Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, coffee shop on Shrove Tuesday

Villagers dropping into the Anchor Coffee shop in Scaynes Hill on Shrove Tuesday were guaranteed a ‘flipping’ good timeFreshly cooked pancakes with a selection of toppings were cooked and served alongside the usual home-made cakes and scones.

Pancake chef and village resident Clive Welland was kept busy all morning cooking, flipping and serving the hungry customers. Many took the chance to try his special recipe – pancakes with dark syrup and pancetta, which he discovered while living and working in the Netherlands.

Clive has cooked pancakes for the village for the past three years and says the secret of a successful pancake is quite simple: “Whisk the batter and store in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.”The pancakes went down a treat with customers who included Vicar Lisa Barnett and daughters Cara and Amy. Lisa is delighted at how the Anchor Coffee Shop, held in the annexe next to St Augustine’s Church, has evolved since it fist opened its doors in 2012.