It’s that time of the year again when, thanks to Rabbie Burns, we are encouraged to grab a wee dram of whisky, indulge in the ‘great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race’ and give haggis the appreciation it deserves! Even if your dietary preferences rule out Scotland’s national dish, you should absolutely embrace Burns Night by celebrating Scottish culture, tradition and – what we’re most concerned with – larder.
Here’s a list of some wonderful restaurants to bring out the Scot in us all.
The Pompadour by Galvin, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, Monday 25th January
It’s only right to start off in the Scottish capital, and you won’t find a more lavish place to dine on Burns Night than in The Calendonian at the Waldorf Astoria. Their five-course menu is a real ode to Scottish produce from Perthshire partridge with an irresistible truffle emulsion to butter-poached lobster caught in Eyemouth on the Scottish borders. After finishing the last of your Highland cheeses with oatcakes and chutney, roll out and join the lively celebrations on Princes Street.
£85pp 7pm. Additional wine pairing option.
Le Mazot, Whatley Manor, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, Monday 25th January:
Let Michelin starred chef, Martin Burge, cook his way to your bonnie heart with a three-course menu including the traditional dish of haggis, neaps and tatties. At Le Mazot, your noggin will never run dry thanks to a wide array of whiskies ready to complement each course. Enjoy a Glencadam 1991 alongside a starter of Cullen skink and some sweet Macallan Gold to wash down the Scottish clootie dumpling.
3 courses £32.25pp. Whisky from £10 per 50ml.
Loch Fyne, Nationwide, Monday 25th January
Steeped in Scottish heritage, your nearest Loch Fyne restaurant is an ideal venue for a Burns Night celebration. Wherever you are the UK its three traditional courses will never be far away and will certainly make for a memorable meal. On second thoughts, after a complimentary dram of Talisker and the rich whisky sauce of the haggis, neaps and tatties, maybe it won’t be so memorable after all, but definitely delicious! If you’re not a haggis fan, then their sensational salmon fillet with sautéed potatoes will be on offer too.
Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Leicester, Saturday 23rd January
For a real taste of culture, you’ll want to head to the Barnsdale Lodge Hotel in the East Midlands, where traditional pipers and ceilidh dancing will accompany a fabulous four-course dinner. Robert Burns’ famous poem ‘Ode to a Haggis’ will be read out in the customary manner before the meal and all in all it’s bound to be a very entertaining evening. Special discounts on accommodation will also be available over the weekend.
4 courses £28.00pp. 1 night stay for 2 £65.
The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley, Yorkshire, Sunday 24th
This Burns Night event has a few things to surprise you with this year. Ever tried Irn Bru sorbet? Now you can, to the sound of traditional bagpipes! As if that wasn’t enough, the restaurant also doubles as the Helmsley Gallery in the daytime. Smoked orange-cured salmon will be the dish of the evening followed by coffee, Scottish tablet and whisky fudge. The venue also asks Burns Night guests to ‘embrace the evening’s quirkiness with a dash of tartan’, so dig out your kilt and sporran and head over to Helmsley.
Hix Restaurants, London, Monday 25th January
These restaurants need no introduction; you know that when you’re dining at one of Mark Hix’s venues, it will be nothing short of top quality. Whether you choose to dine in Soho or the Oyster & Chop House, they are offering a three-course Scottish menu that will make you want to belt out a Robbie Burns poem loud and proud. Two fantastic main meal options are the traditional Blackface haggis and red deer curry with basmati rice and crispy shallots.
If you’re lucky enough and spaces are still available, you can also book onto Mark Hix and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli’s Burns Night Banquet at Brown’s Hotel here.
Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow, Monday 25th January
Back up to Scotland we go for the fabulously named Ubiquitous Chip. With songs and poetry galore, the atmosphere will be set by music from the Last Tram Tae Auchenshuggle as you tuck into a four-course Burns Supper. With an obligatory dram to toast the haggis, The Chip will host an iconic night celebrating the history and larder of the Scots.
Boisdale, Belgravia, Canary Wharf and Bishopgate, London, Saturday 23rd & Monday 25th January
There’s so much choice with Boisdale’s, including which restaurant you dine at and what day you want to celebrate Burns Night – you could even do it twice! Well what more can we expect from London’s leading Scottish restaurant? You will experience the whole pomp and ceremony with pipers in full Highland regalia to pipe in the haggis, a speaker in 18th-century period costume reading ‘Ode to a Haggis’, and the dish itself will be given the traditional stabbing! This event will have so much spirit – and I’m not just talking about their whisky bar.
Canary Wharf £55pp, Belgravia £45pp and Bishopgate £35pp.
Fresh Bistro, Newquay, Monday 25th January
Even in the faraway lands of Cornwall can you celebrate this Scottish national day! Indulge in a delectable menu with lots of options to choose from including an Aberdeen Angus roast rib of beef, Scottish smoked salmon rosti potato or pan fried venison with a rich port wine. Keeping it traditional, Fresh offers a raspberry and honey cranachan or shortbread with fresh strawberries for dessert.
Here are our suggestions for other Burn’s Night dinner venues: