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Pancake Day: 7 ways to mark Mardi Gras in Hertfordshire

12:33 28 February 2022

14:01 February 28, 2022

There are many ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Hertfordshire, whether you like sweets or not.

Events take place across the county, along with a plethora of venues offering alternatives to the usual Pancake Day celebrations.

Whether you’re sticking to tradition or getting creative with your March 1st celebrations, we’ve put together a list of ways to mark the occasion.

Here are 7 ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Hertfordshire.

1. Attend Pancake Night!, Stevenage

Pancake Party! at Stevenage promises “a fun afternoon” with crafts, games, competitions and, of course, pancakes.

The majority of activities taking place at the event are aimed at primary school children, however, siblings are also welcome and parents are reminded to stay with their children at all times.

The party starts at 2 p.m. and will continue until around 4 p.m. A Christian talk will take place in the afternoon, with the event being hosted by the Evangelical Church of Longmeadow.

The party takes place on Sunday, March 6, with only one ticket required per family. Tickets are free and can be pre-registered online.

2. Eat at Waffle House, St Albans

The Waffle House in St Albans has been family owned since 1978, and although it doesn’t serve pancakes, the establishment still offers the same sweet or savory choice.

A range of daily specials complement the great classics such as “the big breakfast” and the “chilli con carne” waffles. Sweet options such as “banoffee” and “hot Dutch apple” offerings are also available.

All waffles are made to order and gift certificates are available for purchase.

The setting of a Grade II listed 16th century watermill adds to the excitement, sitting on the River Ver in the St Albans Conservation Area.

3. Host an Oriental Pancake Day, Welwyn Garden City

American-style “scotch” pancakes and French pancakes aren’t the only way to celebrate Pancake Day, with the oft-overlooked Chinese pancakes also on offer.

These thin pancakes made from flour and water are often used to wrap Peking duck and salad in a Cantonese recipe for aromatic duck.

Tripadvisor’s top-rated place to try these pancakes in Welwyn Garden City is Hakalok Restaurant, a traditional Thai restaurant, not far from Knightsfield Park.

The establishment offers an alternative to lamb which also comes with pancakes, if duck is not your favorite meat.

4. Try Potty’s Diner, Potters Bar

Potty’s Pancake and Burger Bar has been around since 2013 and is an American-themed restaurant, offering everything from waffles to burgers and, most importantly, pancakes.

Its stalls, murals and memorabilia all add to the 1950s American decor, while milkshakes and coffee complement the choice of small American-style crepes or French crepes.

The cafe’s website proudly states: “The difference between Potty’s and other places is the effort to make every meal as healthy as possible, it’s not a greasy spoonful.

“If you like a lively atmosphere reminiscent of a 50s restaurant, then Potty Pancakes is the place to be.”

5. Have a boozy Mardi Gras, Hitchin

The popular Pitcher & Piano bar and restaurant in Hitchin often serves pancakes on Shrove Tuesday despite its fame for bottomless brunches and cocktails.

Now present in several cities across the UK, the Pitcher & Piano offers “a sophisticated getaway to suit every occasion” with an extensive and varied menu.

Roast dinners are available on Sundays, and a hearty breakfast offering is also available, with the venue offering dining options throughout the day.

The Hitchin branch is located at 31 Market Place, and promotes an airy and relaxed atmosphere.

6. Accept the offer of the White Horse, Harpenden

The White Horse in Harpenden serves a mix of sweet and savory pancakes on March 1.

They even launched a competition via their Facebook page, in which customers are invited to comment on their pancake suggestions. The comment with the most likes will win and appear on the pub’s promotions board.

The White Horse won the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s “Food Made Good” award in 2021, and the venue has a spacious outdoor patio with a fire pit.

For those not looking for pancakes this Shrove Tuesday, the pub has plenty on its menu, including duck shepherd’s pie and 10oz pork chops.

7. Enjoy the religious side of Mardi Gras, Hatfield

For those wishing to mark the origins of Pancake Day, St Johns in Hatfield invites all to “enjoy the fellowship and friendship” of the church.

The religious organization also offers pancakes from 6 p.m. on March 1.

The church is located on Bishop’s Rise and also holds a prayer vigil for Ukraine starting at 7 p.m.