Flipping fabulous! Where to eat this Pancake Day
Can't be bothered with the faff of making your own? Ditch the spatula and order off the menu instead. Here are our top pancake picks in Herts & Beds.
If you can’t think of anything worse than flour, eggs and globs of Nutella plastered all over the kitchen (including the ceiling, if the flipping goes particularly badly), then save yourself the hassle and go out this Pancake Day. Trust us, the kids will enjoy it just as much.
The Florist, Watford
This oh-so-pretty eaterie is just as much a treat to look at as it is to eat in. Pop in for brunch any day of the week for fluffy homemade pancakes, with fresh berries, vegan cream and maple syrup, surrounded by floral loveliness. Maybe save this one for a trip with the girls though, eh, and leave dad to manage the kids’ kitchen chaos!
Black Goo, Tring and Berkhamsted
Muddy Award winning café Black Goo is an absolute must-visit for breakfast and brunch lovers. Naturally any brunch menu worth its salt features pancakes and this one is no exception, with indulgent stacks of the things, served just how you like – oozing in delicious maple syrup and topped with crispy bacon, with berries and cream, Nutella and banana, or sausage, bacon and runny eggs. And it’s available all. day. long. Teleport us there now please!
Potty Pancakes, Potters Bar
This jaunty American-style diner majors on pancakes (and burgers and waffles and ribs and err… anything else highly delicious and calorific!), and the menu is quite something. Check out the Godfather – an Angus burger, onions and ‘roulette’ sauce wrapped in a crepe, and the Minted Millionaire with crumbled mint Aero, mint choc chip ice cream and choc sauce. Or opt for a Frank Sinatra ‘My Way’ and build your own stack – go as high as you dare. Chances of walking out upright? I think I’ll be rolling home…
Creams, Hemel Hempstead, Rickmansworth and Bedford
This dedicated dessert bar has branches nationwide but there are a few in our neck of the woods which are sure to be a big hit with the kids thanks to the utterly indulgent and creative menu featuring some of our fave treats (Crepe au Bueno take your fancy, or how about a Crepe Royale with Ferrero Rocher?!) and we like the sound of the Banana Burrito Wrap too. Just be prepared for the sugar highs that follow – good luck parents!
The Pancake House, Centre Parcs, Woburn
Ok, so you might have to combine this one with a stay at Centre Parcs, but with its location right on the lake and its extensive menu of pancakey delights it could be enough to convince you to book, right? We’re loving the sound of the pulled pork BBQ pancake with cheese and jalapenos, and why not double up with a black forest stack for dessert – it’s a good job pancake day’s only once a year!
The Whisk, Woburn Sands
Ready for some proper pancake porn? Brand new as of January 2020, The Whisk was created out of a long-standing family passion (and grannie’s secret pancake recipe), with the aim of recreating the cozy atmosphere of a home kitchen. Everything is prepared freshly on site (with free range eggs, natch) and the all-day menu offers an array of tempting combos inspired by recipes from all over the world. Alternatively you can create your own perfect pancake. What’s more, on the 25th itself they’re doing an All You Can Eat deal for £19.50 per person, and make it £29.50 to add bottomless Prosecco – you don’t have to ask us twice!
Olney Pancake Parlour, Olney
A fitting place for a pancake parlour, as Olney, just on the Beds/Bucks border, was apparently home of the first pancake race back in 1445 (now you know!) and continues the tradition today. Never fear though, you won’t need to don your running shoes to eat at Olney Pancake Parlour. This diddy cafe does what it says on the tin, with sweet and savoury pancakes the main event of the menu, and kids’ sizes for those with smaller chops. One smoked salmon and avocado brunch pancake for us, please.