IT'S ALMOST SHROVE TUESDAY! HERE ARE 10 PLACES TO GET YOUR PANCAKE FIX IN THE CAPITAL
It’s Pancake Day on February 28th! So if you’re lazy like us and can’t be bothered to make your own batter, follow our guide on where to get the best pancakes in the city. Whether you’re into sweet or savoury, we’ve got you covered for some seriously satisfying pancake spots!
1 LE PETITE BRETAGNE, HAMMERSMITH
5-7 Beadon Rd, London W6 0EA
Want to treat your taste buds to some authentic French crepes? Head to Le Petite Bretagne in Hammersmith. You won’t find any joint in the area that serves real French crepes as delicious and fresh as these ones (which explains why this creperie has won awards)!
We recommend the Veggie pancake packed with cheese, spinach and mushroom. And of course, the Nutella one. I tried both - you can get two crepes (one sweet and savoury) for just £13.95. Pretty decent. And the portions are bigger than I expected.
They’re going to be pretty busy on Tuesday so tables will be given on a first come first served basis. Get there nice and early!
2 WHERE THE PANCAKES ARE, SOUTHWARK
85a Southwark Bridge Road, SE1
There’s something seriously special about the maple syrup from here: the sweet nectar imported all the way from Canada is hand-tapped 100% pure grade 'A' maple syrup. It's sourced from a collective of 2000 farms, often run by families. Order the American pancakes drizzled with maple syrup with a side of streaky bacon and blueberries. Or the banana chocolate pancakes! Your taste buds will thank you for it. Probably the FLUFFIEST American-style pancakes you’ll find in London.You can also choose from big or small sizes. Plus, there’s a lactose free option!
3 MY OLD DUTCH, CHELSEA
221 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EJ
For mouth-watering pancakes that will make you feel like you’re in Amsterdam, get yourself to My Old Dutch. Here you’ll be treated to Dutch pancakes from an extremely varied and exciting menu!
From Nutella to apple and cinnamon on the sweet menu to seafood or ratatouille and creamed spinach on the savoury menu, you’ll be sat there pondering your choices for ages. If I can only recommend one though, I’d opt for the classic My Old Dutch pancake that contains chicken, smoked bacon, ham, sweet pepper, mushrooms and cheese. Or order a portion of Poffertjes, traditional Dutch pancakes with a light, spongy texture. Simply delicious.
There’s also branches in Kensington and Holborn.
4 ED’S EASY DINER, LIVERPOOL STREET
Mezz Unit 1, Liverpool Street Station, London, EC2M 7PY
This is one seriously American diner - from the interior to the menu and to the decor. Ed's Easy Diner offers all sorts of things you’d expect to see from an American restaurant: hamburgers, hot dogs and milkshakes - but if you come for breakfast you’ll be able to try the incredible thick, fluffy pancakes. Two giant 7” buttermilk pancakes stacked up, topped with smoky bacon, fresh blueberries, and a jug of maple syrup.
5 CREPE AFFAIRE, SPITALFIELDS
Old Spitalfield Market, London E1 6BG
They have an apple crumble pancake, not to mention one named after Mary Berry! Intrigued yet? You can also check the Crepe Affaire out in Westfield, Shepherd's Bush.
6 SENZALA CREPERIE BAR & CAFÉ, BRIXTON
41-42 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8PS
This bright, art-filled bar is a quirky spot in Brixton selling French crepes with Brazilian flair. Whether you want something chocolatey and rich or lighter and zestier there’s something for everyone. The savoury menu is so different to any other pancake spot you’ll find in London with chorizo crepes to spicy ones offering a jalapeno kick.This creperie bar sells more than just pancakes, too. Perhaps dig into some tapas, yummy starters and try the good quality coffee.
48-50 Camden High Street, London NW1 0LT
Sure, Belushi’s is best-known for its giant burgers but their pancakes are pretty noteworthy, too. Available for breakfast only, the £5 Belushi’s pancake stack topped with crispy bacon will have you returning over and over again. Hearty, sticky and thick!
19 Catherine St, London WC2B 5JS
For a traditional French crepe or ‘galette’, head to Mamie’s, a French-owned pancake restaurant that popped up in a quiet, back street of Covent Garden last year. The cute but cool cafe serves up 10 out of 10 sweet and savoury crepes and galettes (a darker looking crepe made from buckwheat, making them healthier and gluten free) for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I was sold on caramelised onion so went for the Forest Complete which arrived on an enormous plate with Emmental cheese, buttery sautéed mushrooms, ham and a perfectly runny egg - serious galette goals.
One of the best parts about this place (apart from the fact they also serve cocktails) is the touch screen tablet you use to order - perfect for choosing based on how yummy they look in the photo! Make sure to book for pancake day soon, as those that have discovered it already will almost certainly be making their way here for February 13th!
Camden Lock Market, London NW1 8AF
Vegans, you especially are gonna love this one. These coconut-based pancakes from OSU are a great Camden Lock Market find. The fluffy American-style pancake stacks are actually full of natural flavours and raw ingredients, yet they still look and taste insane! I went for ‘Berry Mad’ which isn’t actually a mad idea at all, as the fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries along with the coconut flavour of the pancakes was beyond delicious. The owner is by far one of the friendliest traders in the market and totally believes in making everything from scratch. No ‘from a jar’ business (in his words, “that’s just lazy”) so you know they’re only gonna be full of the good stuff and served with a smile!
10 TOKYO BAKERY
Camden Lock Market, London NW1 8AF
Tokyo Bakery at Camden Lock Market delivers if you’re after something to satisfy your sweet tooth. The savoury options look great, but I tried the miso-infused caramel and amaretti crepe and it is to DIE for. Topped with a blob of whipped cream, this crepe with a Japanese twist is a must-try, just be warned, it’s suuuuper sweet! Look out for Tokyo Bakery in the Kerb area of the market.