Pancakes may be available all year round, but Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday February 17 2015) 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.
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 Spitalfields, Westfield London, Westfield Stratford and Wimbledon.
This ‘grand café’ (brasserie) in the Continental mould has some of the most sought-after tables in London right now. The daily breakfast menu and the weekend brunch menu includes a pancake section, with fillings such as maple syrup, bacon, blueberries and crème fraîche, and plum and cinnamon compote.
This crêperie in Hammersmith is the real deal, offering made-to-order buckwheat galettes with savoury fillings such as classic ham and cheese, as well as sweet crêpes containing nutella and banana, or crème de marrons (chestnut). Stylish surroundings and Breton cider add to the appeal.
Star of India
A longstanding Indian restaurant on Old Brompton Road. It was given a new lick of paint back in 2006, with the restaurant divided into distinct dining areas. Dishes draw influence from across the Indian sub-continent, and include venison pasanda, malai adraki champen (marinated lamb cutlets char-grilled in the tandoor) and sunehri khaste - vermicelli rolled coriander pancakes stuffed with batons of paneer, red onion and green chilli, served with a spiced tomato and chive chutney.