The best pancakes in Brighton
I’ve had a lot of pancakes in Brighton and Hove. A stack of thick, fluffy pancakes with streaky bacon and maple syrup or blueberry compote and cinnamon is one of the things I most look forward to in a weekend. So, when someone says “but anyone can make pancakes” to me, I’ve usually got some strong opinions.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you can get pancakes really wrong. And yes, as simple as the recipe may be, don’t we go for brunch to enjoy the whole experience? So eat what ya damn want, I say!
Pancake Day is coming up, so you can bet many of Brighton’s food guides are releasing their lists of the best places to get a good stack. But I was kind of mad when I noticed one of the most prominent neglected to include two of the biggest players in the pancake game. So, without further ado, and with Shrove Tuesday right on the doorstep, here is my list of the best pancakes in Brighton and Hove.
#1 Nowhere Man
Upper North Street
If you know, you know. And if you don’t, get to know. Tucked away on the quieter streets of the Montpelier neighbourhood, you’ll find the bright yellow coffee shop serving up what I have no trouble in declaring the best pancakes in Brighton.
Thick, fluffy and each the size of small plates, the pancake stacks here can be served with the usual maple syrup, American style with bacon or scrambled eggs (or both), topped with chocolate and bananas, strawberries and cream – or a mix of whatever you like. They also do mean vegan and gluten free pancakes. All served up on retro crockery in cosy, 70’s inspired (and very dog friendly!) surroundings.
Whilst you’re there: The coffee here is some of the best in town, but if you’re feeling extravagant then go for a cookie milkshake.
#2 Three Stack
@ The Square, Tuesday 25th February 2020
Three Stack is a professional pancake pop-up that caters to private parties and sometimes holds residencies around Brighton & Hove. I first reviewed them in 2017 when they were based in the Clarendon Centre’s The Square and they quickly became one of my favourite weekend brunch stops, with really generous portions and toppings at such good value.
I’m pleased to say that Three Stack will be at The Square for a special Pancake Day event – especially pleased because this is right across from my office! So don’t miss out as the team will be there 12-8pm with sweet and savoury specials.
#3 Starfish & Coffee
In the couple of years it’s been open, Starfish & Coffee has amassed a very loyal brunch following. From local families in Hanover to those venturing from further across Brighton and Hove, you’re sure to find it buzzing at peak breakfast time.
You’ll always find an interesting choice of pancake options at Starfish & Coffee. Its one-time special of Hummingbird pancakes is still on my mind almost two years later, whilst you can never go wrong with bacon and maple syrup. Check out the special Pancake Day menu here.
#4 The Breakfast Club
I’d be sceptical of seeing chains mentioned in foodie listicles, however I can honestly say that the pancake stacks at The Breakfast Club are consistently fantastic. Piled sky high with toppings like fruit and whipped vanilla cream or peanut butter and jam, or available as a full all-American breakfast, I’ve never once been disappointed by these stacks.
Plus, every Pancake Day you’ll find ridiculous pancake eating competitions, limited edition stacks and other pancake craziness across its restaurants, so always worth exploring!
#5 The New Club
I feel The New Club doesn’t always get the love it should, as it’s such a good all-rounder! It’s one of my favourite spots for brunch as I know it’s a place that I can get great coffee, cocktails, pancakes and savoury sides if that’s how I’m feeling. Which, quite honestly, is most of the time because I hate making decisions.
The pancakes at The New Club come absolutely drenched in syrup, with a tart blueberry compote and lovely whipped vanilla chantilly cream – it’s one that doesn’t always look quite so eyecatching, but the flavours and overall impact are not to be underestimated!
Are you headed anywhere for brunch on Pancake Day, making them at home or saving it until the weekend? I want to hear your plans and favourites below!
Plus, if you’re looking for a no-fail fluffy pancake recipe, be sure to check out mine here.