Pancakes for Pancake Day
Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day – so we went in search for pancakes and found out that The Botanist was in the groove!
Well, it started off rather strange – not pancakes that we’re familiar with. Prawn, queen scallop, chorizo pancake with lobster bisque dressing?
George was sitting on Mummy’s chair and he didn’t even bother to have a look. He had absolutely no interest. Aha! Along came something that smells more like it! Can I see what’s on offer? Oh yes, I’d like some of that please. Thank you for sharing a small bite!
May’s comment: Shrove Tuesday also known as Pancake Day in some countries. It takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday, precedes Ash Wednesday and marks the last day before Lent (a period of abstinence).
The word shrove, derived from the word shrive, means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and penance.
Shrove Tuesday is associated with clearing your cupboards of sugar, fat and eggs – all the ingredients for a pancake, I suppose. But it seems that Pancake Day originated from a pagan holiday – when the round pancakes symbolising the sun celebrates the arrival of spring! Hooray! Are we there yet?
The Botanist serves simple Modern British food served at tables or the bar. However dogs are only allowed at the bar area – which is plenty fine.
Avoid evenings as it gets very crowded. Breakfast and lunch are easy. We went for dinner and the security guard wouldn’t let us in. I asked him to check with management (we’ve been before) and he came back to say – it’s ok but not Darcy, only George. Needless to say, I told him we’ve been inside before and they sit under the table. Anyway, think he appreciated my persistence because he helped us locate a table! LOL! Actually, ran into a long-lost friend, Hazel who then gave me her table. Address: 7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE
The Pancake Day Menu