Your Ultimate Last-Minute Guide to Pancake Day in London 2020By Francesca Brooking
It’s Pancake Day today (25th February 2020) and if you’re looking for some last-minute Pancake-fuelled things to do in London then we’ve got you covered. Discover where you can go for a fitness class followed by healthy and delicious pancakes. If Michelin-Stars are more your speed then head down to the Social Eating House for a fine-dining feast. If you’re too busy to celebrate Shrove Tuesday today then Burr & Co are serving pancakes until Sunday 1st March, and for an added bonus, check out our top favourite Pancake Day recipes below. Here’s your ultimate last-minute guide to Pancake Day in London 2020:
What: Health-conscious all-day eatery, Avobar, is celebrating Pancake Day by offering diners the chance to indulge in a stack of three, thick green American style matcha pancakes!
The Lowdown: Avobar’s American style pancakes aren’t your typical pancakes. Made with a shot of green matcha to add a vibrant health kick, there are 2 delicious pancake dishes to choose from. For something sweet, go for the Sweet Matcha Pancakes, served with a knob of melting avo-butter, sticky caramelised banana and a generous shot of maple syrup. For those who prefer something savoury, the Savoury Matcha Pancakes with a choice of either house-cured salmon or grilled bacon, with a side of turmeric poached egg and avo-butter is just the ticket.
Price: £12.50 each.
Where: 24 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8ND
What: This Shrove Tuesday, luxury boutique fitness brand Core Collective is teaming up with nutritional and healthy food delivery service, Fresh Fitness Food to bring Londoners the ultimate Pancake Day celebration.
The Lowdown: Join the Core Collective from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for a health-fuelled Pancake Day celebration. The evening will kick-off with Core’s Head Trainer Joe’s Circuit class, followed by FFF’s delectable cinnamon and apple vegan protein pancakes, served with diced pineapple, peanut butter, maple roasted peanut praline and a vanilla and coconut yoghurt. Following the pancake feast, Fresh Fitness Food’s nutritionist Hannah Norris will then give a talk on the importance of meal prep, and how it will keep you ahead of the curve for ultimate results.
Price: Tickets are £25.00 per person. Get them here.
Where: 45 Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RZ
What: One of our top last-minute guide to Pancake Day recommendations; join Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred Social Eating House located in the heart of Soho for a Pancake Day feast to remember.
The Lowdown: Chef Patron, Paul Hood has designed his version of a Mille Crêpe featuring layers of fluffy pancakes with bergamot, citrus and earl grey cream and drizzled with vanilla Chantilly cream. Available today only, the special dish will be priced at £16 to share and is up for grabs when you buy a main course to go alongside it.
Price: £16.00 to share
Where: 58 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NR
What: Enjoy Pancake Day with a twist at the chic Sicilian-Moorish Norma in Fitzrovia.
The Lowdown: Culinary Director, Ben Tish has created a limited-edition Sicilian dish called Sfinci di carnevale: small pieces of leaved dough, fluffy as a pillow, deep-fried and enriched with raisin nuggets. These little spheres of heaven will be served with a tart Limoncello curd. Why not accompany the dish with a cheeky shot of Limoncello?
Price: £7.50 per person
Where: 8 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LS
What: Mix it up this Pancake Day with a pancake-inspired cocktail at Sanderson’s Long Bar.
The Lowdown: Exclusively available today, Long Bar at Sanderson has created a special Shrive Tuesday Long Bar at Sanderson has created a special Shrove Tuesday inspired cocktail inspired by typical pancake flavours with a hint of eggnog. The Fitzrovia’s Advocaat is an indulgent mixture of Remy Martins VSOP, Licor 43, cream and egg and finished with notes of gingerbread and cinnamon.
Price: £13.00 per person
Where: 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG
What: Go bowling this Pancake Day and get your hands on a free stack of pancakes at All Star Lanes.
The Lowdown: Simply book the Drink, Dine, Bowl package, which includes a game of bowling, two courses of delicious all-American grub and a cocktail from the set menu. Expect the plump, fluffy pancakes topped with whipped cream, fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Price: FREE as part of a deal. Package is £30.00 per person. Book here.
Where: Various locations. Find your nearest one here.
What: Enjoy Pancake Day French style at The Game Bird at The Stafford London with an exclusive bespoke crêpe suzette trolley.
The Lowdown: This luxurious hotel dining room is offering guests the opportunity to indulge in this classic French dessert, flambéed tableside for some extra theatre. The Game Bird is renowned for offering classic dishes, executed with great style, and served in a relaxed yet elegant setting.
Price: £15.00 per person
Where: 16-18 St James’s Place, London SW1A 1NJ
What: For a bit of last-minute elegance this Pancake Day, head to Kaspar’s at The Savoy for classic pancakes with an added topping of glamour.
The Lowdown: Go for the ‘Savoy style’ pancakes with a range of delicious toppings such as blueberries, banana mousse, caramelised bananas, hazelnut and maple syrup. They also have a vegan offering available served with berries and icing sugar.
Price: £17.00 per person. Book here.
Where: Strand, London WC2R 0EY
What: For a menu of exciting sweet and savoury Pancake Day dishes, head to Ask For Janice.
The Lowdown: On the menu are savoury options; sweet potato pancakes with smoked salmon, kale, and beetroot dressing or sweet corn pancakes with melted cheddar, tomato and black bean salsa with sour cream. Guests can indulge their sweet tooth with a sumptuous selection of toppings including confit caramel apple with a stem ginger biscuit crumble, spiced rum flambéed banana with dark chocolate sauce and coconut chips, or Yorkshire rhubarb and orange served with Madagascan vanilla yoghurt.
Price: From £9.00 to £11.50. Open from 7.30am to12am. The special pancake menu will be available to order throughout the day (or until they’re gone!). Reserve a table here.
Where: 50-52 Long Ln, London EC1A 9EJ
What: Available exclusively from today until Sunday 1st March, Burr & Co are serving an all-day limited-edition pancake menu.
The Lowdown: For an absolute winner in our last-minute guide to Pancake Day, tuck into pancakes from morning until night this week at Burr & Co. Delicious pancake toppings include the likes of chocolate sauce and roasted hazelnut, winter berries and raspberry coulis, spinach and Emmental cheese and dulce de leche crêpes.
Price: £7.00 each and available from 7.30am to 10pm.
Where: Kimpton Fitzroy London, 1 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BE
What: For a healthy-ish take on a classic American stack, head to A.O.K Kitchen in Marylebone. Head Chef Kostas Rampias has mastered the perfect light and fluffy pancakes by cooking the batter for approximately six minutes in the oven as opposed to the traditional way of only using a frying pan. They are gluten-free and there is no dairy in the batter so are a good option if you eschew either.
The Lowdown: A.O.K Kitchen will also be celebrating by offering their famous fluffy A.O.K Kitchen pancakes served with organic maple syrup, coconut Chantilly cream and fresh berries. Or if you’re more a savoury- than a sweet-tooth person you can opt for their ‘Florentine’ pancakes with poached eggies and parmesan cream, or their ‘Royale’ which comes topped with caviar of all things. Sweet specials include a spin on a classic tiramisu. Sign us up.
Price: From £18
Where: A.O.K Kitchen, 52-55 Dorset St, Marylebone, London W1U 7NH
Bonus Pancake Day Recipes
Staying in? Check out our bonus pancake recipes for your last-minute guide to Pancake Day:
Holy Moly! The Ultimate Avo Pancake Recipe
Holy Moly has created the ultimate savoury pancake to indulge in this Pancake Day. Guacamole fans will love this wholesome feast:
– 125g Self-Raising Flour
– 2tbsp Caster Sugar
– 1tbsp Baking Powder
– Pinch of Sea Salt
– 150ml Almond / Soy Milk
– 4 tsp Sunflower Oil
– 2 tubs of Holy Moly Original Guacamole
– Sprinkle of Chilli Flakes
– A sprig of Coriander
– A sprinkle of Mixed Nuts (Optional)
1. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the milk and mix with a whisk until smooth.
2. Place a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons of the oil and wipe around the pan.
3. Once the pan is hot, pour a small ladleful of the batter into one side of the pan and spread with the back of the spoon. Make a second pancake in exactly the same way, greasing the pan with the remaining oil before adding the batter.
4. Cook for about a minute, or until bubbles are popping on the surface and just the edges look dry and slightly shiny. Quickly and carefully flip over and cook on the other side for a further minute, or until light, fluffy and pale golden brown.
5. Transfer to a plate, top with Holy Moly Guacamole and stack the next pancake, ready for a dollop of guacamole goodness! Sprinkle with warming chilli flakes, chopped mixed nuts and a garnish with coriander!
6. Just before serving, squeeze a dash of fresh lime juice onto your pile of fluffy pancake goodness… and enjoy!
Vegan Wild Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes with a Maple Cream Cheese Topping
Plant-based innovators, Follow Your Heart has created a vegan pancake masterpiece for you to enjoy this Pancake Day. Topped with vegan cream cheese and blueberries, this pancake recipe is as mouth-watering as is gets:
Cream Cheese Topping Ingredients
– 1 container 227 grams vegan cream cheese softened
– 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
– 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
– 125 ml plus 375 ml ice-cold un-sweetened almond milk
– 2 tablespoons Follow Your Heart VeganEgg powder
– 80 g finely ground cornmeal
– 204 g organic all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
– 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
– Dash grated nutmeg
– 80g coconut sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar59
– 15 ml neutral-tasting oil (safflower), plus for brushing griddle
– 50 g frozen wild blueberries
– 60 g finely chopped pecans *Optional
1. For maple cream cheese, whisk cream cheese, maple syrup and sea salt until uniform. Set aside in refrigerator until ready to use.
2. In a bowl, combine 125 ml ice-cold almond milk and VeganEgg powder. Whisk until slightly thickened and uniform. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut sugar. Add VeganEgg almond milk mixture, remaining almond milk, vanilla extract and oil. Whisk until smooth, but do not over mix. Fold in blueberries.
4. Preheat griddle to medium-high heat.
5. Grease griddle with a dash neutral-tasting oil. Pour 60ml batter onto the griddle.
6. Cook until the bottom becomes slightly golden and the surface is slightly bubbling for about 2 minutes. Flip and cook for another minute, or two, until golden.
7. Dollop maple cream cheese on warm pancakes and top with pecans. Serve warm.
Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes
Fans of Pip & Nut will adore this indulgently decadent pancake recipe. A delicious combination of peanut butter and dark chocolate, this pancake will give you a Pancake Day to remember:
– 100g oat flour (or simply finely blitz some oats!)
– 50g ground almonds
– 20g cocoa powder
– 2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
– 60g of smooth peanut butter
– 180ml milk of choice
– 2 tablespoons maple syrup
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
– 4 peanut butter cups, roughly chopped
– 2 tbsps coconut oil to fry
Toppings Optional: Cashew ice cream or coconut yoghurt, chopped nuts of your choice, sliced banana drizzle of maple, extra chopped nut butter cups
1. Preheat the oven to 150c.
2. In a large mixing bowl mix together the oat flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix until smooth.
3. Add the nut butter to a medium bowl and slowly whisk in the milk until combined. Add in the maple syrup and cider vinegar. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mix bit by bit until you have a thick batter consistency. Fold through the chopped peanut butter cups and set aside.
4. Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add a little coconut oil so it evenly covers the base of the pan. Scoop a small ladleful at a time into the pan to form lovely little pancakes you should get 3-4 pancakes in your pan depending on size. Fry for 2-3 minutes and then carefully flip. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes and then slide the pancakes onto a baking tray and pop in the oven to keep warm whilst you continue with the remaining batter.
5. Once all the batter is used, stack a few pancakes on top of each other and top with whatever takes your fancy.
Pip’s Top Tip: Remember to give your nut butter a good stir before using it, as the oils can naturally separate. This is because there is no palm oil in any of our nut butters, which is often added to stop this natural separation.