Baby got stack: 7 ways to have a flipping good Pancake Day

Yep – it’s creped up on us fast and Pancake Day is nearly here! So, whether you want to watch a cracking pancake race or simply indulge in the deliciousness for yourself, here are the tastiest ways to celebrate.


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  • Watch the ultimate pancake race

    Where 📍 Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
    When: Tuesday 13th February

    The next best thing to eating pancakes? Taking part in 
    The Great Spitalfields Pancake Day Race, where you can egg on teams in fancy dress running through Brick Lane’s cobbled side streets. The stakes are high – with the winner receiving an engraved frying pan (and the all important bragging rights).

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  • Play ‘medieval football’

    Where 📍 Starts outside Barclays Bank, Atherstone
    When: Tuesday 13th February

    For a Shrove Tuesday packed with even more competition, check out
    Atherstone Ball Game in Warwickshire. Returning for its 819th year (not even WW2 could stop it!), the traditional free for all ball game lasts two hours, with the aim of being the person holding onto the ball when the game ends.

  • Cheer on the ladies of Olney

    Where 📍 Starts outside The Bull Hotel, Olney, Buckinghamshire
    When: Tuesday 13th February

    This Pancake Day, why not go and watch the 
    Olney Pancake Race? The much-loved tradition dates back to the year 1445, and the stakes are pretty flippin’ high. Since the 1950’s, Olney has competed against the women of Liberal, Kansas, USA in an international race. Liberal have 37 wins, Olney have 29 – could you help them reach their 30th?


  • Enjoy a taste of America

    Where 📍 10 Newton Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester

    If fluffy buttermilk pancakes are your kind of thing, we recommend stopping by at the amazingness known as Alabama’s All American Eatery. Whether you’re all about that maple syrup and bacon life, or prefer to keep things simple with berries and cream, we can guarantee it will live up to eggspectations. No yolk.

  • Live in a pancake paradise

    Where 📍 Soho, Canary Wharf, Battersea, Hackney Wick, London Bridge

    Big up The Breakfast Club, a chain of quirky cafs across London and the wider UK known for its eclectic design meets mouthwatering eats approach. Why not dine on salted caramel and banoffee pancakes at the Battersea Rise (& Shine), which has taken its decor inspo from a 50’s kitsch kitchen and an 80s launderette.

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  • Make the most of an all day menu

    Where 📍 North Street, Bristol

    Dining down South? Then The Lounge on Bristol’s North Street is your answer this Pancake Day. Open all day, every day, you could fill up on tasty triple buttermilk pancakes one minute, and move onto a cheeky cocktail the next (sounds like our kind of day!).


  • American style pancakes

    It wouldn’t be Pancake Day without whipping up some of your own, so let’s get cracking!


    135g plain flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    ½ tsp salt
    2 tbsp caster sugar
    130ml milk
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    2 tbsp melted butter (allowed to cool slightly) or olive oil, plus extra for cooking


    1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter.
    2. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
    3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at the same time). It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick.
    4. Repeat until all the batter is used up. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan.
    5. Serve with lashings of real maple syrup, chocolate sauce, strawberries or anything you like!

Wherever you’re spending your Pancake Day and whatever you’ve got planned, be sure to tag us in your pictures on Twitter and Instagram!

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