Pancakes may be avaliable all year round, but Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday February 9 2016) is 'Fat Tuesday' in Christian tradition, when rich ingredients are purposely used up before the fast of Lent. Whether you're preparing for a fast or simply after some mouthwatering stodge, brace yourself for a battering at these London pancake venues.
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If you head to Christopher's on any old morning, you can explore their buckwheat pancake menu. But for Shrove Tuesday the Covent Garden eatery is laying on a spread of three pancake bases - buckwheat, buttermilk and blueberry-buttermilk. Fill out a tick box menu to select your base and put in your order of topping with the kitchen to ensure you do pancakes your own way.
A good range of sweet and savoury fillings is offered at this fast food café chain, along with a small selection of pastries including waffles. The crepes are filled then reheated to order, and the service is quick and friendly. There are also branches in Islington, Chiswick, Westfield London, Westfield Stratford and Wimbledon.
For those who like to celebrate Pancake Day the all-American way, head to Jackson & Rye. The Soho restaurant has a stack of buttermilk options on the brunch menu or you can dive into a hefty pile of pancakes topped with bacon, blueberries and maple syrup.
Unsurprisingly for a restaurant dedicated entirely to pancakes, My Old Dutch has very, very long queues of hungry crepe fans every Shrove Tuesday without fail. Either get in there a day early or be prepared to wait. The restaurant also has branches in Kensington and Chelsea.
Shutterbug serve up flippin' good crepes all year long. They're upping their game for Pancake Day however, offering both traditional thin crepes and stack of fluffy American style pancakes, plus Mardi Gras rum punch and other delicious cocktails to hungry east Londoners.
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