Before you start flipping pancakes onto the ceiling and cracking open the syrup take a pause and find out what it’s all about
The term Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive, meaning absolve. Shrove Tuesday is a Christian tradition that marks the start of Lent, a period of some forty days where sacrifices and fasting take place in order to gain absolution for one’s sins by way of penitence. Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday and the day preceding Lent as it’s traditionally a celebration of rich and indulgent food before the 40 days of fasting begins.
The typical English pancake is thin, light and not dissimilar to a French crêpe. While often topped with lemon, sugar or syrup there are many different takes.
Where to Go
Go Dutch Pancake House
8 Paragon Street, Hull
Open from 11am until 10pm for the big day, the award-winning Go Dutch Pancake House is the place to go if you want to indulge in the Shrove Tuesday festivities. Think special savoury pancakes and sweet crêpes, there’s even a teddy-shaped Toddler’s Pancake if you want to bring the little ones along.
The Crêpe Hut
George Street, Leeds
This homely café in Leeds Kirkgate Market is dedicated to giving hungry customers their pancake fill. The brie and bacon savoury pancake is a particularly popular option with the regulars.
Town Hall Square, Sheffield
If you want a taste of different pancakes styles from around the world then visit The Pancake House in Sheffield. Choose from a range including a kiwi, mango and yoghurt pancake or an oven-baked pancake with apple and cottage cheese. The portions may be huge but don’t let that defeat your cravings, after all Shrove Tuesday is meant to be a day of indulgence before Lent.
Brew and Brownie
5 Museum Street, York
Brew and Brownie’s delicious American pancake stacks are sure to hit the spot. Opt for the maple syrup, streaky bacon and blueberries, or for a slightly healthier option the fruit, yoghurt and maple syrup number.
On Tuesday Yorkshire Coast Radio will be teaming up with Scarborough Borough Council to host Scarborough Pancake Warriors where teams will be judged on their ability to flip pancakes in fancy dress while racing down the street.
Get excited for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races on Kirkgate, Ripon at 11am on Tuesday. In keeping with hundreds of years of tradition the event will commence on the toll of the Lent Bell on Ripon Cathedral.
Did you know?
The first recorded pancake race was in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445.
349 tosses in two minutes is the record for the most amount of pancakes tossed in the shortest amount of time.
Russian Andrei Smirnov holds the dubious honour of being the biggest pancake glutton on the planet – dispatching 73 in just one hour. Actually quite a sick-making thought.
The largest pancake ever made weighed an astounding 3 tonnes.