The Best Pancakes in Brighton

Pancake Day: February 25th, 2020

We’ve come a long way from the thin crêpe served with caster sugar and lemon juice. Today, pancakes feature heavily on breakfast and main menus with the American stacks being a particular favourite. Pancake Day is traditionally the day when foods are used up before forty days of fasting leading to Easter. For many now the day has become an excuse to eat lovely fluffy or simply skinny pancakes and crêpes. Here is the Restaurants Brighton round up of best places for pancakes.

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Sweet Stacks

The American classic stack of pancakes drizzled in syrup and topped with creme fraîche, fruit and other treats has made its way onto the brunch and breakfast menu well and truly. If we’re lucky to get a sunny day head to Lucky Beach on the seafront for solar charged sugar highs. Boost the sugar hit with some of the best coffee in town with pancakes at Trading Post Cafe or Redroaster. Or make brunch boozy with build your own pancakes and prosecco with the Metropole Bar’s bottomless brunch.

Pancakes with bacon and fresh blueberries served on a white plate sat on a purple table.

Savoury Stacks

Combining maple syrup with crispy bacon and fluffy pancakes may sound like a horrendous blurring of boundaries to some but it really works! Any climb up Muesli Mountain is well worth a reward trip to Starfish and Coffee or Moksha Caffe for the sweet-savoury mash-up.

Classic Crêpes

Victoria Wood (R.I.P) had a sketch about “creeping in, having a quick crêpe and creeping out again”, sadly opportunities to honour the comedienne’s genius are few and far between, with the once ubiquitous crêpe falling from fashion. However, New Steine Hotel Bistro in Kemptown is serving an authentic celebration of the classic crêpe with a three-course menu for just £11.95. And Cup of Joe in Kemptown are offering 2-4-1 on crêpes all week from 24 February to 1 March. See our events listings for the details of both


Do dosas count?

If American pancakes do then Indian ones sure do too, if not just for parity then for the fact they’re amazing. Dosas are crispy thin pancakes made from fermented rice and lentils. A traditional Masala Dosa is filled with spiced potatoes and vegetables is available from Indian Summer, Manju’s, as well as a vegetable Dosa The Curry Leaf Cafe offers a Fish Moilee Dosa in their Lanes restaurant. Dosas have the benefit of nearly always being gluten-free.

Stack of pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup

Flippin' Vegans

In almost all instances vegans can indulge in the Indian pancake, the dosa. But if you want that brunch stack with syrup and fruit then The New Club on the seafront, full of NY vibes and cool hair, is a great option. The ever-popular Moksha Cafe in the North Laine also serves a vegan and gluten-free banana, apple and blueberry pancake.