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Let's face it. We are living in uncertain times. What luck, then, that the annual feast of joy known as pancake day is almost upon us: a day-long excuse to slather huge platefuls of fried batter in maple syrup and multiple toppings.

Shrove Tuesday - aka Pancake Day is on 13 Feb 2018. Here's our roundup of some of the best places to go if you don't want to flip your own.

 

Mars Bar pancakes at Mac & Wild

Mars Bar pancakes at Mac & Wild

Mac & Wild

65 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7PS

Mac & Wild are going full on Scottish for their pancake day celebrations. They have Haggis filled and fried pancakes for mains those are followed by the Deep Fried Mars Bar Pancake for pudding. That'll be a crépe filled with chocolate ganache and caramel. The pancake will then be battered and deep-fried to create a hot and crunchy outer layer. That sounds good to us...

When: on Pancake Day (13 Feb)

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Lobster pancakes at Christopher's

Christopher's

Christopher's

18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD

Christopher's in Covent Garden normally goes all-out for Pancake day and this year's no different. They've three main options - but it's the lobster pancake that's caught our attention. That's "Grilled Lobster with Sea Kale and Chorizo, all on top of a Purple & Sweet Potato Pancake (£26)" .

But if that's a bit too much, there's "The Vegan one with Beetroot & Sunflower Seed, Rainbow Chard & Spirulina, and Pumpkin, Caramelised Onion & Turmeric, garnished with Pomegranate, Bee Pollen and Coconut Yoghurt. (£14)". Or perhaps the "French Toast one - buttermilk French-toasted pancakes with honeycomb pieces, honeycomb ice cream, maple syrup and a dusting of cinnamon (optional chocolate sauce). (£12)"

And on top of that, build your own pancakes all day long. 

When: on Pancake Day (13 Feb)

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Chocolate orange pancake at Aviary

Aviary

Aviary

Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX

Head for this rooftop restaurant in The City for their Terry’s chocolate orange pancake. It's filled with chocolate mousse, popping candy caramel and vanilla ice cream. And there's also a bitter-sweet lemon meringue pancake roll, filled with lemon curd, and served with crisp meringue, yoghurt sorbet and white chocolate fudge. Both £6.50. 

When: on Pancake Day (13 Feb)

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Red velvet stack at Polo Bar

Polo Bar

Polo Bar

176 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NQ

Polo Bar doesn't do things by halves and, of course, the place with the all-day breakfast will have something on Pancake Day. These are "Stacked red velvet pancakes, Jude’s cherry ripple ice cream, glacé cherries, and vanilla cream all topped with a slice of red velvet cake (£12)". Although we also like the sound of "Apple crumble & custard pancakes - Vanilla pancakes, Jude’s custard ice cream, custard and a piece of apple crumble (£10)"

When: It's available day and night, from 3 - 13 Feb.

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Smoked salmon pancake at Thomas's Cafe, Burberry

Thomas's' Cafe at Burberry

Thomas's' Cafe at Burberry

5 Vigo St, Mayfair, London W1S 3HA

We're big fans of Thomas's Cafe in Burberry - it's one of our favourite places for breakfast, right in the heart of the main store. This year’s pancake menu includes a variety of sweet and savoury from classic sugar and lemon to Secret Smokehouse salmon served with crème fraiche, caviar, dill & spring onions and the delectable chopped banana, hazelnuts and dark chocolate sauce.

When: on Pancake Day (13 Feb)

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Elvis Pancakes at Foxlow

Elvis Pancakes at Foxlow

Foxlow

Soho, Balham, Clerkenwell and Chiswick

Foxlow, from the people behind Hawksmoor, have three pancakes on the menu for the season. There's the classic, with lemon and sugar, then there's a Mushroom and cornmeal with a fried egg and bacon dust and finally, The Elvis - a ricotta pancake with peanut butter, maple glazed bacon and roasted banana

They're available Monday to Friday at Soho and Balham and until midday on weekends only at Clerkenwell and Chiswick.

When: 5 - 18 February 2018

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Shopping and pancakes at Ralph's

Ralph's

Ralph's at Ralph Lauren

173 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4JQ 

Another spot on Regent Street, the cafe inside the Polo Ralph Lauren store on Regent Street will have traditional American ‘Homestyle Pancakes with Blueberries and Vermont Maple Syrup’ (£9).  It'll be open from 8am on the day.   

When: on Pancake Day (13 Feb)

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All the pancakes at Where the Pancakes Are

Where the Pancakes Are

Where the Pancakes Are

Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 0NQ

So you'd expect a place called "Where the Pancakes Are" to pull out the stops on the day. You'd be right - as well as an all-day party, where they'll be doubling up with a pop-up at Flat Iron Square's Après wooden ski chalet, they have new waste friendly pancakes for Feb. They've joined up with Rubies in the Rubble to create two ‘Thoughtful pancakes’ using excess produce.

There's the "The Thoughtful Blueberry" -  buttermilk pancakes served with crispy smoked streaky bacon, fresh blueberries and Rubies in the Rubble BBQ Blueberry sauce. And also "The Thoughtful Banana:" - buttermilk pancakes served with crispy smoked streaky bacon, sliced banana and Rubies in the Rubble spicy Banana ketchup.

When: on Pancake Day (13 Feb)

Photo by Jade Nina Sarkhel

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Essence 

  • For a vegan pancake, how about Essence Cuisine in Shoreditch, which will have Raw Coconut Pancakes (above) on all Pancake Day with a variety of toppings, from coconut cream and berries to raw chocolate. 
  • Le Pont de la Tour’s Head Chef, Julien Imbert, is bringing back the classic Crepe Suzette for one day only at The Pancake Parlour at Butlers Wharf Chop House. 
  • At Jason Atherton's Berners Tavern, the classic blueberry buttermilk pancakes with bananas is a staple on the main menu. Nad for Pancake Day, they'll have a pancake stack topped with bananas and Nutella spread and a layer of chopped hazelnuts. Both pancakes are £9.50.
  • Farm Girl will have their popular Apple Pancakes - a buckwheat pancake mix served with amber maple syrup, apple, cinnamon and sprinkled with coconut shavings. Available all day at their Notting Hill café on Portobello Road.
  • Mr Bao in Peckham will have a house special on Pancake Day – a traditional spring onion pancake. The pancake is stuffed with spring onions and sesame seeds, fried until crispy before being topped with house-made kimchi, basil and a fried egg (£6).
  • Talli Joe on Shaftesbury Ave will have a pancake Day special with their version of the pancake - the dosa. They will be serving up a Mangalorean fish curry with neer dosa, and a lovely crispy dosa salad.  

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