Get those frying pans at the ready…Pancake Day is fast approaching. Shrove Tuesday, as it’s formally known, takes place 47 days before Easter Monday and this year, 2018, falls on 13 February.
From traditional fluffy pancakes draped in berries and drizzled in syrup, to breakfast feasts that feature sausages, eggs and even roast potatoes, we've rounded up our top 7 pancake parlours to make your Pancake Day the flippin' best.
Best places to eat pancakes in London
Where the pancakes are, Southwark, London
The not-so-traditional pancake house, ‘Where the pancakes are’, and condiment connoisseurs ‘Rubies in the Rubble’ are joining forces in London this year to fight against food waste. They are going back to the roots of how Shrove Tuesday came about, using up ingredients before lent begins. They’ll be serving up two scrumptious pancakes, The Thoughtful Blueberry and The Thoughtful Banana, both created using excess produce.
Not tempted yet? Last year the pancake parlour’s Dutch Baby pancake came in at number 43 out of the 100 best dishes in London as voted by Timeout London.
The Breakfast Club, London, Brighton and Oxford
Last year, The Breakfast Club served over 928,000 pancakes…if you stack ‘em up, that’s the equivalent of 30 London Shard buildings. They must be flippin’ tasty. The Breakfast Club offers their infamous pancakes with a range of choices, even with sausage, egg and their home-style fried potatoes. If you fancy something a little sweeter, try their ‘Salted Caramel Banoffee Pancakes’. If you want to visit one of these ‘cafs’ there are several situated across London. Don’t worry, you won’t miss out if you’re outside of the big city, you can find the ‘cafs’ in Oxford and Brighton as well.
My Old Dutch Pancake House, Kensington, Holborn & Chelsea
If you love cheap and cheerful, My Old Dutch Pancake House is the place for you. They have been serving up delicious pancakes in London since 1958, so we think it’s safe to say they’re pancake-pros. So, whether you’re a sweet or savoury kind of person, you won’t be stuck for choice at this friendly and relaxed parlour. Why not pop in and try their ‘Hot Dutch’? It consists of pepperoni, chorizo, cheese, red chillies and tomato sauce all piled on top of fluffy pancakes. You can find My Old Dutch in London’s Kensington, Holborn and Chelsea.
Best places to eat pancakes in Northern England
The Greedy Pig Kitchen, Leeds
The Greedy Pig Kitchen in Leeds is sure to satisfy those with a sweet or savoury tooth. The menu includes fluffy pancakes accompanied by the delicious suspects of bacon and maple syrup, but also features an unusual topping of…chicken?! We know, chicken is new to us too.
Moose Coffee, Manchester and Liverpool
Moose Coffee was founded back in 2006 through the owner’s love of American breakfast and brunch culture. Step inside one of these laid-back diners and experience American and Canadian attitude at its best through their delicious breakfasts. You can now find them sprinkled across Liverpool and Manchester, with each cafes unique location being complimented by its décor. Come hungry as you won’t be disappointed with the choice on this authentic menu, whether it’s ‘Cabouse’, Moose Coffee’s homemade cheese pancakes, or buttermilk pancakes for those in need of a sugar fix.
Best places to eat pancakes in Wales
Coco Gelato, Cardiff
We can almost guarantee you’re not going to be stuck for choice at this sweetie heaven. Get your sweet-fix with ‘Flippin Oatalicious’, or try ‘The Spoilt Ambassador’: a Ferrero Rocher-inspired delight -Don’t worry those of you who prefer a savoury number, we’ve gotcha back. Coco Gelato offer a range of savoury choices from ‘It ain’t easy being cheesy’ to their ‘The Maharaja’ which is filled with chicken tikka and melted cheese.
Best places to eat pancakes in Scotland
Café Strange Brew, Glasgow
Café Strange Brew in Shawlands, Glasgow, is an independent Take a look on their Instagram where you can scroll through all the delicious dishes they offer, including some inventive pancakes including their signature pear, cardamom and saffron pancakes or their rhubarb crumble and custard. Sounds fancy, eh?! The funky café is dog-friendly, so we’ve got our paws crossed that they’ll be serving up dog-friendly pancakes this Pancake Day!
Make your own pancakes
If you consider yourself a chef and want to indulge in pancakes in the comfort of your own home, take a look at this delicious recipe. For good measure, we’ve listed some of our favourite toppings too:
- Lemon and sugar
- Nutella and banana/strawberry
- Bacon and maple syrup
- Berry Compote
If you don’t fancy indulging in pancakes, why not head to the Houses of Parliament in London to watch the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race? You can watch MP’s and other political correspondents battle it out to see who the fastest pancake tosser is.
Or if you want to show your pancake skills to the city why not enter into one of the many pancake races taking place in London. Some of them you even get a free pancake after…