Top 4: 'Lent-Is-Coming-So-Stuff-Yo-Face' Pancakes

Written by: Violet Myers

Lent: A 40 day religious period of sacrifice and withdrawal where participants are encouraged to fast, do without and basically have a pretty sad month. It’s a ruthless period, which has been known to cause severe food envy, frowny faces and even weight loss. But it isn’t without it’s merits, before any of this sacrifice begins comes the greatest day on the gastronomic calendar: Shrove Tuesday, better known as Pancake Day!

Join us as we gorge our way through some of North London’s hottest stacks!

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The Front Room Cafe’s: Pancake Special
American style pancakes served with yogurt, maple syrup and fruit.

Fluffier than: A Glee Christmas soundtrack.

Stacked?: A mere two pancakes probably doesn’t count as a stack, it’s a B cup at best.

Notable toppings: A generous pool of yogurt and maple syrup liven these grill cakes right up, while the cheeky pile of exotic fruit adds a sharpness and a false sense of health which my post pancake guilt most enjoys.

Worth 40 days of Lent?: It may be a pretty hungry month, load up on a couple of these before you face it.

The Front Room Cafe, 158 Tollington Park, N4 3AD

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Hot Pepper Jelly’s: Canadian Pancakes
Blueberry pancakes topped with fresh cream and strawberries.

Fluffier than: David Cameron’s recent chats with Glamour magazine.

Stacked?: A sizeable stack with plenty of girth, it’s got to be a C cup.

Notable toppings: A lavish blob of fresh whipped cream and a mountain of juicy strawberries makes for a happy pancake.

Worth 40 days of Lent?: Two huge cakes packed full of blueberries and laden with cream and strawberries, come at me Lent, let’s do this!

Hot Pepper Jelly, 11 Broadway Parade, N8 9DE

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The Blues Kitchen’s: Buttermilk Pancakes
Classic buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and bacon.

Fluffier than: A tumble dried Primark jumper.

Stacked?: A short stack will earn three of these pan dwelling lovelies, while a tall stack will have you chowing down on five! Hang on to your jaws boys, they’re a healthy DD.

Notable toppings: Enough maple syrup to sink a battleship and just enough bacon to give PETA the stink eye.

Worth 40 day of Lent?: Carby, sweet and slathered in meat, now we’ve got all this sin out of the way Lents going to fly by.

The Blues Kitchen, 111-113 Camden High St, NW1 7JN

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Riley The Ice Cream Cafe’s: Sweet Crepe
Traditional sweet crepe with homemade strawberry ice cream, lemon and icing sugar.

Fluffier than: An otter’s pocket. Being a traditional Queen’s England type of pancake, Riley’s crepes are light, flat and low on fluff.

Stacked?: This baby is slim, long and flat as, well a pancake, but there’s plenty to go around. She may not be stacked but baby got it going on.

Notable toppings: A delicious ball of homemade strawberry ice cream. Riley’s have an extensive list of delicious freshly made scoops, from vanilla to beer.

Worth 40 days of Lent?: A couple more of these and we can build a tasty tent to hide from Lent forever, why not get started? Riley’s special deal gets you two of these bad boys for a mere £9.99!

Ripley’s Ice Cream Cafe, 32 The Broadway, N8 9SU
Photos: Mike Ashdown

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