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.
Moo Cantina - Pimlico
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This Pimlico branch of the mini-chain - there's another on Brick Lane and one in the City - brings an Argentinian cantina vibe to Vauxhall Bridge Road. Expect South American street-food, Argentinian steaks, house cocktails and beers sunk in the spacious garden come summertime. The food menu features a range of dishes popular in Argentina, with empanadas, sweetbreads and chimichurri olives alongside lomito sandwiches, steaks and chorizo 'criolla' - Argentinian chorizo served with roasted peppers and grilled onions. Desserts include pancakes served with dulce de leche, affogato and flan casero - a South American take on crème caramel. There's an Argentinian slant to the wines on offer, though Spain, Chile and Italy get a look in too. Many are available by the glass. Beers by the bottle include Quilmes, Cuzquena, Alhambra and Sol, and there's Meantime Lager on draught. Keep an eye out for house cocktails too, such as the ‘Sweet Moo’ with vanilla vodka, rum and dulce de leche.
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.