Pancake Day: celebrate Shrove Tuesday in London

Abi Sritharan

28 February 2019

Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day is celebrated before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Traditionally, it is a way to use eggs, butter and other ingredients before the Lenten fasting begins

Flipping great pancakes to enjoy in London on 5 March 2019, from buckwheat stacks and avocado variations to decadent towers, laden with syrup 

28 February 2019 | Abi Sritharan

Christopher’s, Covent Garden: For DIY Pancakes

As expected, this American restaurant doesn't mess around when it comes to Pancake Day. Christopher's is serving four decadent dishes including a fully-loaded white chocolate and Oreo stack. Guests can also select from the ‘build your own pancake’ menu, which allows you to select a base – buttermilk, blueberry-buttermilk or buckwheat – and toppings including berries, Nutella and coconut yoghurt. Finish with a generous scoop of ice cream and drizzle with sauce. Orders up!

Avobar, Covent Garden: For Matcha Pancakes

London's only dedicated avocado restaurant is placing a green spin on Shrove Tuesday. Fluffy pancakes are made with avocado butter and a shot of green matcha, served with either sticky caramelised banana and maple syrup or crispy bacon and fried egg.

Mortimer House, Fitzrovia: For Vegan Pancakes

This Shrove Tuesday, watch chefs flip pancakes in the theatrical open kitchen at Mortimer House. A sophisticated vegan offering is flavoured with cinnamon and orange and crowned with fresh figs and date syrup.

Riding House Café, Fitzrovia: For the Fluffiest Pancakes

Another dining destination situated in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Riding House Café serves light-as-air, fluffy pancakes with juicy berries, clouds of clotted cream and maple syrup. These fat stacks of goodness are a menu mainstay, not just for Pancake Day.

Tom’s Kitchen, Canary Wharf and Chelsea: For Gourmet Pancakes

For those seeking something a little more sophisticated this Shrove Tuesday, try Tom's Kitchen. With outposts in Canary Wharf and Chelsea, the all-day restaurant is serving crab pancakes with grain musturd and cheese, and the sweeter option of crepes with orange butter sauce and marmalade.

Where The Pancakes Are, Southwark: For Absolutely Everything

This dedicated pancake restaurant in Flat Iron Square uses organic flour and natural syrup to make its buttermilk beauties. The extensive menu includes Welsh Rarebit, halloumi and 'dutch babies', which resemble giant Yorkshire puddings. Sweet tooths can try banana, praline and marshmallow, served alongside vegan and gluten-free options. What could be batter? 

The Wolseley, St James’s: For Utter Opulence 

AA Gill dedicated an entire book to breakfast at The Wolseley, the Mayfair institution next door to The Ritz. The breakfast menu includes a dainty tower of pancakes, elegantly crowned by coulis and served with a signature side of celeb-spotting.

Farmacy Kitchen, Notting Hill: For Buckwheat Pancakes

Farmacy is known for its globetrotting vegetarian dishes and sleek, flower-filled interiors. This Shrove Tuesday, try the restaurant's buckwheat pancakes, served with a generous dollop of coconut yoghurt.

Milk Beach, Queen’s Park: For Unusual Toppings 

Milk Beach in Queen’s Park serves a killer combination of specialty coffee from around the world and picture-perfect pancakes. Toppings run the usual gamut of lemon, sugar and syrup, as well as quirkier options like mushroom and brie.

My Old Dutch, Holborn, Chelsea and Kensington: For a Stack of History 

Shrove Tuesday is the equivalent of Christmas Day for this pancake parlour, which has been on the go since 1958. Gargantuan towers come with a mammoth variety of toppings, including chicken, seafood, smoked duck and chilli con carne. Butterscotch with crispy bacon and egg is a popular choice, whilst for sweet-tooths , the banana, nuts and chocolate sauce topped with cream is a firm favourite.

Granger &Co., Chelsea, Clerkenwell, King's Cross, Notting Hill: For Cheesy Pancakes 

Granger & Co. are serving up hotcakes by the stackload this Tuesday. Usually only available at breakfast and lunch, dinner guests will - for one night only - also be able to savour the delights of the light and fluffy pancakes which are whipped with ricotta, topped with honeycomb butter, served with slices of banana and finished with a drizzle of maple syrup. The popular pancakes were created 25 years ago, and are still as famous today as they were then.

Image: Petrina Tinslay 

Claridge's, Mayfair: For Free Pancakes (yes, you heard us)

Guests dining at Claridge's for breakfast on Shrove Tuesday can enjoy a complimentary plate of pancakes with lemon and sugar. Or dial up the decadence and order the signature American pancake from the menu, loaded with berries, clotted cream, maple syrup and chocolate. 

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