Pancakes are happy foods, they comfort and cheer you up when you are in need of a little pick-me-up. They go well with bacon and eggs in the morning, and fruits drizzled with dark chocolate sauce as dessert. They can be eaten anytime, anywhere. We’ve rounded up the best pancake-serving shops in London for when you need your fix.
For when you are in need of a fluffy ricotta pancake try the ricotta hotcakes served with banana and honeycomb butter. Ricotta pancakes differ from classic buttermilk American-style ones in that they tend to be lighter, fluffier, yet custard-creamy on the inside. It sounds like quite the paradox and an impossible feat to accomplish, but Granger & Co has got it right. These ricotta hotcakes are light, delectably moist, and so easy to finish. Very pricey, but so very worth it.
The Book Club & Stories in Shoreditch and Broadway Market respectively serve a special Pancake Day menu, ranging from the wildly sinful sounding ‘Deep Fried Banoffee inspired Pancakes with Salted Caramel Rum Sauce’ to the healthier option of ‘Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes’ with coconut yoghurt, berries and pistachios. There are savoury pancakes on the menu too, and Beer and Bacon ‘Mancakes’, whatever they may be.
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH, +44 20 7684 8618
Stories, 30 – 32 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ, +44 20 7254 6898
Raspberry & ricotta pancakes, topped with berry compote and crème fraîche at The Modern Pantry are great. These ricotta pancakes come with the added bonus of raspberries in them. They come smothered in clotted cream and raspberry compote. Creamy indulgence in every bite, they are satiating, mousse-like pancakes, punctuated with bursts of tangy raspberry. They feel more like pudding than pancakes, and though only two are served, they are absolutely filling. However, they are only available for weekend brunches and do make a reservation before you head down.
For when you still want to feel healthy while having your pancakes try the wholemeal pancakes with mango, banana, and passion fruit at Continental Stores. Pancakes have got a bad rep for being bad for you, but who says you can’t make them healthier with substitutes like wholemeal flour, mango, banana and passion fruit? That is exactly what Continental Stores, sister store to Store Street Espresso, does. And they do it well. You can have your wholemeal pancake and eat it, too.