Shrove Tuesday (otherwise known as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday) is nearly here!
For those of you who are wondering when the date of Pancake Day is, it is on the 28th February. While Pancake Day does hold many Christian values, it is best known for being a day where people have an excuse to eat pancakes.
To get into the spirit of things, read on to find out about the traditional, yearly pancake race, the best places to eat pancakes in London and the most popular pancake toppings of 2017.
Four Fantastic Pancake Restaurants in London
For anyone who is planning on spending Pancake Day in London, why not have a look and visit these London restaurants on Pancake Day. These expert pancake makers will make your pancake day a special one. After all, everyone needs pancakes for Pancake Day!
Where The Pancakes Are
Where The Pancakes Are, are known for serving delicious buttermilk pancakes. Whether you are trying to have a healthy Pancake Day and want a savoury pancake dish or a sugary sweet pancake, this restaurant will get your taste buds tingling. With a wide variety of food, drink and alcohol for those of you who fancy a cheeky drink, this is a place you must visit.
La Petite Bretagne
If you have always experienced the struggle of not being able to eat pancakes, due to diets or being allergic to gluten or wheat, then you will be relieved to hear that at this particular restaurant, their crepes are made with buckwheat flour (which is gluten-free) and are wheat-free!
La Petite Bretagne pride themselves with serving healthy and delicious pancakes, while also serving sweet pancakes for those who feel like treating themselves. This most certainly makes people’s gluten-free Pancake Day a lot easier!
There are currently two restaurants for you to visit, one being in Clapham and another in Hammersmith.
My Old Dutch
This pancake house was originally established in 1958 and now has three restaurants, one in Kensington, another in Holborn and the final one is in Chelsea. Serving both savoury and sweet pancakes, this restaurant provides an endless amount of unimaginable toppings for pancakes, which are both fantastic and crazy.
Whether you are going there to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day, to have a party or you are just in a pancake mood, My Old Dutch is the place you need to be.
Creme De La Crepe
Whether you want your classic crepe, something savoury, a pancake smothered in chocolate or you want to try your first ever boozy pancake, you won’t be disappointed visiting Creme De La Crepe, over in Covent Garden!
Top 10 Best Pancake Toppings of 2017
Most importantly, when it comes to Pancake Day, the big question is what pancake topping are you going to have?
You have no doubt tried the traditional lemon and sugar, along with the popular trend of Nutella and those of you who enjoy an extra naughty treat may have even melted marshmallows in your pancakes, but what about if you want to give something new a try?
If you fancy something a bit different this year, here is a list of 2017’s pancake toppings for you to try. We have rated them 1-10, 1 being our favourite from the pancake topping ideas.
10. Smoked Salmon
On your pancake, spread cream cheese and sprinkle some lemon juice if you fancy giving your pancake an extra kick. Then add your smoked salmon, any vegetables that take your fancy, roll the pancake up and enjoy.
On top of your freshly made pancakes, spoon a couple of table spoons of warmed up cranberry sauce. For a bit of extra flavour, mix some freshly squeezed orange juice into your cranberry sauce when you are heating it up.
8. Oranges & Syrup
Simply peel and chop an orange and decorate your pancake with the segments. Finish by pouring syrup on top. Job done. A deliciously easy desert.
7. Apple & Chocolate
To create this tasty and warming desert, you’ll need some toasty warm pancakes and some stewed apple. Place the stewed apple in the centre of your pancake and top with some rich chocolate sauce, before wrapping up your pancake, ready to eat.
6. Strawberries, White Chocolate & Caramel
Decorate your warm batch of pancakes with some freshly chopped strawberries, drizzled with white chocolate and some caramel sauce. Alternatively, strawberries with Greek yogurt and honey can make your pancake dish a deliciously healthy breakfast.
5. Cadbury’s Creme Egg
For these delicious pancakes, first make a chocolate pancake mixture. Once the pancakes have been cooked, break up a couple of Cadbury’s Creme eggs and place them on top of the freshly cooked pancakes, allowing the chocolate and cream to melt.
For banoffee pancakes, firstly make up a batch of American style pancakes. Layer the pancakes with sliced banana, whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce.
With this pancake, you need to first make a cocoa pancake batter. Once the pancakes are cooked, they are topped with ice-cream and melted chocolate, or for an extra twist, why not melt some orange chocolate or mint chocolate and drizzle it over your pancake?
2. Salted Caramel
For lovers of salted caramel, this pancake is right up your street. Smother your pancake with some already made caramel and melted chocolate, then add a sprinkle of fine sea salt.
If you feel like indulging yourself a bit more, add some pretzels and vanilla ice-cream.
1. Millionaire’s Shortbread
If you are a fan of Millionaire’s Shortbread, then the pancake version will be just your cup of tea.
Simply make your pancake, crumble shortbread biscuits on top, pour either already made caramel or caramel sauce on top and melt some milk chocolate to drizzle over the pancake.
The London Pancake Race
It wouldn’t be Pancake Tuesday without the traditional Pancake Day Race, held yearly in London.
Parliamentary Pancake Race
Join the UK Pancake Day celebrations at the London pancake race.
MP’s, Lords and members of the press are put into teams to race against each other in this yearly pancake race, while performing some pancake tossing skills.
This year, the race has been set up by the charity, Rehab. Rehab help people who experience mental and physical disabilities, along with the vulnerable to each build and live independent lives.
During this race, each participant must be constantly flipping their pancake while making their way to the finish line. The winner is the first person to reach the finish line.
Everyone has been warned that they must be on their best behaviour this year. While it is okay to get competitive, frying pans must only be used to flip pancakes – not to be used against each other – and the contents of the frying pan can not be thrown at one another.
Spitalfields Pancake Race
During this race, money will be raised for London Air Ambulance and participants in the race will be wearing fancy dress. The winner of the race will be able to take home the winner’s frying pan, which is engraved.
Embrace The Pancake Day Spirit
If you want to get into the Pancake Day festivities, why not have some friends over and have your own Pancake Day event?
Play some Pancake Day games, such as a pancake flipping race, a pancake competition on who can make the most perfect pancakes, or even see who can make a pancake the quickest. You could even do a Pancake Day countdown to the event.
Happy Shrove Tuesday 2017, from all of us at Minibus Shuttle and we hope you have a yummy day!