We LOVE Pancake Day! One whole day dedicated to stacks of sweetness and frilly crepes filled with savoury delights. This year we’re thrilled to be teaming up with brunch aficionado The Munch Brunch Kids to bring you a complete compendium when it comes to crepes, buttermilks, dutch babies and the like across London. So if you’re looking to ditch the flippin’ great mess that comes with Shrove Tuesday at home, grab your nippers and head out to try these tasty ten, plus, each pick has highchairs and is super family-friendly…
The Breakfast Club – Supersized Stacks
Did you know The Breakfast Club plated a whopping 928,000+ pancakes last year? Stack ‘em up and you get the equivalent of 30 London Shard buildings. From the Shard to Soho, this family caf has come a long way since first flinging open their egg yolk yellow door back in 2005. Renowned for their American style pancakes, The Breakfast Club have it licked with their supersized stacks. From The All American laden with breaky classics – eggs, sausage, home-style potatoes, bacon and maple syrup to the epic PB&J – gluten free to boot, lunch and dinner don’t go amiss with our fave – buttermilk fried chicken, cheese, hot sauce ‘Ringer Stinger’. These tall order are great for sharing with the kids.
Locations across London
Where The Pancakes Are – Every Which Way
A favourite of Table Talk guest and GBBO 2018 contestant Dan Beasley-Harling, Where The Pancakes Are is a must-visit. Sweet & savoury, classic & progressive, small or big, the Where The Pancakes Are team pride themselves in an eclectic mix of flavours, homegrown ingredients and also boast in impressive kids menu. To mark Shrove Tuesday, WTPA present Pancake Day. Head down to either their restaurant or Alpine Lodge pop up on 25th February between 7.30am and 9.30pm to tuck into one of 6 of their best selling pancake dishes. Whether you go Classic American with bacon, blueberries and maple syrup or the picture perfect Poached Pear – two buttermilk pancakes served with thyme poached pear, toasted almonds, lemon zest, house cream and salted caramel, the whole family can take their pick at Where The Pancakes Are.
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0NQ
Milk – Sophisticated Flavours
Their no reservations policy may have the locals queuing but with babe in tow make the most of the early starts with a trip to Milk. Their much snapped buckwheat stacks fill Instagram squares but it’s the myriad of sophisticated flavours which really notch up the likes. Fabulous flavo combos include slow roasted quince, Northiam bavarois, salted honeycomb, puffed rice and burnt heather honey; green cardamom shirkhand, jasmine drunken raisins, pomegranate, black sesame, rose petal whey and a citrus pang – Catania pink navel, orange blossom cream, almond cake, calamansi and poppyseed brittle. With high chairs, copious amounts of Aussie spirit and super family friendly vibe, make this your first stop on Pancake Day if you’re South West of the river.
18-20 Bedford Hill, London, SW129RG
Farm Girl – Free-From
If you’re tots are gluten-free and you’re stuck for solutions on Shrove Tuesday, Farm Girl is a dream for those dining out with food intolerances. The brainchild of founder Rose Mann and Anthony Hood, Farm Girl pays homage to Melbourne’s vibrant brunch culture with a bold and bright menu and equally as eye-catching interiors. We adore their Cherry Ripe pancakes, a playful twist on the Aussie confectionary classic. Gluten-free fluffy buckewheat, buttermilk & raw cacao nib studded pancakes are laid thick with sour cherry jam, coconut, maple syrup, greek yoghurt & toasted almonds.
Various locations – Chelsea, Notting Hill and Soho
Half Cup – Savoury Stacks
Not a fan of the sweet stuff? Worry not as this Pancake Day, Half Cup’s savoury stacks have you covered. Their butternut squash & feta pancakes are a brunch sensation – layered with Serrano ham, a soft fried egg and just a hint of sweetness with a drizzle of maple syrup. With two sites across London, whether you’re North or East, getting your Pancakes Day fix is a cinch at Half Cup. If you’re up at the crack of dawn for an early Shrove Tuesday stack, be sure to order up a cup of Nude coffee for a perky pick me up.
Kings Cross – 100-102 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NT / Barts Square – 22-23 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7BB
Granger and Co – Classic Combo
Kings Cross’ buggy-friendly facilities are a treat and if like us you’re a regular to Granary Square and it’s surrounding eateries you’ll be super familiar with their sunshine flavours of Bill Granger’s Granger & Co. Wave bye bye to buttermilk as it’s all about the Aussie hotcake – stacks of super fluffy ricotta hotcakes laden with banana and honeycomb butter. Light in texture, these beauts are a great treat for tots and go down a treat with mamas and papas alike.
Various locations – Chelsea, Notting Hill, Kings Cross and Clerkenwell
Liv – Fantastically Fluffy
If you’re all about supping with the seasons and celebrating provenance, Belgravia’s Liv is one for this list. Kiwi chef Damian Monley championed the Flat White in Sydney and he’s bringing sunshine bites and the best Antipodean brunching to London with Liv. If thin-as-you-like crepes aren’t your thing go for fantastically fluffy ricotta hotcakes smothered with cinnamon butter, berries, seeds and organic maple syrup. Team with a cup of their special Neapolitan brew made with wood-fire roasted beans from a Sorrento coffee roaster established in 1910. A notable array of kids menus are available at Liv from breakfast to lunch.
18 Holbein Place, Belgravia, London SW1W 8NL
Jefferson’s – Build Your Own
Jefferson’s may be known as an ice cream emporium but did you know they serve up some of the best build your own pancakes in London? After ditching their corporate day jobs, founders Celine and Christopher Thompson, had their sights firmly fixed on serving up small batches of ice cream could be made fresh daily, creating every day moments of joy. From plump American pancakes to the most delicate of crepes, little ones will love pimping up their pancakes. How about a scoop of Superberry Snickerdoodle smattered with berries or are you a chocolate fiend who goes all out with the Rockiest Road, lashings of Nutella and chocolate sand? Grown ups can turn up the heat by stacking them high and hot with February’s flavour of the month – Mexican Chilli Chocolate & Fiery Fudge. However you build it, you bet it will be delicious!
191B Balham High Road, London, SW12 9BE
Millfields – Picture Perfect
East Londoner’s will be familiar with neighbourhood must-visit – Millfields. As much about casual all day dining as it is about coffee, Alex MacIntyre’s Millfields boasts brews from Clapton’s Dark Arts Coffee and pretty as picture pancakes. With brunch served until 4.30pm, there’s just enough time to squeeze in a post School pancake on Shrove Tuesday. From seasonal daily specials to fruity little numbers including fluffy buttermilks smattered with berries to poached pear, a rich vanilla mascarpone and crunchy hazelnut praline wrapped in a golden-kissed crepe.
145 Chatsworth Road, Clapton, London, E5 0LA
Riding House Cafe – Bottomless Buttermilks
In search of a sweet deal this Shrove Tuesday? Make a beeline for both Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia and Rail House Cafe in Victoria as they will be flipping out bottomless buttermilk pancakes all day on 25th February. Usually reserved for breaky and brunch, you can order a plate of their famous pancakes with berries and clotted cream or smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup and Riding House will top up on your request for no extra cost! Be sure to book as tables will get snapped up quickly – highchairs available for mamas and babes.
Riding House Café, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, London, W1W 7PQ / Rail House Café, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, London, SW1E 5D