Food & DrinkFood newsThings to do in London

Where to get the best pancakes in London

9 February, 2016 — by Toni Ratcliff0

The Diner: Red Velvet Pancakes

Much like everyone else in the country we woke up this morning, looked at the calendar and shouted “HOLY SHIT IT’S PANCAKE DAY”, as if it’s an entirely unexpected occurrence that doesn’t happen this time every year (wait, does it happen at the same time every year? Ah who cares).

So begins the panicky hunt for ingredients that YES WE KNOW WE SHOULD have in the kitchen anyway, but we don’t because we’re a bit crap at life, and YES WE KNOW using up the two-year-old Betty Crocker instant pancake mix from the back of the cupboard technically goes against the ‘traditional’ point of Pancake Day (something to do with Jesus coming around to your house and demanding ALL your eggs and flour) but it’s not like we had any advance warning at all and this is the best we can do right now!!!

Surely there’s a better way?

Yes there is, my friends, yes there is… Go out and get a pancake made by a professional! (‘Professional’ in this case doesn’t just mean ‘having the right ingredients and being able to make a decent pancake’, it also means turning the humble pancake into a work of art).

Here’s our pick of the best…

The Diner: Red Velvet Pancakes, Reece’s Pieces Pancakes & the Oreo Cookie Stack!

Our foodie faves The Diner are offering five different variations to pancake fans this week. As well as their menu regulars, Red Velvet Pancakes with cream cheese frosting and berries (above) and a Spiced Apple Donut Stack with a pistachio glaze, they also have three other drool-worthy options: Sweet Potato, Bacon and Guacamole (for savoury types), the Oreo Cookie Stack with marshmallow fluff cream, AND a Reece’s Pieces Pancake with peanut ice cream… I think my heart just stopped.

These pancake specials will be available every day from the 9th-12th February at all Diner locations. A couple of the venues are fully booked already so do call ahead for reservations, but they will be taking walk-ins on the day too.

The Diner: Reeces Pieces Pancakes

The Diner:

The Breakfast Club: Banoffee Pie Pancakes & The Pancake challenge!

Obviously I could depend on The Breakfast Club to be pretty useful on Pancake Day. I mean, the clue is in the name; they serve breakfast for a living. But on top of their usual offering (pancakes with maple syrup, eggs, bacon etc) they’re also serving some limited edition specials from the 8th-14th of February as well. Look out for Cinnamon Bun, Banoffee Pie, Lemon Meringue and even Chorizo & Sweetcorn Salsa pancakes. Boom!

And if that wasn’t enough they will also be running the Breakfast Club Pancake Challenge again this year. The task: eat a stack of 12 pancakes in 12 minutes or less and you’ll win your pancakes on the house. Hooray! If you lose you’ll have pay, but all profits will be donated to London charities. Hooray! Everyone’s a winner (especially you because you got to eat all of those pancakes). The BC Pancake Challenge runs all day on Tuesday 9th Feb and there’s no need to book, just turn up and stuff your face.

The Breakfast Club: Banoffee Pancakes

The Breakfast Club:

Foxlow: Pancakes for Charity, Magic Breakfast

The lovely people at Foxlow are clearly not content with just serving up delicious steaks, chicken and other Anglo-American treats, but they have big old hearts too! On Tuesday 9th February from 8am-5pm they will be serving British style pancakes across all four of their branches with a choice of three fillings: classic lemon and sugar, Montecristo (ham, cheese and maple syrup) and bourbon caramel with soft serve ice cream. You can also get juice and unlimited tea or coffee all for £8. And the best bit? All of the proceeds will go to their new favourite charity, Magic Breakfast, who ensure that all schoolchildren start the day well-fed. Aren’t they nice?

Foxlow: Magic Breakfast Pancakes


Shutterbug: Gluten free savoury buckwheat pancakes!

I have to admit that Shutterbug is a bit of a new one on me, but I have no problem including them in this list because daaamn do their pancakes sound tasty! First of all they are one of the only restaurants I have found who will be serving genuinely delicious-sounding savoury pancakes: Goat’s Cheese, Spinach and Fig Relish, or Sautéed Mushrooms, Truffle Oil and Vintage Cheddar to name a few. Secondly, their pancakes are made with buckwheat, which means that they’re wheat and gluten free too. Amazing! They will also be serving some sweet pancakes, such as their Nutella and banana combo, if you want to maintain your strict Shrove Tuesday sugar diet.

They don’t take bookings so it’s a first come, first served situation. But they do offer takeaways if you can’t be bothered to queue.

Shutterbug: Maple syrup and pecan crunch


My Old Dutch: Just pancakes innit

I may just be including them to make up the numbers, but My Old Dutch definitely do sell pancakes, and have done since 1958. (I still have no idea where the name comes from). They have a whole menu of sweet and savoury pancakes and all of them can be made gluten free too! They don’t take bookings on Pancake Day so make sure you get there early if you want a table. The queue tends to go around the block.

My Old Dutch: Butterscotch Pancakes topped with Walnut, Bananas, Maple Syrup

My Old Dutch:

See you next year!

Still hungry? Here’s the rest of our London food news round-ups, including this pizza and burger hybrid.

Where to get the best pancakes in London
Where to get the best pancakes in London
HOLY SHIT IT’S PANCAKE DAY! Rather than faff around making your own, here are our pick of the best pancakes in London. Jesus would have wanted it that way.
Brought to you by:
Methods Unsound

Leave a Reply