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The best London restaurants for Burns Night

haggis for burns nightA celebration of the life of famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, the ‘Burns Night’ supper (Saturday 25 January 2014) has quickly worked its way into our dining calendars. Long a tradition in both Scotland and Northern Ireland, these suppers are now forming a following here.

Whilst the London restaurant scene still lacks a strong Scottish representation, establishments ranging from pubs through to Michelin-starred dining rooms invite diners to enjoy this annual celebration of Scottish culture.

Many Londoners are now discovering the joys of sipping a dram and feasting on Scottish dishes including the classic meal of haggis, neeps and tatties. It’s also cheering to see an increasing number of events putting entertainment and theatre in the form of poetry, bagpipes and dancing at the heart of their offer alongside food and drink.

We've chosen a selection of Burns Night events, which range from the traditional through to quirky, taking place across the capital over the coming week.

 

Burns Banquet at Brown’s Hotel

Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP

Mark Hix and Hardeep Singh Kohli will come together on Friday 24th January to celebrate the life of Robbie Burns in the elegant surroundings of Brown’s Hotel. Hix, Director of Food at the hotel, has put together a four-course supper using fine Scottish produce. Priced at £95, the traditional feast includes dishes such as saddle of Kingairloch red deer, Black face haggis with Glenmorangie and sea buckthorn cranachan as well as a bottle of wine for each guest.

Both Hix and Hardeep will be present on the night, flaming the haggis and entertaining guests throughout the evening.

To book a place at Hix and Hardeep’s Burns Night Banquet visit the HIX website

 

Burns supper club at the Princess Victoria

217 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 9DH

Recently taken over by the Truffle Hunting restaurant group, the Princess Victoria dining room, bar and wine shop are hosting their very own ode to the haggis in the form of an ‘Ashes, Smokes and Burns’ Supper Club on Thursday 23rd January. Head Chef Matt Reuther will serve a £30 three-course set menu of oak smoked langoustine and bacon cassoulet, followed by Scottish mutton haggis, smouldered garlic neaps and tatties and a dessert of Applewood roasted quince, cranachan and Laphroaig.

Find out more about the Princess Victoria

 

Burns at Benares

Celebrate Burns night with an Indian twist at Atul Kochhar’s Benares restaurant. The Michelin-starred restaurant will be serving a selection of special cocktails in the Benares bar. The cocktails, named The Scottish Poet, Mr. B and Old Lang Syne are priced at  £13.50 and are available all week from 20th – 25th January. Guests can also opt to enjoy two of the cocktails alongside their Burns Night platter for £25. This platter includes smoked salmon and potato chaat, haggis samosa with whisky yoghurt and root vegetable tikki with mint and tamarind chutney.

Find out more about Benares

 

Seven Park Place Scottish tasting menu

William Drabble, Head Chef of the Michelin-starred Seven Park Place has devised a six-course tasting menu from the four corners of Scotland. The £69 menu (£123 with wine pairing) is made up of a combination of classic Scottish dishes and modern takes. Expect to see smoked haddock soup and saddle of Scottish highland venison alongside Drabble’s signature dish, ravioli of haggis. Whisky fans will be given the opportunity to enjoy a glass of Highland Park 18 year old to toast the haggis with.

See booking details for Seven Park Place.

 

Week long Scottish menu at LeCoq

217 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 9DH

The menu at LeCoq, Islington's Rotisserie Chicken joint, changes every week and there's a special Scottish menu on all week long. For starters there's .Sea Kale, Celery, Samphire, Orange Butter & Oats or Black Pudding, Haddock & A Poached Egg. The chicken will come with Barley & Braised Swede and for dessert there's Whiskey Marmalade Tart or Raspberry Sorbet & A Wee Shortbread. Plus there's a special whiskey menu too! All this is the usual price of £17 (£26 with two glasses of whisky) for two courses or £22 for three. (£35 with three glasses of whisky).  

Find out more about LeCoq

 

The White Horse, Parsons Green

Beer lovers are being put first this Saturday 25th Jan at The White Horse. The Parsons Green pub has teamed up with Scottish craft brewers Brewmeister to present a five course menu complete with beer matches. Dishes such as Cullen Skink, Highland Beef Wellington and whisky chocolate pots will be paired with a range of beers chosen by Head Brewer David Beach. Beach will also be present throughout the evening to discuss the brewery and his chosen pairings.

Find out more about the White Horse

 

Also worth checking out

  • The Draft House has a special Burns Night celebration on the 23rd January - a four course menu for £30 including The Draft House haggis, neeps and tatties, plus gravy made with Auchentoshan’s 'Three Wood' single malt and Buckfast ripple ice cream with butter shortbread.
  • Royal grocers Fortnum & Mason are hosting a Burns Night feast at their Gallery restaurant. A five course menu which includes whisky and wine is £75.
  • Neighbouring D&D restaurants Blueprint Cafe and Butler’s Wharf Chop House are collaborating to offer a ‘Piper on the Wharf’ experience. Both restaurants will serve menus which feature creative takes on haggis by head chefs’ Mark Jarvis and Andrew Homes.
  • Dundee born Chef Jeremy Lee is adding haggis to the menu at Quo Vadis in time for Burns Night. It will remain as a centrepiece on the restaurant’s theatre set menu the week following.
  • The Duke’s Head, a riverside pub in Putney, is hosting a whisky blending masterclass run by Chivas Regal. Guests are invited to learn the art of blending with an award for the most balanced blend. Tickets are £29.50. 
  • Mr Fogg’s, an eccentric West End bar is partnering with Scottish distillers Glenmorangie to host an evening of poetry recitals and performances celebrated with drams of whisky and haggis canapés.
  • City restaurant 1 Lombard Street will host a night of kilts, bagpipes and whisky with a traditional Scottish menu. Complimentary whisky will be served to guests wearing a kilt.
  • Join whisky expert Alex Welstand at the Pullman Hotel, St Pancras on January 23 as he takes guests on a whisky taste tour across the four main Scottish regions. Tickets are £45 including whisky and Scottish themed canapés.
  • American diner group Honky Tonk will celebrate at both their Clapham and Chelsea venues with an evening of poetry and ceilidh line dancing. To eat, the kitchens will be serving up their take on Scottish-American fusion, haggis burgers and battered Mars bars will be added to the menu for one night only.
  • Chinese restaurant Min Jiang is serving a ‘Chinese Burns’ platter, costing £30 the package includes two whisky sours and a platter of haggis dim-sum.
  • Maida Vale pub, The Truscott Arms is hosting a lavish Burns Night supper on Thursday 23rd January. Each course of the traditional menu will be served with a dram of Jura whisky. Tickets are £50.
  • On Wardour St, BRGR.CO's Ode To Haggis BRGR is available from Friday 24th January and features a 6oz Butcher's Cut burger with Haggis fritter, smoked cheddar cheese and neeps and tatties. Try it with a Highland Fling - their twist on a whisky sour.
  • Geronimo Inns pubs all over London will be serving a 4 course meal for £26 per person on the 25th - including Cullen Skink, Haggis and Cranachan plus lots more.
  • The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch will be serving Chivas Regal marinated venison haunch steak served with haggis potato daupinoise and salmon, venison and cranachan specials on the 25th and 25th January.
  • Ath the Northall restaurant at the Corinthia on25th January, there will be a 3 course set menu for £65pp and they'll also have a Scottish Bagpiper playing in the Bar from 7pm until 10pm

 

We also couldn’t miss mentioning:

  • Selfridges has introduced the Staggis, the UK’s first venison haggis. The Staggis is made from wild Highland red deer and is available at the Selfridges Foodhall for £5.99.
  • The West Cornwall Pasty Company has created a Haggis Pasty and another filled with ‘neeps and tatties’. Those who turn up in a Scottish kilt can save themselves £4.15.

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