dollop of stroop (pronounced strope), a type of treacle syrup, across your pancake, savoury or sweet! We will certainly be heading back – I quite fancy trying one of those Dutch doughnuts…
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