This Shrove Tuesday why not take a trip with the family to St Albans to feast your way around this historic market town. Whether you remain loyal to the classic lemon and sugared treat or prefer to start the day with Stateside stack, we’ve got three of the best in St Albans, oh and a cheeky crepe or two for a grown-up date night dinner…
Hoorah, Bill’s annual Pancake Party is back and better than ever! This year’s celebratory menu really does cater for the whole family. Little ones can keep is classic with the stalwart lemon and sugar or dip into a caramelised banana and chocolate drizzled dream, whilst mamas can roll out the Glamcakes – two pancake recipes inspired by two of Bill’s fave tipples. The Bramble Mojito, two buttermilk pancakes served with blackberry and mint cream, run and lime syrup or the Amaretto Sour, an indulgent serve of amaretto cream Italian meringue, lemon syrup and toasted almond flakes…enjoy responsibly!
2 Chequer Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3XZ
The Pudding Stop
Possibly the finest pudding emporium in Hertfordshire, The Pudding Stop have extended their sweet offering into the early hours of the morning with their fabulously fluffy buttermilk pancakes. Served until midday you and your nippers can share a stack of these gluten-free goodies, slather with maple syrup and tumble with blueberries for a fruity hit. Grown-ups, why not go the whole hog and add a few rashers of crisp bacon for that salty sweet combo born straight outta the US of A.
6 The Colonade, Verulam Road, St Albans, AL3 4DD
The Breakfast Club
If you prefer your eggs in the morning whipped into a batter and stacked as high as they come then St Albans ever-popular The Breakfast Club is a flipping great choice. Whilst the humble English pancake, sugared and zesty fresh makes an appearance, it’s a true American takeover with two blueberry pancakes and a killer toffee apple stack echoing childhood flavours of funfair toffee apples. Cheese adoring little ones will love their savoury Lox inspired pancake topped with smoked salmon and cream cheese.
The Breakfast Club, 62 Stanhope Rd, St Albans, AL1 5BL
Mum & Dad’s Batter Try This…
A firm family favourite boasting a superb children’s menu, THOMPSON’s Shrove Tuesday 4 course menu is something pretty special and ideal for an early-week date night. At only £35 per person, Phil Thomson has designed a sensational pancake based menu including a brown crab & dill pancake, crème fraiche & burnt Lemon to start leading all the way to a taste of France with his divine blueberry crêpe soufflé served with a blueberry compote & vanilla ice cream. For those who can’t escape the kids for a date night dinner, why not check out Phil Thompson’s Crêpe Soufflé recipe to make in the comfort of your own home.
2 Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3RP
Photo credit: Bill’s Restaurants