Where to celebrate Burns Night in London
Burns Night, the celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday falls on Friday 25th January. Are you looking for somewhere in London to celebrate Burns Night? There are plenty of London restaurants digging out their kilts, brushing off their bagpipes and preparing to say the address to a haggis. Here is a list of places in the capital holding a Burns night:
Fancy something a bit different? Min Jiang is a Chinese restaurant perched ten floors up above Kensington Gardens are offering a Chinese-Scottish fusion. Their ‘Chinese Burns’ deal for two (£30) includes; a whisky sour cocktail each and a range of haggis dim sum, yes, haggis dim sum!
The Blueprint Café near Tower Bridge is serving a Burns Supper set menu of Scotch broth, haggis croquettes, and roasted haunch of venison with whisky and juniper costing £20 for two courses, £25 for three.
Limehouse gastropub will honour Robert Burns with a special menu of Scottish broth, followed by haggis, neeps and tatties (or roasted bream), and rhurbarb crumble with whisky and ginger ice-cream. This is part of Gordon Ramsay’s fortnight-long restaurant festival GR2013. The set menu costs £20.13 per person, with £2 going to charity Help for Heroes.
York and Albany
A traditional menu of cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps and tatties or Scottish salmon and cranachan with Highland raspberries is on offer at this elegant Camden dining room, part of the Gordon Ramsay empire. This menu costs just £20.13 per person, with £2 donated to Help for Heroes.
If you don’t want to go for the full meal then Kettner’s is offering both set menus (£20 for two courses, £25 for three courses) and individual dishes if you just fancy a taster.
Green’s Oyster Bar
If you want to go the full hog with pipers, tartan and poetry then book a table at Green’s Oyster Bar. They are promising that ‘no other Burns night supper in London will compare‘. Their hearty Scottish inspired menu will make for a fabulously traditional evening.
The Inspiring office is just around the corner from this lovely pub and restaurant and the team can’t recommend it enough. Their Burns night supper will kick-off with a short introduction to whisky and its history over a welcome ‘dram’ and canapés before digging in to a traditional four course Scottish meal. Expect all the trimmings of a traditional Burns night including; pipe music, the Selkirk Grace and the Bards ‘Address to a Haggis’.
Fancy holding you own Burns Night supper? Here are a few essentials:
• Haggis, neeps and tatties (turnips/swedes and potatoes)
• Scotch whisky
• Traditional Scottish music. If you know a bagpipe player then great, if not then a CD of Scottish music will do!
• Copies of Burns’ work to recite on the evening, such as: Address to a Haggis, Selkirk Grace and Immortal Memory.
• Tartan and lots of it. Kilts, table cloths, napkins, hats, brooches…the lot!
Happy Burns’ Night!
Hannah is a Digital Marketing Executive at Inspiring. She blogs about food here: datedinners.com and tweets about food here: @misshana_. She squeezes in time for graduate careers advice and commuting rants too.