Get your frying pans at the ready – Tuesday March 4 is Shrove Tuesday & this year’s pancake action need not be confined to the kitchen. Pancake races across the city will see everyone from hipsters to MPs tossing their pancakes towards the finish line. Events on the day include:
Pancake Day Race in Spitalfields, EC2
Teams of four in wacky costumes will celebrate 2014 pancake day by running up & down Dray Walk, off Brick Lane, flipping pancakes to raise money for London’s Air Ambulance through sponsorship or a donation on the day.
Inter-Livery Pancake Race at Gresham Street, EC2
The City Livery Company of Poulters brings teams drawn from other livery companies linked in some way with making & consuming pancakes as well as invited teams from the Mansion House, Guildhall & Old Bailey to a traditional event full of pomp & ceremony.
Pancake Day Mardi Gras, Rivington Place, EC2
Shoreditch creperie & cocktail bar Shutterbug is throwing a post-work Pancake Day 2014 party complete with a flipping race, DJs & dancing. Take part or just rock up & eat.
THE BEST FLIPPING PANCAKES IN TOWN
La Creperie de Hampstead, Hampstead, NW
This Parisian creperie van first parked up in 1980 in Hampstead High Street becoming part of the community with regular long queues. There is no surprise that it has been title with serving the best crepes in London. Enjoy excellently executed sweet & savoury crepes & gallettes that come in specially designed cone wrappers with generous helpings of toasty hot ingredients. You will find classics like banana & chocolate & unique combinations – gruyere cheese, ham, asparagus, mushrooms & garlic gallettes on the menu. It’s rare to find crepes this good (unless you are in Paris of course) – these definitely are worth a taste whilst you stroll about Hampstead.
Creme de la Crepe, Covent Garden, WC2E
With modest beginnings, Creme de la Crepe started as a stall on Market Street in St Andrews in Scotland. Nick Willoughby the founder left his day job of working at a pub to visit France & master the skills needed to create authentic crepes & crepettes, delicious bite sized crepe canapés. After becoming established in Scotland, Nick opened up a stall in the legendary Borough Market. As the brand developed, bricks & mortar were the next step. Opening up his first shop in Covent Garden Market is where you will find Creme de la Crepe today. Try something different for lunch or even a mid-afternoon snack, leaving you with a whole new outlook on the humble crepe.
My Old Dutch Pancake House, Various, WC1V, SW3 & W8
Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, My Old Dutch Pancake House offers traditional Dutch pancakes that are extra-large & extra thin. The offer a variety of toppings to choose from including the ‘Amsterdammer’ (sautéed apples, smoked bacon & maple syrup), the ‘Hot Dutch’ (pepperoni, chorizo, cheese, red chillies & tomato sauce) or a simple ‘Sugar & Lemon’. The pancakes are served on large ceramic plates displaying Dutch landscapes. Enjoy Dutch Poffertjes, small spongy pancakes sprinkled with powdered sugar & drizzled with maple or try their new ‘Pancake Dog’, a tailor-made jumbo Cumberland Sausage rolled up & served with ketchup, mustard & red onions.
Creperie Nicolas, Southbank, SE1
Husband & wife duo Gill & Kieth Wyles left their jobs in the UK & took off to Brittany, France. Once learning the art of the perfect galette they came back to customise a sixties navy blue Citroën H van with a pair of hot plates & set up shop. You will find them pulling up to the Real Food Market at Southbank every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 6pm, with everything from sweet crepes to Breton-style buckwheat galettes. The best seller is the notoriously simple Nutella arriving with crispy edges & a thin, light base coated in chocolate – other fillings include Grand Marnier, lemon, sugar & fruit. The galettes are coeliac friendly, only salt & water added giving it a clean, nutty overall flavour.
Kensington Creperie, Kensington, SW7
Opening their doors in 2001, Kensington Creperie has been providing the finest French crepes for more than a decade. Rest assured, all pancakes are freshly made to order & can be just the way you like them, soft or crispy. In 2010 Kensington Creperie opened the Cremerie Creperie ice-cream parlour. How nice… a delicious homemade ice-creamthat comes in 24 amazing different flavours, sorbets & frozen yogurt alone or accompanying your hot pancake!