Published on February 16th, 2016 | by Sophia Longhi0
Pancake Week @ Lanes of London
I love a good hotel breakfast, no matter if the hotel is a glamorous 5-star, pulling out all the stops (including the Champagne corks), or a homely B&B, that serves up a mean Full English, with perfectly-browned butchers’ sausages and farmyard eggs with bright, silky yolks, cooked with the spot-on timing of someone who has been in the business for forty-odd years. Mine are never quite as good.
But my absolute favourite breakfast is pancakes. Thin, crêpe-like ones, peppered with caster sugar and lemon juice, or thick, fluffy American-style ones piled high and groaning under the weight of bacon and a vat’s worth of maple syrup. So, you can probably guess how excited I was to learn about Pancake Week at Lanes of London.
Lanes of London is the elegant restaurant to the London Marriot Hotel Park Lane, a luxury hotel overlooking Hyde Park and Marble Arch that manages to achieve a relaxed, boutique feel. The restaurant is bright and stylish: sophisticated without being stuffy; classic without being old-fashioned. Very nice indeed.
We were greeted by our smiling host and offered a glass of Champagne each, before getting down to selecting our pancakes. We went for two savoury pancakes followed by two sweet ones, choosing the Salmon with poached egg and dill cream and (on the recommendation of our host) the Chicken and Cheese deep-fried blinis, then the Brit Berries (blueberries, lemon curd and ricotta) and the Tea Party (sour cherry compote and green tea ice cream).
I was impressed by the interesting menu and, although there were the old favourites available, like Bacon and Maple Syrup or Chocolate and Banana, I was happy to see some unique flavour combinations, particularly the sour cherry and green tea, which turned out to be delicious – the tart cherry cut wonderfully through the sweet, earthiness of the green tea ice cream. The pancakes themselves were fluffy and light (we easily ate them all without feeling stuffed afterwards!) and the toppings were so delicious, it was certainly hard to choose a favourite.
I really enjoyed the Brit Berries (blueberries, lemon curd and ricotta is a winning mix), but the Chicken and Cheese (the one I was the least excited about on paper) was incredibly tasty – a crispy coating on the outside and melted cheese goodness on the inside – how could I not have known it would be amazing? Always trust a good host.
Sadly, Pancake Week is only one week of the entire year, but fortunately, Lanes of London have pancakes on their breakfast menu all year round, served with vanilla Chantilly and raspberry jam. For those looking for an indulgent breakfast in refined surroundings, Lanes of London is a fabulous destination.
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