Where to celebrate Pancake Day in London
Shrove Tuesday is the Christian festival that marks the final day before Lent begins. Traditionally, this was the day when every household made pancakes, to finish the last of any eggs and fats before 40 days of fasting. Not as many British households fast to the same degree these days, but we still love a good pancake (actually, make that 14 pancakes). Find out what’s happening in London this week for Pancake Day.
Avobar, Covent Garden
Yes, those are green pancakes. They’ve got matcha in them and are served every day at Avobar, with avocado butter and a choice of caramelised banana, or crispy bacon with a fried egg.
Baptist Grill, Covent Garden
This fancy establishment is serving a Crêpe Soufflé every day this week, using Grand Marnier sauce to flambé it beside your table. The menu at Baptist Grill is a bit pricey, but the set lunch menu is £25/£30 for 2/3 courses (£35/£40 with two glasses of wine), which is a more affordable way to eat in this stunning dining room.
Blanchette, Shoreditch and Soho
You can pancakes to eat in or take away at this pair of French restaurants – they’ll be making them all day at the bar.
The Little Blue Door, Fulham
This little restaurant is just like going to a house party. On Saturday 9 March, the party’s going to be all about unlimited prosecco and pancakes. Expect lots and lots of sugar, and a DJ playing club classics.
Mac & Wild, City and Fitzrovia
These Scottish restaurants are serving a couple of pancake options on Shrove Tuesday including this, The 8 Stack Mac. That’s a stack of eight pancakes, deep-fried Mars Bar (a Scottish, um, delicacy), peanut butter drizzle and whisky caramel sauce.
Where the Pancakes Are, London Bridge
This is one of London’s ultimate Shrove Tuesday destinations, because they serve pancakes every single day – but they’re also putting on special Shrove Tuesday menus, too. This Dutch Baby variety is baked in the oven.
Dutch Baby with Bramley and Cox apples, blueberries and almond flakes £10
Prices correct at time of publishing
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