Pancake Day 2022

23rd February 2022

Flip, flip hooray – it’s nearly Pancake Day! Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday and is the perfect opportunity to dig out your mixing bowl, whisk and frying pan to whip up a pan-tastic feast for the whole family.

Shrove Tuesday

Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting. On Shrove Tuesday, Christians would go to confession to be ‘shriven’ with the intention to absolve their sins.

Prior to this, a bell would be rung to call people to confession; this being known as the ‘pancake bell’. Shrove Tuesday falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, this means that the date of Pancake Day varies each year. In 2022 Pancake Day will fall on Tuesday 1st March.

Pancake Day traditionally marks the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the fasting for Lent, and pancakes prove the perfect way to use up such ingredients. A pancake is a thin, flat cake made of batter and then fried in a frying pan.

The English pancake is very thin, served immediately once cooked and then filled or topped with either savoury or sweet ingredients. Lemon and sugar or syrup are the preferred choices.

Basic Pancake Recipe

If you’re planning to cook up a storm this Pancake Day, try using the basic pancake recipe below:


100g plain flour
2 eggs
300ml milk
1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil


  1. Add the flour, eggs, oil and 100ml of the milk into a bowl. Whisk them together and then gradually add in the remaining milk. Continuing whisking until you have a smooth batter.
  2. Wipe the oil onto a pan and turn to a medium heat. Pour some batter into the pan and move it around so that the batter is evenly distributed.
  3. Cook each side of the pancake for approximately 30 seconds and until it is golden brown.
  4. Accompany with toppings of your choice!

Prep for Pancake Day at The Pantiles

The Pantiles has a great selection of stores and eateries to ensure your Pancake Day is flipping good fun!

The Zero Waste Company

The Zero Waste Company is the first completely plastic-free store in Tunbridge Wells. Their aim is to provide a zero-waste environment for customers, offering refill stations on bulk goods. Whether you are looking for an eco-solution to your shopping or a place to chill with some like-minded individuals, they have it covered.

They work with a local farm to offer fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. They also offer great coffee and breakfast! Take a cup or container (or use their compostable ones) and take away all the ingredients you’ll need for Pancake Day.

Trevor Mottram

Opening the year that Jamie Oliver was born, Trevor Mottram has been a name at the heart of The Pantiles for over forty years. Stocking everything a kitchen and cook could need, including whisks, mixing bowls, pans and cutlery, they’re your one-stop-shop for pancake essentials this Shrove Tuesday.

Head to The Pantiles prior to Tuesday 1st March to browse and buy ahead of Pancake Day.