One of our favourite nights of the year, the time has come to grab your kilt and kick back a wee dram of whiskey. Celebrated on or close to the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday – this year on 25th January – Burns Night dates as far back as 1801 and is steeped in tradition. Whether a raucous gathering or formal affair, Burns Night Suppers are characterised by a number of rituals, such as piping in the guests (and later on, the haggis), a reading of Burns’ Address to a Haggis and a toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns. After a lavish banquet of iconic Scottish dishes, finish off your evening with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne then head to the dance floor for a ceilidh.
In this week’s The Edit, we have put together a list of our favourite spots in London to celebrate Burns Night in true Scottish style.
THE MARKSMAN | 254 Hackney Rd, London E2 7SJ
Celebrate poet Robert Burns at The Marksman with a five-course dinner of Arbroath Smokie Rissoles, Cured Sea Trout, Haggis, the traditional Scottish dessert Cranachan and cheese, including the best of single malt whiskies.
MR FOGG’S | 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, London W1J 6JD
Mr Fogg’s encourages guests to kilt up for the most Scottish night of year. There will be piping, haggis canapes, poetry recitals and (of course) Glenfiddich toasting.
PLUM+SPILT MILK | Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB
Plum+Spilt Milk is hosting a four-course Burns Night dinner with traditional dishes such as haggis, neeps and tatties, fillet of beef, and Arbroath Smokie, leek and whisky soup. The traditional Cranachan and everything will be served with matching whisky and cocktails.
January 19th 2017