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Center Parcs’ chefs achieve GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title

Press release   •   Feb 08, 2016 11:00 GMT

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 this morning (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.

“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,” says James. “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.

“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,” adds James.

Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row