Pancake Day falls on 5 March 2019, which means things are about to get a whole lot batter! Instead of staying at home to make your own batch this year, The Resident asked DesignMyNight to recommend the best pancakes in London. From a boozy black forest masterpiece to pancakes that look like an actual Big Mac, here’s a list of flippin’ great places to tackle a stack on Shrove Tuesday
Words: Leighanne Bent
Lead image: Where the Pancakes Are
1 The Breakfast Club, various locations
Queues that go on for hours and one of the best breakfasts in town? The Breakfast Club is a bit of an institution when it comes to the most important meal of the day, and once again they’ve come out on top with their Pancake Day offering. Scoot down to any of their venues – from Battersea to Angel – on 5 March and you’ll be faced with five different takes on the traditional pancake. Pick from the peanut butter and jelly, the big stack (a Big Mac-style pancake tower), the apple pie, the ringer stringer and the Jack Duckworth (which is a personal favourite of ours), and celebrate Shrove Tuesday with bites that are out of this world.
2 Smith & Wollensky, Covent Garden Riverside
Smith & Wollensky have come up with quite the Pancake Day challenge, and only the hungry will come out on top. Building a stack that’s just as tall as you, 60 minutes will be on the clock for you to eat your height in pancakes. If you (miraculously) manage to finish the lot on 5 March, you’ll get the entire thing for free. If not, well, you’ll be set back £1 per pancake, so make sure you arrive hungry and are wearing your best pair of stretchy pants.
1-11 John Adam Street WC2N 6HT; smithandwollensky.co.uk
3 Where the Pancakes Are, Southwark
There’s no messing around on Shrove Tuesday, not when Where the Pancakes Are are involved. The team have extended their opening hours so people can get celebrate right up until midnight on 5 March, and they’ve dreamed up a stack that’s a decadent take on your traditional ingredients called A Very Lemony Affair. Make your way down there between 6pm and 8pm for lemon bobbing and a three-legged race where you’ll have to flip pancakes while you run to the finish line.
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road SE1 0NQ; wherethepancakesare.com
More on Pancake Day
The best bloody pancakes, ever? The Book Club has joined forces with charity Bloody Big Brunch for a plate of pancakes you’re not likely to forget anytime soon, as they aim to spark up topics of conversation about menstruation. These red velvet ‘period pancakes’ will come garnished with cute tampon macaroons and for the day that’s in it, you can order bloody Mary cocktails to help you wash everything down.
100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH; designmynight.com
5 Christopher’s, Covent Garden
If you thought pancakes couldn’t be posh, think again. Christopher’s are inviting Shrove Tuesday enthusiasts to their restaurant on 5 March to dine on some splendidly special dishes. If you’re after a sugar rush, you can’t go wrong with the white chocolate and Oreo pancakes – they come sandwiched together with vanilla mascarpone and honeycomb ice cream – but if you want something a little more savoury, the butter poached lobster is the stack for you. It’s assembled with chorizo picante, avruga caviar, yukon gold potato and truffle.
8 Wellington Street, Covent Garden WC2E 7DD; christophersgrill.com
6 Duck and Waffle, the City
Thanks to glistening views of the capital and the fact that it’s open 24/7, Duck and Waffle is one of those bucket-list restaurants that you just have to visit. There are plenty of reasons to stop by this sky-high space, but we’ve got one more for your list: on 5 March you can get a slinky, limited-edition dish of buttermilk pancakes that come decorated with roasted pistachio butter, saffron pears and Chantilly cream. That’s not all though; you’ll get hot miso caramel sauce to pour over your stack as work your way towards an empty plate.
110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com
7 The Diner, various locations
There are plenty of reasons to visit The Diner for Shrove Tuesday this year; not only have they come up with a five-strong pancake menu, but they’ve got a special shake that tastes just like the American dessert, s’mores. From boozy black forest stacks with creme de cassis, cherry compote, whipped cream and chocolate shavings to a vegan mint chocolate option with a truckload of chocolate chips and chocolate sauce, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this USA-style eaterie with locations in Soho, Shoreditch, Spitalfields, the Strand, Camden and Dalston.
8 Dirty Bones, various locations
Usually reserved for their weekend brunches, Dirty Bones has decided to break the rules this Shrove Tuesday, so you can delve head first into their triple stack buttermilk pancakes midweek. Head down to any of their London venues (Carnaby, Kensington, Shoreditch and Soho) on 5 March and you can order this moreish dish that’s built with oodles of clotted cream, fresh blueberries and a generous shot of sweet maple syrup. Alternatively, you can always wait until Saturday and enjoy a boozy affair with four cocktails coming in at £20.
9 Big Chill, King’s Cross
Boasting a roof terrace and a laid back atmosphere, Big Chill King’s Cross is ushering their weekend buttermilk pancakes onto the menu for one day only on 5 March, and you won’t regret popping down. Slathered in Canadian maple syrup, brulée banana and cornflake whipped cream, you can go all out and add smoked streaky bacon to the mix if you want a side of savoury with your sweet dish.
257-259 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross N1 9NL; bigchillbar.com
10 Long Bar at Sanderson Hotel, Fitzrovia
Have your pancake and eat it too? Long Bar at Sanderson might not have come up with a pancake dish per se but what they have created is impressive nonetheless. Served in a miniature martini glass, their blueberry stack cocktail will tingle your taste buds and comes served with a miniature pancake to nibble on as you sip. Want to go the whole nine yards while you’re there? They’re setting up a crepe station where you can dress your pancakes in two classic toppings: lemon and sugar.
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3NG; morganshotelgroup.com