This year, check out our failsafe recipe for the perfect pancake or simply track down the best places in London serving pancakes on Shrove Tuesday instead. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
What is Pancake Day all about?
Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of goods such as sugar, fats and eggs. It's commonly known as Pancake Day because it represents a good opportunity to use such ingredients ahead of the fasting period.
Pancake Day takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. Because the date of Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon, Pancake Day can occur anytime between February 3 and March 9.
Granger & Co
Bill Granger’s first restaurant in the UK – no relation to the confusingly-titled Bill’s – opened in Westbourne Grove in 2011 to mixed reviews. This second branch has been better received, not least because they accept bookings, making getting a table less of a lottery and avoiding the need to queue. The large dining room is spacious and bright, with verdant views over a churchyard. The brunch and lunch menu are particularly popular, and the ricotta-filled hotcakes (ie US-style pancakes) with banana and honeycomb butter might just be the best brunch dish in London. Other dishes worth ordering are the Korean fried chicken, which is crisp and goes well in a lettuce leaf wrap with a chilli dip. Appetisers are fun too, such as a dip of whipped tofu and avocado served with a radishes and flax and chia crackers. Least successful was cardboard-like tacos filled with braised lentils, as both the flatbread and the pulses were too dry. There’s a small selection of cakes on display at a counter, including an Aussie-style rocky road cake.
Making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
Say goodbye to Shrove Tuesdays spent snacking on a burnt heap of lemon-soaked paste, and say hello to a day of delicious pancake perfection. This year, follow our step-by-step guide to making pancakes and you're guaranteed to serve up a fine battery feast. Our recipe below makes 4/5 pancakes and a scrappy last one one for the dog (double the ingredients if you want to make more).Read more
Or find London's best pancakes
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.