If there’s one good reason to get stuck into fantastic Scottish grub in January, it’s Burns Night on 25 Jan – the 200-year-old festivity celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns, one of Scotland’s (and the world’s) most beloved poets. Whether you’re a born-and-bred Scotsman or are just looking to get in on the fun, you’ll find plenty of celebrations in the City next week; below, we’ve rounded up four of our favourites:
Thursday 23 Jan:
Burns-Inspired Supper at Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant
Dust down your kilt for this celebratory supper in the glittering courtyard of the Royal Exchange. Fortnum’s are throwing a Burns-inspired dinner featuring a four-course menu of Fortnum’s Piccadilly smoked salmon with soda bread, neeps and Arran Victory tatties with whisky sauce, and plenty more – including haggis, of course. Begin with a Glenmorangie Whisky Sour or a glass of Fortnum’s champagne, and enjoy each course paired with Fortnum’s wine or Glenmorangie whiskies. Tables are available to book from 6.30pm, and you can enjoy live music from 7pm. Click here to book and learn more.
Friday 24 Jan:
Laphroaig x Guildhall Supper Club
What better way to celebrate Burns Night than with a glass of top-range Scotch whisky? Hawksmoor are throwing a unique supper club this month in their beautiful private dining room in the Guildhall venue, where you’ll get an introduction to the world of Laphroaig – the cold-smoked whisky – via a Triple Wood Highball, a special cocktail created for the event, alongside traditional-inspired food including haggis nuggets, smoked salmon & soda bread, and a selection of 35 dry-age cuts (it is Hawksmoor, after all). Click here to view the full menu.
If you can’t make the 24th, don’t worry, you won’t be missing out on all the celebrations – Hawksmoor are offering a Laphroaig Popcorn Old Fashioned cocktail for £6 throughout January (pictured above). Made with 10-year-old whisky, popcorn syrup, pink saline drops and chocolate bitters, it’s a drink that Robbie would be proud of.
Saturday 25 Jan:
Burns Night Dinner at Bread Street Kitchen
You’ll find plenty happening on the night itself – including a four-course Scottish feast at Bread Street Kitchen, with each course paired beautifully with a different Laphroaig whisky. Featuring some of the Scottish classics, including Cullen skink and a variety of canapés, haggis lovers will also be thrilled with Bread Street Kitchen’s twist on the famous dish – combining it with venison loin to create the Highland Venison & Haggis Wellington. Click here to view the menu and learn more.
Saturday 25 Jan:
Burns Night at South Place Chop House
Keep it simple at South Place Chop House with a fantastic classic three-course menu – Cullen skink, traditional haggis with neeps and tatties, followed by a Scotch whisky trifle with toasted oats and highland honey. Wash it down with Harviestoun beer and be sure to save room for a sing-song – you’ll toast the night with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Click here to view the menu and learn more.
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