Shrove Tuesday, the day when you’re allowed to eat at least ten pancakes and no one can judge you.Whether you want to cover them in sugar and lemon; douse them in maple syrup; pile on rashers of bacon or pour melted chocolate all over them, then you can guarantee you’ll find it in this fair city of ours, because London sure does a flippin’ good pancake. Get involved in a pancake challenge, eat for charity, have them for all three courses or go for the healthy option, just make sure you get battered…pancake battered obviously, it’s a Tuesday:
Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes
If you like to embrace pancake day with a healthy twist then you’ll be wanting to head to Bronte on the Strand. Here they are giving things a green twist with edamame and kale pancakes topped with smoked avocado ratatouille, sheep’s milk yogurt and a dollop of harissa. Rise and shine!
Crepes For Charity
Celebrate Shrove Tuesday without the guilt! Ok you may still be consuming calories from crepes but all week (27th – 3rd March), visit L’Escargot and dine from the pancake menu and you will be raising vital funds for youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint. Choose from sweet or savoury varieties including ham hock and gruyere or Grand Marnier. Does that mean we can justify two?
Boisdale are putting a swanky spin on proceedings at their newest restaurant in Mayfair. Choose from traditional flat or fluffy Scotch buttermilk pancakes and go wild with toppings like scrambled duck egg, foie gras and black truffle or 6oz sirloin steak, fried egg and brown sauce. Go sweet with blueberry, mango, pistachio and maple syrup or stick with a classic Crêpe Suzette. Oh, and visit between 10-11am and get a complimentary glass of Prosecco.
Black Forest Pancakes
Combine pancakes with Black Forrest gateau and you have two of our favourite things. German Gymnasium are combining the two this pancake day with a Bavarian twist on things; chocolate and cherries otherwise known as Schwarzwälder Kirsch Pfannkuche. Bonus points if you order in German.
Nordic Potato Pancakes
Newly opened Aster is getting into the spirit of things with a Scandi take on pancakes. Visit on Tuesday 28th and feast on Nordic potato pancakes topped with mushrooms, egg and béarnaise sauce or the permanent fixtures on the breakfast menu in the downstairs cafe; crème fraîche, banana and maple syrup or ricotta, berry compote and whipped cream.
Because Shrove Tuesday means eating pancakes at any time of the day is acceptable, we can justify accompanying them with something little more boozy. Balans Soho Society is serving up boozy pancakes at all seven sites, including black cherry pancakes with cream and Kirsch and black cherry sauce and the classic Crêpe Suzette. Want a little more booze? The Slap On The Rum is inspired by Balans’ signature cocktail and features roasted pineapple, ginger and rum syrup atop wonderfully fluffy pancakes.
All Out Pancakes
The Book Club in Shoreditch are definitely not ones to shy away from outlandish toppings. Sure, you could stay at home and eat your pancakes, sure. Or you could head out and get stuck into pina colada pancakes with caramelised pineapple rings, coconut cream and caramel rum sauce. You could tuck into pancakes stacked with peanut butter, dark chocolate sauce and peanut butter cups; or keep it savoury with a pancake sandwich filled with mac n cheese or the whisky maple syrup pulled pork pancakes. Obviously, it’s your call.
Crepe Cake and Pancake Cocktail
Aqua Shard will be serving up their epic layered mille feuille pancake cake this Shrove Tuesday. One of the most photogenic desserts out there, it’s perfect for those who can’t choose between sweet and savoury, as thin layers of crepe are served with blueberry ripple ice cream, maple syrup jelly and a rasher of crispy syrup-glazed pancetta to top it off. Round off the celebrations properly with the specially created pancake cocktail; dark rum, chocolate vermouth and maple syrup topped with a caramel basket and mini pancake.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Pancake Eating Challenge
It’s time to don your eating pants, to put any thoughts of calorie consumption to one side and stuff your face with pancakes. Yep, the annual pancake challenge at The Breakfast Club is back – the premise is simple. Eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes or less and the pancakes are free. Lose and you pay full price with all the profits going to local charities. These aren’t just thin pancakes though, they’re American style and loaded with toppings like bourbon pulled-pork Cubanos with cheese, kale and pickled slaw; triple chocolate with fudge and mallow, salted caramel banoffee and lemon meringue pie. Not for the faint hearted.
Challenge 28th February but pancake specials available now – 28th February
Free From Pancakes
Shrove Tuesday is all about using up your most indulgent dishes before we start a more reserved Lent – but if you want to get ahead of the health game or just don’t really fancy eating ten tons of sugar then head to Farmacy. Made with gluten free, buckwheat flour the pancakes are served with fresh fruit, coconut ‘yoghurt’, chia berry jam and maple syrup and decorated with edible flowers. They’re free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. You can still cover them in vegan chocolate sauce if you fancy though.
A Magic Breakfast
If there was ever a day to set your alarm that bit earlier to go out for breakfast it would be Pancake Day. Head to Foxlow from 8am and start the day with the likes of The Elvis – a decadent mix of ricotta, peanut butter, maple glazed bacon and roasted banana, or keep things simple with classic lemon and sugar. You’ll be heading to work happy and helping disadvantaged children as all proceeds go to charity Magic Breakfast, who work to stop children from going to school hungry. Feeling good, doing good.
All You Can Eat
Smith & Wollensky are playing to their American beginnings with a classic all you can eat offering.* You’ve got to stock up, especially if you’re going to be giving up sugar for Lent. They’re smothered in blueberries and maple syrup and all for £14.
*We say all you can eat, but they will stop you after 15. That said if you want more than 15 you might need to reassess your appetite.
Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Heliot's Meat Mountain Stack
Why have thin pancakes when you can have Heliot’s meat mountain stack? Six American style pancakes are joined by 200g USDA prime rump steak, six rashers of streaky bacon, two Cumberland sausages, a fried duck egg and lashings of maple syrup. If you can’t make it on the 28th February, they’ll also be serving it this weekend 12-4pm. We suggest a post pancake snooze, you’re going to need it.
Rooftop Views and Sky High Pancakes
Aviary are celebrating pancake day with stacks of fluffy pancakes that are going to be piled high and loaded with gooey chocolate chip cookies, cookie dough ice cream, chocolate sauce, peanut and crunchy honeycomb. If you can, take in the London views from the rooftop as you inhale your pancakes.
Where: 10th Floor Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Pancakes are great, but free pancakes are even better…obviously. Tuttons in Covent Garden are running a competition to win a pancake brunch for two on Pancake Day – head to their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (links on their website) to enter! For the rest of us, we can still indulge in pancakes with maple syrup and either smoked, streaky bacon or mixed berries.
Where: 11/12 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HZ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Pancakes and Prosecco
Ten pancakes and a bottle of prosecco could be yours for free…all you have to do is eat said ten pancakes in ten minutes or less. Simple. Of course it’s not that simple, they’re smothered in topping, we have our eyes set on The New Yorker which is covered in cheesecake cream, strawberries, digestive crumbles and fruit coulis. If you don’t succeed no prosecco for you and you need to pay £15 – better get practicing then.
3 Courses of Pancakes
Not just a pudding or an afterthought, pancakes at Tom’s Kitchen are going to be the main attraction, being served for starter, main course and pudding. Begin with potato pancake with fried duck egg, wild mushroom ragout and bacon crumbs followed by prawn and cheese with butter spinach and mustard sauce and finishing with blood orange pancakes with orange butter sauce and marmalade.
Available at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea, St Katharine Docks, Canary Wharf, Somerset House and Birmingham
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