Saturday 25th January is Burns Night, and where better to commemorate the life of poet Robert Burns than at one of Edinburgh’s finest restaurants!? Perhaps most well known for penning the world-famous poem ‘Auld Land Syne’, Scots across the country will be exuberantly reciting another one of Burns’ famous works come Saturday evening, ‘Address to a Haggis’, when the staple dish of a traditional Burns Night supper is brought out and laid on the host’s table, usually presented on a large dish and accompanied by the sounds of bagpipes.

If you’re craving traditional Burns Night dishes like neeps and tatties, Cullen-skink, cock-a-leekie, and cranachan, or you fancy something a little less traditional, but still very Scottish, like vegan haggis, Inverness-shire venison, or North Sea cod, you’ll find exactly what you’re searching for on the following list.

Born over 260 years ago, Burns Night has been held in the country every year since 1801 when the poet’s friends gathered to mark the anniversary of the man’s death with a feast held in his honour. Continue this glorious foodie tradition and book your table now at one of our favourite restaurants in Edinburgh.

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Wedgwood the Restaurant – EH8 8BQ

After last year’s sell-out Burns Night supper, Wedgwood the Restaurant is once again partnering with The Real Mary King’s Close to bring you an unforgettable evening combining Edinburgh’s incredible hidden history with the city’s best local food and drink.

After a three-course feast at the restaurant and a recital of Burns’ poetry, guests will be escorted to The Real Mary King’s Close for a one-hour private tour of the uniquely preserved streets and hidden spaces beneath Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. To finish, guests will raise a glass to Scotland’s favourite son in the beautiful Burgh Courtroom with a dram of whisky.

The three-course Burns supper will begin with the likes of Mull of Kintyre Cheddar and onion bread and butter pudding, with soused fennel, fennel ice cream, and pickled tomato, and Douglas fir-cured salmon with pink grapefruit and cucumber, followed by mains of North Sea cod, with crispy capers and Cullen skink, or the Inverness-shire venison, accompanied by its own haggis, creamed leeks, beetroot, basil pesto, and truffled jus. After finishing with raspberry and blackberry cranachan or sticky toffee pudding with Caol Ila butterscotch and vanilla ice cream, you’ll be so impressed with your dining experience that you’ll be inspired to write your own poetry celebrating the night.

Ishka – EH3 8BU

Join Ishka for a weekend celebrating the best of Scottish fare. This Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January, Ishka will be honouring the Scottish legend by offering guests delicious specials made from high-quality, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, bespoke cocktails, as well as an exceptional selection of drams of course.

Conveniently located in the bustling business district of Edinburgh opposite the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and only minutes from the city centre and Haymarket train station, with mouth-watering menus that change with the seasons, the kitchen team at this charming eatery creates must-try contemporary Scottish dishes with Mediterranean influences. The sophisticated but laid-back ambience makes Ishka the ideal spot for an intimate dinner for two. The interior is composed of a unique combination of marble, natural wood and leather seating, lending the spacious venue a warm feel that’s perfectly complemented by casual and welcoming service. The bar – a striking centrepiece – also boasts a selection of fine wine, craft beer, and spirits, all carefully selected by the knowledgeable team.

Whighams Wine Cellars – EH2 4EL

Known for its warm welcome, high-quality wine, and fresh seafood, Whighams Wine Cellars on Charlotte Square in Edinburgh is the ideal spot in which to truly relax and unwind. Whether you’re stopping by for Jazz Club on Sunday, taking in some live piano music on Saturday, or participating in Wine Club on the last Wednesday of the month, this contemporary modern British restaurant is where you’ll want to be no matter the occasion or event.

This Saturday 25th January, join Whighams Wine Cellars for a traditional Burns Night supper. For just £18.95 per person, start with the likes of cock-a-leekie soup or potato and leek soup before moving onto mains of haggis or a vegetarian version served with creamed mash potatoes, bashed neeps, and a whisky sauce, accompanied by a dram of Johnnie Walker black label. Finishing with cranachan, a classic Scottish dessert of fresh raspberries, cream, whisky, and light toasted oats, this is exactly what Burns Night supper should be; a celebratory traditional Scottish feast Robert Burns himself would be proud of. Burns did write a poem honouring haggis after all.

Angels Share Hotel, Bar & Restaurant – EH2 4EL

Stroll along to Angels Share Hotel, Bar & Restaurant situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town this Burns Night and celebrate everything that’s unique and wonderful about Scottish culture. Inside the hotel, you’ll find a series of beautiful bedrooms each themed around a different Scottish icon, so where better than here to raise a nip to one of Scotland’s biggest stars? This Saturday 25th January, celebrate Burns Night by sampling one of the hotel’s whisky flights while digging into a delicious supper and listening to live music playing until late.

Whether you’re stopping by for a drink, enjoying a relaxed city break, or indulging in a luxurious three-course meal, the Angles Share’s outstanding service and the team’s unbeatable commitment to quality will have you planning your next visit before the night is over. Taking its name from the term for the small amount of alcohol that evaporates during whisky fermentation, it will come as no surprise that the hotel places a heavy focus on this traditionally Scottish spirit. The drinks menu boasts an impressive array of whisky from all over the country; you can even discover a selection of tempting cocktails, as well as wine, craft beer, and a selection of gins.

Hendersons of Edinburgh – EH2 1DR

After a brilliantly busy Burns Night last year, Hendersons of Edinburgh, one of the city’s finest vegetarian and vegan hotspots, will be bringing their vegan Burns supper back for an evening of delicious meat-free dishes, canapés, drinks, poetry readings, and live music.

The Burns vegan supper will start with Cullen skink soup with croutons and crusty bread, followed by Hendersons’ plant-based haggis served with red wine gravy, root mash, and seasonal greens, and finishing with the very Scottish dessert cranachan. The event will begin at 7pm with canapés and fizz served on arrival at their basement restaurant in Hanover Street and will cost £30 per person.

Serving Edinburgh’s foodies locally and ethically sourced produce, Hendersons has grown rapidly and now boasts a deli and a bistro. The imaginative menu changes regularly to showcase the best of the season’s produce and is carefully set out so you can see exactly which ingredients are in every dish, so many of the dishes can also be prepared for gluten- and nut-free diets.

An Edinburgh institution with an international reputation, there’s no better place to be this Burns Night.

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