The tricky thing about explaining them is whether they more like American pancakes or like English muffins. They are cooked in a pan and the bottom of crumpet really looks like a pancake. The flavor and texture is very unlike a pancake and they tend to be much thicker too. So they aren't really a pancake in the American sense.
|Bottom-side view, looks like a small pancake|
On the other side, it definitely looks like an English muffin, with nooks and crannies to soak up all the luscious butter we put on them. Also, the store bought ones are heated up in a toaster like English muffins. Often jelly or another sweet or savory topping is added on top of the butter. We usually use honey if anything. We just bought a jar of lemon butter which may also taste nice. The flavor of the crumpet is more robust and the texture is more sponge-like than an English muffin. Also, the eater does not have to cut the crumpet in half to get at the wonderfully textured interior. So they aren't quite like English muffins either.
|Has lots of butter, waiting for another topping or a hungry eater|
It does have some great features of both with its own unique flavor. If Frankenstein were a happy story, it would probably be about a mad scientist/cook who cobbles together this wonderful breakfast treat from the parts of other morning meal items.
|Bread good! Crumpet better!!|
I recommend trying them if you have the chance. They go well with eggs and bacon or two crumpets are quite filling on their own. They go well with tea, too!