What’s On: Burns Night

Hold on to your kilts! With Burns Night (January 25th) fast approaching, we’ve found the the best ways to celebrate the life of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

1 Bistrot de Luxe

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Michelin-starred chef brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin, will be celebrating the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns with a special Burns Night Supper. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, which is hosting the dinner, has partnered with Glenmorangie Whisky to offer guests the full Scottish experience.

Enjoy a six-course meal that showcases the best Scottish ingredients and traditional dishes, including Cullen Skink, Haggis and of course, whisky.

What’s on the menu:
• Highland Canapés, Glenmorangie Original cocktail
• Cullen Skink, Glenmorangie Original Chenin Blanc, Fairview, 2016
• Haggis neeps & tatties Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
• Corbières, Château La Bastide, 2015
• Isle of Mull cheddar & oatcakes
• Ecclefechan Tart, clotted cream, Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or Galvin Port, 10 year old Tawny
• Coffee with honey & whisky chocolates

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Cost: £49 per person.
Tickets: To book, please call 020 7935 4007 or email elise@galvinrestaurants.com.

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2 Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen

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Guests at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen can raise a glass in celebration of Robert Burns and enjoy a traditional night of Scottish fare. Tuck into a six-course feast of delicious, hearty Scottish food, paired with six Balvenie malt whiskies, including a personal introduction of each whisky from a Balvenie Brand Ambassador.

What’s on the menu:
• Whisky cocktails and a selection of canapes including haggis croquettes, smoked salmon and langoustines, blood orange bisque.
• Heather-smoked highland venison, Orkney Scallop served with crispy sea vegetables
• Highland longhorn beef served with traditional swede, pearl barley, crispy onions and mustard cream.
• Clootie custard and a selection of cheeses

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Cost: £95 per person. Limited spaces are available, for group and party bookings.
Tickets: Please call 0207 592 1373 or email groupsandevents@gordonramsay.com to book.

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3 Boisdale

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For those seeking something traditional, look no further than Scottish stalwart Boisdale. On 25th January Boisdale will be flying the flag for tradition this Burns Night with unbeatable Burns menus across their four restaurants in Canary Wharf, Bishopsgate, Belgravia and Mayfair.

The renowned Boisdale restaurants are offering an impressive four course feast of Caledonian fare in honour of Robert Burns, including Orkney salmon and Hebridean crab, Scottish red deer and Aberdeenshire dry-aged beef fillet, and of course the star attraction, roast haggis, served with a full address from Boisdale’s pipers.

At Boisdale of Canary Wharf, The Rat Pack are back on 25th and 26th of January with their unbeatable blend of swing classics, floor filling classic pop and a few Scottish surprises along the way – but it doesn’t stop there. On 27th January Boisdale of Canary Wharf will welcome the superb Complete Madness performing Our House, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun and many more!

Burns Night is one of the strongest symbols of Scotland’s national identity and its ritual has remained unchanged for over 200 years. Like all rituals, the detail is important and in keeping with tradition, Boisdale don’t miss a thing. Hearty Scottish dishes are washed down with quantities of excellent whisky whilst the honourable sound of Bagpipes ring in the background.

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Craft London

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Following the success of last year’s festivities, Craft London and Stevie Parle are teaming up with the award-winning boutique Scotch whisky maker Compass Box for the second year running to host a very special Burns Night celebration on 25th January. It wouldn’t be Burns Night without haggis, neeps and tatties and Craft London’s four-course menu is no exception.

What’s on the menu:
• A welcome ‘Asyla & Grapefruit Tonic’ cocktail to start
• Wood Grilled Langoustines, Sea Kale & Sea Week’ paired with Oak Cross.
• Craft London Haggis’, made using their incredible Yorkshire lamb and a fantastic blend of spices and grains, served with neeps and parsley tatties covered in Craft London’s own cured butter, and a whisky sauce made using Compass Box’s ‘Spice Tree’ signature blend.
• Neal’s Yard cheese and crackers, paired with a ‘Peat Monster’ serve
• ‘Chocolate and Salt Caramel Beignet’, accompanied by ‘Whisky Cream Phenomenology’.

Stevie Parle will be there on the night to introduce each course, and whisky make Jill Boyd and Keiran Cusker the Brand Ambassador for Compass Box, will be on hand to talk through the whiskies they have expertly chosen to be enjoyed. Expect poetry readings, a superb traditional addressing of the haggis and much merriment.

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Cost: £48 per person.
Tickets: Please call 020 8465 5910 or book online here.

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5 Corrigan’s Mayfair 

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Burns Night celebrations at Corrigan’s Mayfair will be lead by Scottish chef and sommelier to the tune of Paddy on the bagpipes.

Scottish chef Ross Bryans will be putting on a Burns Night feast as well as personally reciting the ‘Ode to Haggis’ whilst Scottish sommelier Natalie will offer a ‘Toast to the Ladies’ – all to the tune of the bagpipes played by Richard Corrigan’s trusty and multi-talented doorman Paddy.

Diners will be served Whisky Pairing to accompany each course; dishes like Speyside Whisky cured Scallops, Haggis stuffed Aberdeen Angus Wellington, Clotty dumpling, Glayva custard and Scotch Whisky salted caramels will be on the evening menu.

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Cost: £75 for the 5 courses, £35 for the Whisky flight or £110 for the full menu and Whisky flight to match. Booking advised.
Reservations: Phone 020 7499 9943 or click here to make a booking.

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6 Netherby Hall and Pentonbridge Inn, Cumbria


Celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns on Saturday 20th January at the stunning Cumbrian mansion Netherby Hall, followed by a stay at sister property Pentonbridge Inn, a cosy pub with rooms located  just metres from the Scottish border.

Guests will be hosted by the hall’s owners Gerald and Margo Smith with Lady MacGregor of MacGregor (broadcaster Fiona Armstrong) as toastmaster and will enjoy a traditional supper in Netherby’s Oak Hall featuring soup, haggis, neeps & tatties and cranachan, as well as a glass of whisky or wine to toast.

There will also be an array of speakers and singing including local piper Nigel Bell of the Langholm Pipe Band to welcome in the haggis. Afterwards, guests can retreat to nearby Pentonbridge Inn for a comfortable overnight stay in one of the nine luxuriously designed bedrooms. Or make a weekend of it with an overnight stay on Friday 19 January including Jake and Cassie’s gourmet tasting menu in the restaurant  or stay Sunday night and enjoy their special four course Sunday dining menu.

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Cost: Saturday night B&B with Burns supper is £220 for two people. Friday and Saturday night stay B&B with tasting menu and Burns supper is priced at £330 for two people. Saturday and Sunday night stay B&B with Burns supper and Sunday menu is priced at £280 for two people.
Tickets: For bookings, please call Pentonbridge Inn on 01228 586636 or email gm@pentonbridgeinn.co.uk to make a reservation.

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7 Wedgwood the Restaurant, Edinburgh

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Wedgwood the Restaurant will be serving Burns Supper for only the second time in the restaurant’s history on Thursday 25th January. From the chef who has prepared haggis with Alpaca to Venison and Guinea Pig in between; Paul Wedgwood has prepared a contemporary Scottish menu which is complimented with a whisky flight chosen by Lisa Wedgwood.

What’s on the menu:
• Bubbles and canapés (add £10.00)
• Scotch broth, mushroom soda bread Bailie Nicol Jarvie
• Douglas fir cured salmon, grapefruit, sorrel, rye Old Pulteney
• Sound of Mull scallops, smoked haddock cullen skink Glenkinchie
• Loin of Perthshire venison, haggis, celeriac, chocolate Wedgwood Whisky
• Paul’s selection of the very best of Scottish cheese (supplement £5.00) Bunnahabhain 12 year
• Cranachan
• Clootie dumpling, honeycomb, whisky ice cream Macallan Gold
• Coffee & Petit fours

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Cost: £55 per person, Paired whisky flight £35.
Bookings: Phone 0131 558 8737 or click here to make a booking.

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8 Devonshire Club


Devonshire Club, in the heart of the City, will be hosting a traditional Burns Night supper which draws inspiration from the Scottish larder.

What’s on the menu:
• Cock-a-leekie soup
• Haggis, neeps & tatties or an indulgent Arbroath smokies fish pie.
• Cranachan and whisky-laced coffee, accompanied by a deep-fried Mars Bar.

Diners will also enjoy performances from an internationally acclaimed piper Matthew Supranowicz,  who won the world championship in 2015 with the pipe band Shotts and Dykehead.

Cost: £28 for 2 courses £35 for 3 courses.
Bookings: Phone 020 3750 4545 or click here to make a booking.

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9 The Gallery 


The Gallery in West Hampstead has become renowned for its dual fascinations – whisky and beer. With over 101 whiskies behind the bar – including many impressive and lesser-known Scotch – and a strong beer list, it is the go to West London bar for a boilermaker.

This Burns Night, The Gallery has created a drinks menu for the evening which celebrates a selection of their favourite whiskies and Scottish beers. The menu will include a classic Bobby Burns showcasing Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve (£8.50) and beer and whisky pairings including Chivas 12 with 6° North Four Saisons (£6.50).

Cost: Free entry

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