Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, historically marks the beginning of Lent and was used to finish up all the ingredients, which would be forbidden in Lent such as milk, butter and eggs. This year it falls on Tuesday the 17th of February, so we thought it was high time we hunted out the best places to get pancakes in London. Sweet, savoury, American buttermilk or skinny crepes, there's a pancake for everyone in these eight great restaurants.
We love The Breakfast Club here at Movebubble, and with locations all over London you're never far from a good brunch. Their pancakes of choice are fat, fluffy and all-American and come with sweet and savoury toppings, including sausages, eggs, streaky bacon, maple syrup and berries. On February 17th they're even running a pancake eating challenge, with the proceeds going to charity.
Chez Lindsay in Richmond specialises in traditional Breton galettes, making it the perfect place to find these classic savoury pancakes. All sorts of toppings are on offer, such as ham, smoked salmon, seafood and various cheeses, and they're hosting an event on Pancake Day for children to make their own galettes.
The Diner are not know for doing things by halves, so naturally they've gone all out this Pancake Day with a selection of incredibly indulgent American pancakes. Red Velvet Pancakes, Jaffa Cake Pancakes, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Pancakes and Oreo Cookie Pancakes are all on the menu, along with the usual simple options such as bacon and maple syrup.
This chic Chelsea brasserie is more commonly known for serving high-end Modern British food, but few people realise their pancakes alone are worth making a visit for. Try a bite of these blueberry buttermilk pancakes with smokey streaky bacon and maple syrup and we think you'll agree!
This relaxed East London cafe has ingeniously combined two brilliant things - cocktails and crepes - to give diners the ultimate tasty experience. Both savoury galette pancakes and sweet dessert crepes are on offer with a wide range of toppings, so let your appetite run wild!
Inspired by American road trips, Stax Diner brings the US breakfast experience to London with a range of delicious breakfast and brunch foods. Their fluffy buttermilk pancakes are served with chocolate chips, roasted strawberries, wild blueberries, whipped cream and much more, and they even do a 'half-and-half' breakfast with both pancakes and a poached egg on an English muffin. If that's not enough, there's bottomless coffee and great value mimosas too!
Decorated with pattered tiles and 1930s lamps, the stylish Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia is a great place for a classy weekend breakfast. The menu may be full of rock oysters, salads and gourmet dishes such as lobster lasagne but they also make fantastic pancakes, served with berries, vanilla clotted cream and maple syrup. The healthy juices are also worth a try (or the decadent cocktails, depending on the time of day!)
Snowflake Gelato is one of our favourite ice cream places in London, so when we heard they'd started doing crepes and waffles too we couldn't wait to try them. These delicious desserts are served warm with award-winning gelato and sauces, with combinations including apple crumble, butterscotch and strawberry, and pistachio.
Address: 43 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UA
Phone: 020 7221 9549