Center Parcs’ chefs achieve GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title

Exterior view of the  Pancake House at Woburn Forest
08 February 2016

Center Parcs’ chefs achieve GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title

Center Parcs has broken the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the 'Tallest stack of pancakes' at their unique restaurant, The Pancake House.

The record, which was previously held by Netherlands-based theme park Efteling, was set on Monday 8th February 2016 at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, beating the previous record of 91.2cm with a flipping fantastic 101.8cm.

Center Parcs’ Group Executive Chef, James Haywood, and Executive Sous Chef Dave Nicholls, assembled the pancakes into a freestanding structure over 45 minutes, with the overall verification boiling down to the final five seconds, when the structure was required to stand unsupported.


Two staff members making the highest stack of pancakes to beat the Guinness World Record


James Haywood said: “After many hours of preparation, and the longest five seconds of my life, I’m so proud to say that we’ve set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. The Pancake House is not just a nod to our Dutch heritage – it’s something that’s become synonymous with Center Parcs, and is enjoyed by many families. Since we opened our doors in 1987, we’ve served enough pancakes to reach the top of Mount Everest, so it seems right that we now hold the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title!”

In total, The Pancake House serves around 7,500 pancakes every week and has been part of Center Parcs since it arrived in the UK almost 30 years ago.

The stack consisted of 213 pancakes, made up of 14 bags of flour, 700 eggs and 26 pints of milk. Following the announcement of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, the team set to work dismantling the stack and creating 35 smaller stacks, topped with plenty of tasty treats, which were handed out to guests visiting The Pancake House that day.

James added: “Shrove Tuesday is, naturally, one of our busiest days and this year our guests will be able to say they’ve eaten at a record-breaking restaurant.”