Slowly but surely, I’m trying to work my way around all the London brunch spots – I know in reality this is never going to happen but 2020 is the year I give it a good go! We headed to ‘Where the Pancakes Are’ a couple of weekends ago and it did not disappoint.
Located in Southwark, about a 10-minute walk from London Bridge ‘Where the Pancakes Are’ sits in a railway bridge cove. First warning – on a weekend it gets busy. You can queue anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour. There are tables located inside and out – outside tables did come up but the January dip in temperature compelled us to sit inside.
Onto the menu… there’s pancakes for everybody – sweet, savoury, vegan. you name it, they’ll put in on a pancake.
Where the Pancakes Are!
Adam and I chose different strategies. He went sweet with the banana praline Marshmellow pancakes and I went savoury with the English breakfast.
The ‘English Breakfast’ came with bacon, sausage, 2 fried eggs, roasted cherry tomatoes, a huge portabello mushroom, the most flavoursome baked beans I’ve ever tasted and maple syrup. The pancakes a big, fluffy American style and they did not disappoint. As I said, the baked beans were lovely and weren’t your average Heinz ones. It was filling – but not overly filling. They also do a vegetarian option served with halloumi and roasted peppers which I’ll go for if we visit again.
Onto Adam’s sweet dish, the banana praline marshmallow pancakes – two pancakes (though you can opt for one which is cheaper), hazelnut sunflower cocoa nib praline and basil marshmallow with the sea salted caramel sauce which is honestly, all of Adam’s favourite things on one plate. he said they were some of the best pancakes he’d ever eaten. The caramel and the banana worked so well together and the basil marshmallows added an extra flavour that brought it all together.
On the side, we had the simple pancakes with the chocolate sauce and toasted hazelnut – hey we’d waited a long time to get in so we wanted to savour a few different menu items. The chocolate sauce wasn’t as sweet as I expected – certainly, more on the bitter side but as it melted into the pancakes, it was nice nonetheless. A bit more sauce would have been nice but overall these were satisfying.
Price-wise this was pretty on par with a London Sunday brunch coming in at £42 including our drinks (2 orange juices and a pot of breakfast tea) and the tip. We did have that extra side dish that wasn’t wholely necessary but I regret nothing! I’d recommend this place if you love your pancakes and I’d certainly go back in the future because hey… ‘it’s WHERE the pancakes are!’