Pancake Day 2023

14th February 2023

Flipping fantastic – it’s nearly Pancake Day! Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it is more commonly known, is the traditional feast day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. It is the chance to grab your mixing bowl, whisk and frying pan and dish up a mouth-watering meal for the family.

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday marks the day when 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 2023 Pancake Day will fall on Tuesday 21st February.

Life’s Batter with Pancakes!

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.

If the humble pancake isn’t enough of a treat, then there are endless topping ideas you can use to pimp it! Whether it’s chocolate spread, lemon juice and sugar, maple syrup or even cheese, there’s plenty of ways to tickle those taste buds. Here are some mouth-watering topping ideas:

Lemon and Sugar – The good old traditional lemon and sugar topping is the perfect combination of sweet and sour.

Fruit and Nuts – Bring some crunch to your pancakes by adding nuts to your favourite fruits.

Berries and Yoghurt – For a healthier alternative, add fat free yoghurt with strawberries and/or blueberries. Or why not use tropical fruits like pineapple, mango and coconut.

Nutella and Peanut Butter – This duo is to die for! Spread Nutella on one pancake and peanut butter onto another. Make a pancake sandwich with the two and you’ll be in pancake heaven.

Chocolate and Ice Cream – Who doesn’t enjoy a good helping of chocolate and ice cream? This is the ultimate combination of indulgence.

Apple and Cinnamon – Cook chopped apple pieces and boil them with a sprinkling of cinnamon for a flavoursome filling.

Mushrooms & Cheese – If pancakes are already too sweet for you, fry up some mushrooms and melt some cheese for a savoury filling.

Vegan Breakfast – Why not have a vegan breakfast with your pancakes?! Add some tomatoes, vegan sausages, spinach and fried potatoes.

Easy 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!

Prepping for Pancakes 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.

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 21st February to browse and buy ahead of Pancake Day.