Discover the best places to celebrate Burns Night with tipples, haggis and tatties aplenty…
For homesick Scots and curious Sassenachs who can’t get north of the border for Burns Night, there’s only one place to address the haggis and that’s at Boisdale, Scotland’s unofficial embassy in London. Traditional Burns Night Dinner will be served at all four Boisdale sites: Belgravia, Bishopsgate (pictured), Canary Wharf and Mayfair, from mid-January onwards. Be transported deep into the Scottish Highlands with a resplendent feast (priced from £48), including potted Arbroath smokies with horseradish cream, pickled cucumber & toasted sourdough; roast Dumfriesshire blackface haggis with bashed neeps & tatties and served with a noggin of whisky.
Burns Night at Irish chef Richard Corrigan’s restaurant Corrigan’s Mayfair off Park Lane has become something of a tradition and this year the celebrations return on 25th January. Expect a reciting of the ‘Ode to Haggis’ and a ‘Toast to the Ladies’ – all to the tune of the bagpipes played by Richard Corrigan’s trusty doorman Paddy. Diners will be served a whisky pairing to accompany each course and enjoy Cullen Skink Scottish Soup, Bannock Bread followed by Baked Hand Dived Orkney Scallops, Seaweed Butter and then Aberdeen Angus Beef Wellington Haggis, Neeps & Tatties. Priced at £75pp for 5 courses plus £35 for the Whisky flight (or wine alternative).
Following a sold-out 2018, Quo Vadis is has announced the Quo Vadis & Friends 2019 part one line up. The series sees chef patron, Jeremy Lee, invite his friends from some of the most exciting kitchens in London and further afield, to come and cook on the second floor of the Quo Vadis club. For the first event of the 2019 series, London’s favourite flatbread fiddlers, Black Axe Mangal return to the stoves at Quo Vadis for an alternative Burns Night feast with Quo Vadis’ very own Scottish bard, Jeremy. Previous years have seen foie gras ice cream doughnuts, duck eggs with whipped sea urchins and monk’s beard, mutton with ‘numbing spices’, and the very big, pink and alight ‘Cock em bouche’ dessert. Expect the traditional ‘Neeps and tatties’ from QV’s Jeremy Lee, bagpipes, naturally, and ‘Addressing the haggis.’
This Burns Night, the Cutty Sark Theatre is hosting a special ceilidh to celebrate the work and life of Robert Burns. It’s the perfect place to celebrate Scotland’s national poet as the historic tea clipper was itself named for Robert Burns’ beloved poem Tam o’ Shanter. You can dance the night away in the Sammy Ofer Gallery – underneath the gleaming hull of this historic tea clipper – from 7pm on 25 January with plenty of traditional food, drink and a chance to see a special performance from a Highland piper. Priced at £35.
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