Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the last day before a 40-day period of fasting, when all the remaining goodies in the house are used up before Lent.
For many it’s the perfect excuse to simply indulge in delicious treats and extra special toppings, from the tooth-achingly sweet to the creatively savoury.
This year Pancake Day is Tuesday 28 February and Caledonian Sleeper has created a flippin’ good list of the best ways to enjoy pancakes and crepes in London.
You would be forgiven for thinking this fresh-looking Covent Garden eatery is a fully fledged French establishment, but The Crème de la Crepe actually has Scottish origins. The concept was born in St Andrews, and after a number of successful years catering at events, a permanent home was set up in London. The result is delicious combinations such as the Italian Job - filled with goats cheese, pesto, sun blushed tomatoes and rocket - and Banoffee Pie with dulche de leche, ginger biscuits and extra thick double cream.
Mamie's is a relative newcomer to the crepe scene, but this Breton eatery boasts three floors of crepe-based delights, with savoury, sweet and everything in-between.
The inspiration is from the Brittany tradition, which suggests crepes should be washed down with a cider. One of their three floors is dedicated to just that. The Cidrotheque opened their basement this month, just in time to meet the needs of those partaking in Pancake Day, and looking for liquid relief.
Mamie's goats cheese and honey crepe
If you'd rather something a little more transatlantic than a French crepe, buttermilk pancakes are a mouth-watering alternative. For those looking for a stateside feel to their Shrove Tuesday, a visit to the Soho-based Jackson & Rye is a must. The restaurant has a plateful of buttermilk options on their brunch menu including the quintessential bacon and maple syrup combo.
Visit London to try some of these tasty pancake treats with Caledonian Sleeper.