Focus on...Go Dutch Pancake House
Go Dutch Pancake House is a fully licensed restaurant offering a wide choice of delicious savoury and sweet pancakes to suit any time of the day or occasion. They also have a selection of other dishes, ranging from soups to steaks. The licensed bar offers a continental beer list, which are all served in their own unique glasses.
Rated 23 out of the 520 restaurants in Hull, it is a popular spot with young and old alike – catering for children with a teddy bear shaped pancake, juice and ice cream. It has been extremely well reviewed with positive feedback and many return visitors, who bring their friends with them to try it too.
Nick Wright, who owns Go Dutch Pancake House on Paragon Square, said: “People might think we are a bit expensive, but if you look at our toppings you see that it is a proper meal, not just a pancake. We give good portions of chicken etc.”
The idea for a Pancake House came about when Nick was looking for somewhere to take his family for lunch. They travelled across to Holland every couple of years on family holidays and there were three or four pancake houses in the area, which his kids loved. So, fed up with going to the local pub, Nick thought about how great it would be if there were a Pancake House in Hull.
Having worked in IT for the police for 12 years, he was offered voluntary redundancy, and he took it, deciding to make his dream into a reality. Funds from the redundancy package as well as his personal savings gave him enough to get started.
“I was determined and excited to do it,” Nick said. “I did lots of research and saw a story of a Canadian woman who had done the same thing, so I got in touch with her and she put me in contact with a Dutch chef who specialised in what I wanted to do. I went to Amsterdam to meet him and we went from there.”
All Go Dutch Pancake House ingredients are authentic, with Nick going across to Holland on the ferry every five weeks to stock up on the special Pannenkoek flour which he uses for his pancakes, as well as a variety of sweets, sprinkles, toppings and drinks.
The cooking equipment is also from Holland, and Nick even had to find a special range cooker which was large enough to cook two 12” frying pans at the same time.
Go Dutch Pancake House opened, appropriately, on Pancake Day 2014. This year’s Pancake Day saw them cook 494 pancakes, and they were packed throughout the day. Although predominantly a daytime restaurant, Nick is keen to cater for the teatime crowd too, staying open until 7pm most nights, and to 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
With plain 12” pancakes starting at £3.45 you can choose a variety of meat, cheese, vegetable, fruit and spreadable toppings. Or, why not go for one of the savoury specials, including Go Smokey (marinated pulled pork served with a smokey BBQ sauce, Dutch apple mousse and crispy shredded potatoes), Go Elegant (freshly poached salmon with wild mushrooms, spinach and white wine sauce) or house special Go Dutch (bacon, oregano, onions and gouda cheese, topped with crispy shredded potatoes). But, make sure you leave enough room for dessert, with temptations such as Go Toffee Apple (apple slices, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles – Hagelslag - and sticky toffee sauce) or Go Raspberries (raspberries, white chocolate drops, white chocolate mousse and raspberry puree).
You may need something to wash it all down. One of the beers which Go Dutch Pancake House sells is Trappe, which is a beer from a Dutch monastery and is extremely popular both here and over the North Sea. Plus, they have a good selection of Belgian beers to tickle your tastebuds.
Soft drinks include a delicious Dutch syrupy cordial, which has more flavour than its British counterparts, and comes in blackcurrant, forest fruits, strawberry, apple and blackcurrant, and lemon. They are well worth a try!
Whether you are with friends, family or colleagues, pop into Go Dutch Pancake House and bring Holland to Hull.
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Focus on...Go Dutch Pancake House
Go Dutch Pancake House is a fully licensed restaurant offering a wide choice of delicious savoury and sweet pancakes to suit any time of the day or occasion.