From blueberries to bacon, get your sweet (or savoury) fix this Pancake Day in London with Absolutely’s round-up up of the city’s best stacks…
Words Joy Montgomery
Our top picks for Pancake Day in London
Located in Artist Resident’s Pimlico hotel, The Cambridge Street Kitchen is Team Absolutely’s go-to for the ultimate stack of pancakes. Served with either berries and yoghurt or bacon and maple syrup, these babies are super fluffy, with just the right of caramelisation on the edges. Heaven.
Breakfast big dogs The Breakfast Club have pulled out all the stops this year to create a limited edition pancake menu. Highlights include a Bulleit whiskey infused Bourbon pulled pork pancake stack, the Eton mess tour de force with Meringue Girls, Vegan delights with Cupcakes and Shhht and Fried chicken triumphs with Coqfighter. Also, don’t forget to check out the annual Pancake Challenge. Eat a stack of 12 pancakes in 12 minutes or less, and if you win it’s on The Breakfast Club, if you lose you’ll pay full price and they’ll donate all profits to charity.
Deliciously Ella is the ideal place for those looking for a stack that won’t pile on the pounds this Pancake Day in London. Here they will be serving up made-to-order ‘live’ pancakes with a combination of four enticing toppings throughout the day on 13th February. All are vegan-friendly and gluten free. These will include a Classic [Lemon juice & coconut sugar] priced at £4.50, Chocolate [Warm chocolate sauce, sliced bananas & chopped hazelnuts], American [Peanut butter & raspberry chia jam with maple syrup] and Caramel [Salted caramel CoYo with chopped pecans & chocolate chips], all priced at £5.50.
ASK FOR JANICE
Hip restaurant and bar Ask For Janice has created a menu of delicious savoury pancakes for pancake day, including the fresh and zingy Crab with avocado chilli, lime and coriander. For those looking to indulge their sweet tooth, AFJ’s menu also features a sweet stack of buttermilk pancakes with Westcombe ricotta, berries and rapeseed honey. Grab a window seat under the leafy canopy of hanging pot plants and watch the bustle of Smithfield Market go by.
WHERE THE PANCAKES ARE
A restaurant, a pop-up, three-legged pancake races, a collaboration with Rubies in the Rubble and lots and lots and lots of pancakes. Where the Pancakes Are certainly know how to do pancake day in style. The pop-up will take place in Après, the super cosy chalet just 30 seconds from the restaurant.
To coincide with pancake day, Dirty Bones are launching a new brunch menu (available at Dirty Bones Kensington and Shoreditch on Saturdays and Sundays) this February that includes the Double Dutch pancake – a signature deep dish pancake topped with fresh clotted cream, blueberries and a shot of maple syrup. Come to mama.
Situated within the stylish Blakes Hotel in South Kensington, Blakes restaurant offers a range of dishes from breakfast through to dinner. The light, fluffy pancakes comes with mixed berries or with bacon, and come dressed in maple syrup, hitting the spot whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savoury. The pancake can also be made gluten-free.
This Pancake Day, Berners Tavern, the contemporary British restaurant, will prepare guests for Lent by whipping up a pancake stack topped with bananas, Nutella and chopped hazelnuts. Not for the faint-hearted, the Berners take on the French classic is available exclusively on 13th of February.
Cocktail lovers, this one’s for you. Pancake Day is getting a makeover at Bill’s Restaurants in 2018. From 6th to 13th February, Bill’s Restaurants will be celebrating ‘Glamcake Day’ with a new sophisticated pancake menu inspired by classic cocktails. The new menu includes two pancake dishes inspired by Bill’s cocktail menu, alongside two non-alcoholic recipes with classic toppings for the traditionalists.