Get your pancake fix this Shrove Tuesday
Shrove Tuesday is one of those occasions that is perfectly suited to celebrating as a family and this year it falls on 5 March. Here’s how you can join in the fun during your family stay at the Royal Garden Hotel.
Crème de la Crêpe
There’s something to tempt everyone at Crème de la Crêpe in Covent Garden Market this Shrove Tuesday. We’re certain the kids will go crazy for Piggy That Went to Market – an authentic French crepe topped with ham, egg, cheese, cherry tomatoes and mayonnaise. Meanwhile, mum and dad can go for the deliciously more grown-up flavours of chorizo, rose harissa, mature cheddar, passata, sundried tomatoes, red onion, ranch dressing and rocket. If you’ve still got room after that, the sweet crepes are just as inventive.
Not far from the hotel and perfect for a pancake pit stop while exploring the area’s world-class museums, Kensington Crêperie serves up traditional French crepes with a tantalising variety of toppings. From the classic lemon and sugar right through to Dorset beef meatballs, this establishment can satisfy all appetites, big and small.
My Old Dutch
Little legs won’t have to walk far to get their pancakes from the Kensington branch of My Old Dutch, as it is just around the corner from the hotel. This pancake house seems to have thought of everything, as there are gluten-free options available, as well as an extensive kids’ menu to keep the children happy. Parents can enjoy everything from seafood to chilli con carne on their pancakes, while nobody will be able to resist a sweet version to end their meal.
Parliamentary Pancake Race
As well as dining on pancakes, there are other ways to make a day out of Shrove Tuesday. A large number of pancake races are held across London to mark the occasion, with the one in Victoria Tower Gardens among them. Expect to see famous faces from the worlds of politics and journalism at the Parliamentary Pancake Race, as they battle it out to be the first to cross the line, tossing their pancakes the entire way.
Inter-Livery Pancake Race
The Inter-Livery Pancake Race held in Guildhall Yard taps into some of the longest-held traditions in the capital. As the livery company responsible for eggs takes on the one that represents lemons and the cutlery union, you and the kids can decide which of the elements of pancake eating to support in this entertaining race. There’s plenty of fancy dress and the winner gets a commemorative frying pan.
Better Bankside Pancake Race
Combine race watching with pancake eating at the Better Bankside Pancake Race in Borough Market. As various local businesses line up against each other in the name of charity, strict judges will ensure that the winner still has at least a third of their pancake left in their pan at the end. Once the excitement of the race has come to a climax, wander the stalls and choose which delicious treat to tuck into yourselves.
(Taken from My Old Dutch Instagram)
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