5 places to go in Berkshire this Shrove Tuesday

PUBLISHED: 09:21 11 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:42 12 February 2020

Pancakes at Bluegrass BBQ

Pancakes at Bluegrass BBQ


There are plenty of ways to have a flippin’ good time

The Launchpad Pancake Race

The annual Launchpad Pancake Race is a super-fun event that has seen local businesses flip pancakes down Broad Street every Shrove Tuesday for over 20 years. Egged on by cheering crowds, teams raise money for Launchpad by relay-racing in fancy dress - and the winner gets the coveted frying pan trophy! This year's race takes place on 25 February on Broad Street, Reading.

If you're a business local to Reading, get your colleagues together and enter a team of four. Don't forget to plan your fancy-dress outfits too! Not only will you raise money for Launchpad but you will also have a chance to win the coveted frying pan trophy - and other fantastic prizes.

Your team registers at Broad Street Mall before joining the Pancake Race parade to the start line on Broad Street. You will then take part in a series of knock-out heats, tossing pancakes along the way. The winning team are the first over the finish line, without dropping their pancakes.

To enter, complete an application form, along with a payment of £50 made payable to Launchpad Reading. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and one team per company is permitted... Have an eggcellent time. launchpadreading.org.uk

Flippin' Pancake Challenge

The race is on to find the 'batter' and best teams in the 2020 Pancake Race at Windsor Royal Station on Shrove Tuesday.

Teams of four line up to race, relay-fashion, along a 50-metre course, tossing their pancakes three times to a minimum height of two feet as they compete for a frying pan trophy.

Teams are encouraged to don the gear of the 15th-century housewife, with a prize for best-dressed team. Organised by the Windsor, Eton and Ascot Town Partnership and Windsor Royal Station, the race is for businesses and proceeds go to the Windsor Homeless Project, More than a Shelter and Christmas Light Fund raising team. £40 per team.

Email paul.roach@rbwm.gov.uk

Stack 'em up at Bill's

Head to Bill's in Reading or Newbury and try their buttermilk pancakes.

Fancy banana, strawberries and blueberries? Tick. Smoked streaky bacon? Tick. Just add Bill's pancake syrup.

Will you go for a three-stack or five-stack?


American-style at Bluegrass BBQ

We can recommend the made-fresh-to-order American-style fluffy pancakes at Bluegrass BBQ in Windsor or Reading. Usually, they're served at breakfast time, but on Pancake Day this year, they will be serving them all day and night, so you can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner !

Bluegrass have an extensive list of savoury and sweet options, including their slow-smoked pulled pork pancakes with maple syrup, the popular baconana stack and their indulgent but delicious s'mores pancakes with melted marshmallows and chocolate chips.

As specials for Pancake Day they'll be doing XXL pancakes - so huge you can choose two different sets of toppings for each half! Also try the Pancake Batter Fried Chicken Skewers served with maple syrup, icing sugar and maple mayo. Is your mouth watering yet?


Sweet breakfast at Cafe Yolk

Enjoy a sweet breakfast at the original award-winning brunch restaurant, Cafe Yolk, in Reading. Their pancakes are made to order in-house with your choice of delicious toppings including bacon and maple, blueberry and clotted cream, bananna and salted caramel, mixed berries and creme anglaise, warm apples and cinnamon or strawberry cheesecake.

The perfect Shrove Tuesday treat!


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