Pancake Day has well and truly crêped up on us this year – last year, it landed on 5 March, but this year, hear we are, ready to flip out on 25 February…
Lead image: Dirty Bones
Luckily, London’s top restaurants and brunch spots are more than ready, with a sweet and savoury offering that includes everything from fluffy stacks topped with lobster thermidor and cookies n’ cream to bangers and mash (not all at the same time, thankfully).
To celebrate this oh-so special day, The Resident has asked the team at DesignMyNight to round up the venues that are going bigger and batter than ever before this Shrove Tuesday…
1 Dirty Bones, Soho
The king of New York-inspired cuisine, Dirty Bones is inviting Londoners to get stuck in to Shrove Tuesday with their Pimp Your Pancakes offering. Taking a DIY approach, diners will be able to personalise their buttermilk stack with a range of sweet sauces, fresh fruit and crispy fried chicken. They’re around for just one day only at their Kensington, Soho, Carnaby and Shoreditch venues, so we say go hard or go home.
14 Denman Street, Soho W1D 7HJ; designmynight.com
One of the few London spots dedicated entirely to all things fluffy and flippable, Where The Pancakes Are will be going out all guns blazing this Shrove Tuesday. With over 15 varieties to choose from, pancake punters will be able to feast on Dutch babies, American-style classics and quirky savoury offerings such as the pulled beef pastrami, which includes slow cooked brisket, cheddar, sauerkraut and pickled cucumbers. They’re hosting a Pancake Day race on the 25th, too.
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road SE1 0NQ; wherethepancakesare.com
3 No 11 Pimlico Road, Chelsea
Located in the swanky SW1 neighbourhood, 11 Pimlico Road is known for its crowd of west London’s yummy mummies and juice-loving yogis. Staying true to their healthy ethos this Pancake Day, their special menu will include both sweet and savoury delights. Think kimchi pancakes served with smoked salmon, basil and spring onion, and a vegan caramelised banana offering, smothered in maple syrup and coconut yoghurt. We’re not drooling, you are.
11 Pimlico Road, Chelsea SW1W 8NA; designmynight.com
4 The Breakfast Club, Hoxton
Easily identified by their down-the-road queues come 10am on a Sunday morning, The Breakfast Club’s American-inspired menu is more than worth the wait. Raising pancakes to an almost god-like status, these guys served up 928,000 of the fluffy fellas last year alone (which, if stacked up, would reach the very top of the Shard… thirty times). For 2020 their special menu will be an ode to all things pub grub, with vegan bangers and bash, and ham, egg and chips being layered between their steaming stacks. Manage to demolish 12 in 12 minutes and it’ll be on the house. If not? Well, in the words of Peggy Mitchell…
2-4 Rufus Street, Hoxton N1 6PE; designmynight.com
5 Ask For Janice, Farringdon
Situated just a short stroll away from the iconic Barbican Centre, Ask For Janice is the trendy eatery adorned with Damien Hirst artwork and quirky antique furniture. Serving breakfast from 8am daily, their fluffy buttermilk pancake offering has gained something of a cult status among London’s brunch devotees. Get a slice of the action this February 25th by ordering a portion of their signature stack with poached caramel apple and stem ginger biscuit crumble – it’s like the best apple pie you’ve ever tasted, and then some.
50-52 Long Lane, Farringdon EC1A 9EJ; designmynight.com
More on Pancake Day
Loved by Made in Chelsea alumni and Instagram royalty alike, Riding House Cafe is the light and airy Manhattan-style spot that lies just beyond the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. Offering a flipping great brunch menu of eggs Benny, chorizo hash and French toast, it’s their fluffy pancakes that will be stealing the show on the 25th of February. Served at the elegant wrap-around bar or long sharing table, these babies come drenched in maple syrup and crispy bacon or piled high with dollops of vanilla clotted cream and seasonal berries.
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7PQ; designmynight.com
7 Polo Bar, Liverpool Street
The perfect spot for the midnight munchies, Polo 24 Hour Bar is the American-style dinner promising some of London’s finest fluffy stacks. Their limited edition menu includes a boozy Cointreau offering along with cookies and cream, and a red velvet special. The main attraction here though is the pancake challenge, which will see Londoners take on a beastly 10-layered tower in just 15 minutes – with a bottle of fizz on the cards for those who are victorious.
176 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NQ; polo24hourbar.co.uk
8 Christopher’s Grill, Covent Garden
Swanky West End spot Christopher’s will be handing over the reigns to its hungry diners this Pancake Day, bringing a touch of luxe to the pan-tossing proceedings with a DIY menu of lobster Benedict and peaches ‘n’ cream. Available all day, their ‘build your own’ menu will feature a range of bases, toppings, sauces and sorbets, perfectly washed down with a grand mimosa or spicy bloody Mary.
18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7DD; christophersgrill.com
9 The Pearson Room, Canary Wharf
Stretching out the Mardi Gras celebrations for a full week, The Pearson Room are raising the stakes (and stacks) with their chomping challenge. Manage to devour one of their mammoth five-layered piles and you’ll be treated to a coffee on the house. Extreme sugar buzz and healthy dose of caffeine… What could possibly go wrong?
16-19 Canada Square, Canary Wharf E14 5ER; designmynight.com
10 Long Bar Sanderson Hotel, Fitzrovia
Long Bar at The Sanderson Hotel is giving Pancake Day the fashion treatment this year. Shunning the traditional stack, they’ve instead created a bespoke Shrove Tuesday cocktail (don’t worry, they haven’t just got busy with a liquifier). The Ode to Advocaat promises all the sugar rush of the much-loved brunch dish, with notes of cinnamon and gingerbread and the added bonus of a punchy hit of Advocaat.
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3NG; designmynight.com