5 reviews
16:04 13 Mar 23
Highly recommended! Josh and Sarah have been fantastic at Astute. They've found and placed me in 2 jobs now between them, both really responsive and excellent at keeping you up to speed with things. Very knowledgable about the roles and happy to talk to companies with any queries you have.
C R.C R.
10:45 27 Jan 23
Great agency one of the best ones I've worked with! Liz has been a great help and support in helping me towards a new direction in my career life. She is very attentive and keeps me in the loop at all times! She makes the extra effort to work with my preferred requirements for work and even if it isn't completely attainable she meets me in the middle and does as much as she can to help! Also Liz is very funny might I add 😂 and I'm happy that I can now put a face to the name after all these years! Thank you again Liz for all your help and support! 😊
10:32 20 Dec 22
Josh and the Astute team was very swift to help me to find roles that matched my profile. They are really reliable and will help through every step of the recruitment process going out of their way to assist and follow up when needed. Could not find a better recruitment agency!
Helen PinegarHelen Pinegar
16:19 18 Dec 22
Fantastic recruitment agency.. Josh was extremely enthusiastic, encouraging and clearly knowledgeable about what was needed from both the employee and the employers point of view. Extremely supportive especially in regards to interview preparation and endeavoured to procure feedback promptly. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Astute in the future to both candidates and recruiting businesses particularly for the right fit for the role!!!
Lisa LeighLisa Leigh
11:56 30 Nov 22
I have worked as a candidate for Astute and they have been excellent. Super friendly service and professional agents keen to fit the right person to the right job. It has been a pleasure dealing with them and I would happily work for them again in the future. Highly recommend this agency.
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We’ve done a fun straw poll in the office to see how people like their pancakes.

Sarah Stevenson – ‘Lemon and sugar all the way!’

Mary Maguire – ‘Thin with a generous drizzle of honey’

Sarah-Louise – ‘Lemon and sugar for me!’

Tom Norton – ‘Smothered in maple syrup and bacon’ Prize for weirdest preference surely?)

Andy Lilliman – ‘Not the biggest fan – sorry!’

Richard Bowe – ‘Maple syrup and ice cream on the top!’

Josh Dunn – ‘Lemon and sugar all the way!’

Jess Starns – ‘Lemon, sugar and bananas (sometimes with a bit of cream!)’

Liz Champion – ‘In the bin’ – really made us laugh this one. Clearly not a fan!

Matt Morgan – ‘Maple syrup, then fold the pancake, then lemon juice, fold again then sugar!’

Harry Langridge – ‘Bacon works for me!’

Tiarna Boler – ‘Bananas and whipped cream!’

The most important bit is the recipe for the pancakes themselves!

Below is our classic recipe you can use! And a top tip at the end too, for the perfect pancake every time!

Alternatively, just pick up a pack of pre-made pancakes, pop in the microwave and voila!


100g plain flour

2 large eggs

300ml milk (Semi-skimmed works best!)

Optional – you can add 1tbsp of sunflower or vegetable oil, but this is down to you.

Ditto a pinch of salt – totally optional – they work just as well without!

And of course – make sure you have your fillings ready and waiting! Whether thats fresh lemons, oranges, honey, maple syrup or Nutella!

These measures make around 6 – 8 pancakes depending how much batter you use each time. If you want to make more – just double the measures above. If you don’t have large eggs – just use one more ‘medium egg’ than the recipe above instead and that works just as well!


1/ First – put the flour, eggs, milk (and add pinch of salt and dab of oil if you wish at this point) into a large mixing bowl

2/ Whisk to a smooth batter – (you don’t want any lumps in your pancakes!)

3/ Small frying pan (optional – you can have as big as you prefer, but tossing them may be harder!)

4/ This is the key bit! Drizzle some oil onto the pan and heat gently. Use a fair bit. When heated, use several sheets of thick kitchen roll folded up, to wipe up the excess oil but DONT throw this away. Just pop this with the oil soaked bit to one side. You’ll need this later!

5/ pop the pan back onto the heat for a few moments to heat it – then pour one ladle of your batter into the pan. Leave the pancake for a few seconds, then using your spatula – go around the edges and gently push any excess pancake mix so it forms a neat circle.

6/ Now for the fun bit! After waiting 30 seconds to a minute (depending how hot you have the heat set), gently use the spatula to lift the pancake at the edges, then gently shake the pan. As soon as the pancake can glide over the pan – you’re ready to toss!

7/ After tossing once, just repeat every few minutes and cook to your taste. Then slide onto your plate and its ready to eat!

8/ Every two or three pancakes, glide the oil side of the kitchen tissue you used earlier over the pan. This will stop the pancakes from sticking to the pan but also avoid you using too much oil as there will only be the lightest of sheens on the pan. It also stops your pancakes sticking when you are trying to toss them!

9/ Eco/ stop food waste tip: Cooked too much? Simples. Just leave the excess pancakes to cool, and when cold, layer them in-between grease proof paper, wrap altogether in clingfilm and pop in them in the freezer for up to two months!

Now you are all ready.


Astute Recruitment's top 5 shouts for the perfect pancakes on Shrove Tuesday!

Pancake day always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday and this year it’s on February 14th. As our team is busy walking, jogging, and cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End for our #miles4meals charity quest – they need all the energy they can muster, so here are 5 great recipes that they and you can enjoy!


That’s one thing #wfh means! All of us can have great pancakes from the comfort of our kitchens!



We’ve narrowed a very long list down to our top five pancake recipes for you to try this year.


Known as the traditional pancake that suits everybody’s tastes, these American style pancakes will have you flipping these sweet treats all year round for every occasion!

To enjoy these – see our menu below!


  • 350g of plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 230ml milk
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar and a pinch of salt into a large bowl
  • Whisk the eggs, milk, butter and vanilla in a large jug
  • Make a hole in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the wet mixture to make a smooth batter
  • Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat
  • Pour the mixture onto the pan in small pancake sizes – usually three pancakes to a pan
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes until bubbles break on the surface
  • Flip!
  • Cook for a further minute
  • Stack and serve

Wondering what toppings to include? How about trying the following:


  • Coconut yoghurt and granola
  • Mascarpone, raspberries and passion fruit
  • Cream cheese and strawberry compote


  • Ricotta, baby rocket, roast cherry tomatoes and balsamic glaze
  • Garlic mushrooms, fetta and chives
  • Fried egg and chilli sauce


If you’re looking for a thick, blueberry bursting pancake stack, look no further. These light, fluffy and fruity pancakes are a classic. We recommend serving them stacked up high with a big dollop of syrup and extra fruit – yum! Recipe below:


  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • knob butter
  • 150g pack blueberry
  • golden or maple syrup


  • Mix together the self-raising flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl
  • Beat one egg with the milk, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk to make a thick smooth batter
  • Beat in a knob of melted butter, and gently stir in half of the pack of blueberries
  • Heat a teaspoon of butter in a large non-stick frying pan
  • Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter per pancake to make three or four pancakes at a time
  • Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake
  • Flip!
  • Cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden
  • Serve with golden or maple syrup and the rest of the blueberries


You’ve heard of using up your ripe bananas to make banana bread but don’t forget they are perfect for pancakes, too! Possibly the easiest pancakes to make, you’ll be ‘flipping’ crazy to ignore these fluffy, delicately flavoured cakes. Also taste amazing with whipped cream!


  • 135g of self-raising flour
  • 35g of caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 130ml of milk
  • 35g of butter, melted
  • 2 bananas, roughly mashed
  • 1 pinch of salt


  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl mix the egg with the milk, melted butter and bananas
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. A few lumps here are ok, as if you overwork the mix your pancakes will be dense and heavy
  • Heat a frying pan over a medium heat with one tbsp of oil
  • Use a ladle to pour a little of the mix into the pan, you should be able to fit three at a time depending on the size of your pan
  • Cook until you see bubbles start to form in the pancakes and the undersides are a lovely golden brown
  • Flip!
  • Cook for a further minute
  • Serve straight away with freshly chopped bananas


Fluffy vegan pancakes? Yep – trust us. When you try these delicious dairy-free, egg-free and completely vegan pancakes, you won’t even miss the milk, butter or eggs! Here’s the recipe:


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 400ml plant-based milk (such as oat, almond or soya)
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for cooking
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract


  • Whisk the dry ingredients and a pinch of salt in a bowl until mixed
  • Slowly pour in the milk until you get a smooth, thick batter
  • Heat a little of the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat
  • Add 2 tbsp batter into the pan at a time to make small, round pancakes
  • Cook for 3-4 mins until bubbles are appearing on the surface
  • Flip!
  • Cook for another 2-3 mins until golden on both sides and cooked through

Wondering what vegan toppings to include? How about trying the following:

  • Banana slices
  • Blueberries
  • Maple syrup
  • Vegan chocolate chips
  • Plant-based yogurt


A great recipe that is a bit of a wild card to recommend: the coconut pancakes with strawberries and lime syrup. A tasty start to the day, these pancakes are under also 500 calories making them a healthier option for Pancake Day if you are trying to watch your waist line. There you go – our very own guilt-free pancakes!


  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 50g dessicated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon of icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml coconut milk
  • 400g strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • coconut oil
  • coconut yogurt


  • Mix the flour, desiccated coconut, baking powder, 1 tbsp icing sugar, and a pinch of salt in a big bowl
  • Make a well in the centre and crack in the egg, then whisk a little
  • Pour in the coconut milk a little by little and whisk in too, until it’s been mixed into a smooth batter
  • Put the strawberries in a bowl with the lime zest
  • Add the lime juice followed by the last tbsp of icing sugar
  • Toss together until the sugar has dissolved and the strawberries are slightly syrupy
  • Heat a tsp of the coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan
  • Ladle in small spoonfuls of the batter to cook three pancakes at a time
  • Flip!
  • Keep adding more oil and more batter, until all the batter is used up
  • Stack the pancakes between plates and spoon over the syrupy strawberries, then pile on some coconut yogurt to serve

Happy Pancake day from all of at Astute Recruitment Ltd!

Have lots of fun and do share any photos and your own recipes!