Get ready for Pancake Day 2021!

The last year or so has made us grateful for the small things in life... like pancakes. So celebrate Shrove Tuesday in style.

It’s one of the best days in the calendar, isn’t it? Flipping American-style fluffy pancakes, crepe-style pancakes and topping them with lashings of maple syrup, a squeeze or two of lemon and a sprinkling of sugar or (controversially) cheese and mango chutney. Hey, we aren’t judging. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Whether you’re looking for all the gear to make your own or you fancy just heating up some ready-made beauties, we’ve got everything you need. Just skip to the next section.

When is Pancake Day 2021?

Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 16 March 2021 this year. The day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, marks the start of Lent – the 40 days of fasting before Easter.

Pancake Day is held on a different day every year because it’s tied to the Easter calendar, which is celebrated on the first full moon after the spring equinox. In 2021, Easter Sunday will fall on 4 April.

Why do we celebrate Pancake Day?

Traditionally, Pancake Day is celebrated by Christians, but pretty much everyone will enjoy a pancake or two on Shrove Tuesday.

In years gone by, Christians would fast during Lent, making Shrove Tuesday the very last time when people could enjoy eating anything. Meats and fresh produce that would spoil would have already been used up in preparation for the fast, with only cupboard staples like flour, eggs and butter left.

Pancakes were the ideal recipe for all those lovely ingredients and so Pancake Day was born.

Why is Pancake Day called Shrove Tuesday?

The word “shrove” is from the English word “shrive”, which refers to the confession of sins in preparation of Lent.

Is Pancake Day celebrated internationally?

It sure is. You’ll find happy people flipping pancakes in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada. But also in France, the USA and other countries, where it’s fondly referred to as “Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday”.

How to celebrate Pancake Day in 2021

If anything could lift our spirits in lockdown, it’s pancakes. So take a look at our shopping expert’s pick of all the best gear to get your hands on.


Could you do with a new non-stick pan just in time for Pancake Day? Take a look at these picks below, from copper stone to authentic aluminium.

Tefal Everyday Cook 24cm Non-Stick Frying Pan
Tefal Everyday Cook 24cm Non-Stick Frying Pan



Having the right utensils can help prevent a full-on pancake disaster in your kitchen. Whether it’s a ladle, a spatula or a classy whisk, here’s everything you’ll need to put on your A game.

Umite Chef Kitchen Cooking Utensils Set, 24 pcs Non-Stick Silicone Cooking Kitchen Utensils
Umite Chef Kitchen Cooking Utensils Set, 24 pcs Non-Stick Silicone Cooking Kitchen Utensils


John Lewis & Partners Stainless Steel Large Balloon Whisk
John Lewis & Partners Stainless Steel Large Balloon Whisk

John Lewis & Partners

Pancake mix

Not keen on making your pancakes from scratch? No problem, you can buy pre-made pancake mix just as easily. There are even some high-protein options to try!

Pancake toppings

Everyone has their own preferences, from Nutella and strawberries to paneer cheese and mango chutney! If you’re looking for a lower calorie option though, we’ve got you covered.

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