Forget Pancake Day- at Jekyll & Hyde’s, it’s Pancake Week!
Part of Bitters N Twisted’s range of independent bars, this establishment is popular for its variety of alcohol and hypnotising interior design. In the centre of the Colmore Business District in Birmingham, this boozy bar boasts some beautiful Victorian interior design. Moody, clay coloured walls and surfaces draw you into what at first seems like a tiny bar. However, through a door and up some stairs, you can find the antique Gin Parlour. And if that’s not your style, then go outdoors to an Alice in Wonderland beer garden!
The bar itself is brimming with different bottles, glasses and snacks. With approximately 100 different types of gin from across the world in stock, Jekyll & Hyde offers a wide variety of alcohol for that throat-burning satisfaction… And from the 5th to the 8th of March, they’re offering gin and tonic pancakes too.
Here’s the deal: two pancakes for £2. Pretty sweet, right? Amongst the beer taps and pots of (recyclable) straws, a pancake making area has been set up on the bar. The sight of vials full of maple syrup and small pots of sugar look as though they could pass as a cocktail making kit. It wouldn’t be surprising if this kind of concoction is available in their Cocktail Classes, with tickets being sold at £25 per person almost every day of the week.
Although the bar’s range of cocktails are certainly tempting (especially if you have a sweet tooth- definitely try the Turkish Delight!), my friend Haydn and I decide to share a double rhubarb gin and ginger ale mix as well as a portion of pancakes. To clarify what makes these pancakes so special: with each serving of pancakes, a dollop of gin and tonic infused cream comes with it! To be completely honest, the cream (apart from the bar’s crazy decor) is what made this pancake trip worth it. The fluffy texture of the cream can be compared to the aftertaste of the refreshing flavour of an alcoholic beverage. Unlike the strong, empowering taste of your usual gin and tonic, the cream supplied a subtle taste of lemony goodness.
But what about the pancakes? We decided to decorate our pancakes traditionally: sugar, lemon and a drizzle of syrup. Soft and thin, these pancakes would have been perfect… If they didn’t have the strong, salty taste of frankfurter sausages. This unusual sensory contradiction confused me to a new extent. Although the cream almost managed to cover up such an unusual taste, the bitterness of salt was still clear. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to eat a lot more of them because of this. But not to worry- we decided to cheer up our tastebuds with the dry taste of ginger ale and gin instead.
So why not head down to Jekyll & Hyde’s to try these pancakes yourself? The deal is still on until Friday- and even if you’re not hungry, you definitely will enjoy the drinks!
Disclaimer: These pictures were particularly hard for me, so if you have any advice on how to take pictures in different lightings or how to edit them, please post them in the comments below. It’d really help me out 🙂
(All pictures are taken with Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and edited with the free version of Photoshop Express.)