It’s that time of year again when the shops are stacking their shelves high with boxes of eggs, sacks of flour and jars of Canadian liquid gold, also known as Maple Syrup! With that in mind, we were asked by London broadband provider, Relish, to scope out London’s top pancake eating hotspots ahead of Pancake Day 2016.
We’ve highlighted some of the best from all across the capital, from the more refined serves to the down right dirty! In no particular order, let’s take a look at these pan-tastic locations!
First up is that old favourite that never fails to disappoint, The Diner! Starting on Shrove Tuesday, these guys will be on a four day flipping spree with five incredible options for you to sample. Among the menu are their famous Red Velvet Pancakes, Reece’s Pieces Pancakes with Peanut Ice Cream and also the Spiced Apple Donut Stack with Pistachio Glaze. If you’re not feeling the sugar-fix though there will be a super savoury option in the form of Sweet Potato, Bacon and Guacamole. However, for us, it has to be the Oreo Cookie Stack with Marshmallow Fluff Cream.
A short walk from Balham station, you’ll find Milk, owned by Julian Porter and Lauren Johns, who also run Clapham Common’s all-day café, Fields. First opened in 2012 (then known as M1LK) it rose to fame quickly before recently being closed for refurbishment, which saw it expand to twice its size! What you’ll find inside though, are their famous light and airy Buckwheat Pancakes, paired with an array of high quality ingredients, such as Baked Fig with Hazelnut Pie Crumb, Fig Leaf Cream & Muscat Jelly or Applewood Smoked Pineapple, Brown Bread Panacotta, Coconut & Burnt Caramel.
If you’re South of the river, this one’s a must!
Every year, someone comes up with a new crazy creation to trump the other establishments on Pancake Day. This year, Mac & Wild have stuck to their roots and created a very special Scottish delicacy that will have you shouting ‘och aye’ from the rooftops, the Battered Mars Bar Pancake!
Certainly one for those who like a filthier feed, the delicious dish will consist of a crépe filled with luxurious chocolate ganache and gooey caramel. The pancake is then battered and deep-fried to create a hot and crispy outer layer, containing that gorgeous ganache and caramel deep within!
Head on down to Great Titchfield Street – in the heart of London’s West End – where you can find Mac & Wild in residence at The Wild Game Co. for a more unusual Highland fling!
A London brunch institution, Granger & Co. is the perfect spot for more refined dining. Bill Granger’s Ricotta Hotcakes, Banana & Honeycomb Butter are legendary in the London food scene and probably rival that of the Breakfast Club for the most-papped pancakes in the capital, as Instasnappers will queue around the block for these in Notting Hill.
Top tip? Head to their Clerkenwell establishment for minimal queues and maximum feed time!
Winner of OpenTable’s “Diner’s Choice 2015″ we’re certain you won’t be disappointed with Shoreditch-based Merchants Tavern. Located in a Victorian warehouse and former apothecary, Merchants Tavern serves Modern European cuisine with a seasonal focus and Pancake Day is setting up to be a real treat with the announcement of their Crepe Suzette, created with Caramelised Orange, Grand Marnier, Vanilla Ice Cream on a delicious and delicate crepe!
So if you fancy a bit of theatre with your food, head to Merchants Tavern where they flambé instead of flip!
So there you have it, our top tips for a flipping good Pancake Day! Be sure to let us know where you end up and keep your eyes peeled for more of our February Feasting hotspots with Relish!