Eating competitions, freakshakes and lobster… Here’s where to celebrate Pancake Day in London!
Pancake Day is upon us. But where can you celebrate in style?
This coming Tuesday (February 28) is the big day with many of the best spots in London offering something different to tempt you in.
The name Shrove Tuesday comes from ‘shrive’, meaning absolution for sins by doing penance.
A Christian celebrated festival, it’s now celebrated around the world… called Mardi Gras aka ‘Fat Tuesday’ in the US because you’re using up the fatty foods before Lent.
But, if you don’t fancy making your own or want something a little different, where can you celebrate the big day in London? Take a look below for all the best spots…
The Breakfast Club
The venues annual Pancake Challenge is back! All you have to do is eat a stack of 12 pancakes in 12 minutes or less. If you win, it’s on The Breakfast Club. If you lose, you’ll pay full price and they’ll donate all profits to charities local to their cafes.
There’s some exciting mixes too with savoury bourbon pulled-pork cubanos with cheese, kale and pickled slaw; triple chocolate, fudge and mallow; salted caramel banoffee; and lemon meringue pie.
Running across all Breakfast Clubs in London
All you can eat pancakes at Mr Fogg’s Tavern
Mr Fogg has gone all out to ensure all who visit the Tavern will be in for a flippin’ good time for pancake day!
Diners will be able to indulge in all you can eat pancakes for just £10! Savoury options include Maple syrup & roasted ham, Cheddar, bacon & watercress.
Meanwhile, the sweet toothed can enjoy Whipped cream & berries, Whipped Nutella & strawberries or the well loved British classic, Lemon & sugar.
Visit at Mr Fogg’s Tavern, 58 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4EA
The Diner gives back
The Diner Strand is going to be the host to the ultimate foodie feat – the #PancakeAndShake Challenge.
In six minutes, and without water, you have to demolish a stack of chocolate chip pancakes (three chocolate chip cakes served with The Diner’s maple syrup), and a chocolate malt shake.
If you finish your pancake and shake, your meal is on The Diner. If you don’t, the cost is £13.05 – which The Diner are going to be donating 100% to Shelter (Homeless Young People).
Visit The Diner at 397 Strand, London WC2R 0LX
Battered Mars Bar pancakes flip into Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild are sticking to their roots and have created a very special Scottish delicacy, a battered Mars bar pancake. The dish will consist of a crépe filled with luxurious chocolate ganache and gooey caramel.
The pancake will then be battered and deep-fried to create a wonderful hot and crunchy outer layer, containing the gorgeous ganache and caramel deep within. One bite and you’ll be flipping well hooked.
Visit Mac & Wild at Fitzrovia: 65 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PS, and City: 9A Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YN
The anti-pancake pancake
Eating not your thing? How about drinking a pancake! Burdock in Finsbury Square are serving up a pancake in a glass…
They’ve whipped together New York cheesecake, cookie dough, sticky pancake dough and berries into a “Freak-Pan-Shake”, which is topped with three mini pancakes, all for £6.
Visit Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
Pancake Day at Nutbourne, The Shed and Rabbit
This Pancake Day, all three restaurants from The Gladwin Brother’s; The Shed, Nutbourne and Rabbit are offering a decadent pancake dish featuring a deliciously dark chocolate mousse, clementine curd and soaked golden raisins.
Brothers Richard, Oliver and Gregory Gladwin bring wild British ingredients from the countryside to the plates of London diners.
Visit The Shed, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, London, W84RT. Rabbit, 172 Kings Road, London, SW3 4UP and Nutbourne, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NP
Go upmarket with lobster
This year, Christopher’s pancakes are promising to be “bigger, better and bluer than ever before”. Choose between two show-stopping pancakes; one savoury, one sweet.
Why not try a grilled lobster pancake? at £22 it’s a bit of an investment. But you certainly won’t forget it. With a blue-corn pancake base served with decadent toppings, such as grilled lobster with avocado, sweetcorn and smoked jalapeño salsa it’s certainly different.
There is also the option for a bespoke pancakes. Choose between toppings of maple-cured bacon, Nutella, salted caramel ice-cream and even some virtuous options for the health conscious with mixed berries, matcha green tea, cinnamon and coconut yoghurt. (Pancakes just £6 for the base and toppings are between £1 and £2).
Visit Covent Garden, 18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD