Burns Night is becoming an increasingly popular event for London restaurants and this year there are more places than ever to tuck into some haggis and sip on a wee dram.
From haggis nuggets and pizzas to whisky tastings, bagpipes and poetry, we round up the best Burns Night suppers to cheer up a dreary January.
127-129 Parkway, London NW1 7PS
A Burns Night Cabin is available for private hire from 23rd – 25th January at York & Albany. Furnished with traditional tartans, tweed and faux furs, the cabin holds 12 people who can enjoy Burns cocktails and snacks throughout the evening including Fire Sour, a blend of whisky, pear purée, lemon, fig liquor, egg white and Tabasco, whilst nibbling on a menu of potted kippers with apple and fennel jelly; Kedgeree Scotch eggs; and Haggis & 'Lanark blue' cheese sliders; followed by whisky burnt cream, cranachan and Scottish oatmeal short bread. Two drinks & snacks £30 per person; three drinks & snacks £40 per person.
157 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ
Available from 25th to 31st January in the Basement Bar will be five Burns Night cocktails and some superb-sounding nuggets made from lamb, haggis, black pudding, and swede puree with a cheese centre, and served with a peated kimchi dip. Cocktails include: Blood and Actual Sand (Chivas 12, Blood Orange and Beetroot Coridal, Campari, Lemon Juice, Coconut Palm Sugar) and Jago (Chivas 18, Pink Grapefruit Juice, Suze, Creme de Figue).
105 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0NP
Clapton’s Yard Sale Pizza have teamed up with Deeney’s to create the special Ode To A Haggis Pizza with haggis, cavolo nero, homemade black chilli jam & Fior Di Latte mozzarella. The pizza will be available from 22-25th January and on Thursday 22nd January there’s a launch party with 20% discount and Irn Bru cocktails!
34 Albemarle St, London W1S 4BP
On Friday 23rd January Mark Hix and Hardeep Singh Kohli will be hosting a Burns Night Banquet in HIX Mayfair at Brown’s Hotel. For £110 per person you can enjoy a traditional Scottish supper with Glenmorangie whiskies paired with each course, after which Hix and Hardeep will be flaming the haggis.
35 Wingate Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 0UR
In honour of both Burns Night and Australia Day (26th), Head Chef Phil Harrison has created a menu which is inspired by both Scottish and Antipodean flavours, featuring dishes such as Raw Loch Duart salmon, horseradish, dill crème fraîche, passion fruit, cucumber, and cress alongside the obligatory haggis. The menu will be paired by a drinks list featuring Australian Shiraz and Riesling, as well as Highland and Islay single malt whisky.
One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB
One Canada Square in Canary Wharf is hosting a masterclass on "The Art of Blending" with Chivas Regal on Saturday 24th Jan. After learning how it’s done you can even have a go yourself, mixing up your own blend to take home with you. Accompanying canapés include colcannon tattie cakes stuffed with braised black face lamb shoulder and Highland venison burger, smoked maple and whisky BBQ sauce. Tickets are £35 per person and include a cocktail on arrival, whiskey blending and canapés.
Also in Canary Wharf: On 24th January, the Grill at Plateau will be serving a Burns Night inspired 5 course set menu. Priced at £35, the menu includes Cockie a leekie soup; Traditional haggis with Neeps and Tatties (served with a shot of 15 yr old Glenfiddich); and Cranachan.
105 Monier Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2PS.
Shoreditch bar and restaurant The Jones Family Project are offering a bespoke menu from Friday 23rd January to Sunday 25th January featuring Scottish smoked salmon with beetroot puree and Venison Steak with a haggis, neep & tattie croquette, parsnip & honey puree and a Chivas Regal peppercorn sauce. There’s also special cocktails including The Jones Dram – Chivas Regal 12 year blended scotch and Drambuie and the Robert Burns inspired Wee, Sleekit, Cow'rin, Tim'rous Beastie – Chivas Regal 12 year blended scotch, lemon juice, sugar, egg white and angostura bitters. Both priced at £9.
78 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL
On Saturday 24th January (6-11pm) head down to Kerb Clubhouse for all manner of Scottish shenanigans. For £35 you'll get: a dram of scotch or Brewdog on arrival, 5 dishes including a McBleecker from Bleecker Burger or smoked haggis from BBQ Lab. There's going to be a 4 piece ceilidh band, highland games, whisky cocktails to buy at the bar.
Also worth checking out
- Discount Suit Company’s cocktail of the month this January is The Flying Scotsman – a mix of 10 year old Talisker, Walnut Wine, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Red Dubonnet and Angostura Bitters – a great tribute to Mr Burns. The Flying Scotsman is priced at £10 and is available until the end of January.
- The Jugged Hare in the City is hosting a Traditional Burns Night Supper & Fine Wine Evening on Friday 23rd Jan. Tickets are £75 for 5 courses and paired wines.
- On 24th January at Newman Street Tavern, the special menu includes Cullen Skink, Galloway beef Haggis, and Clootie Dumplings all for £35.
- On 25th January at The Narrow, the Burns menu includes Cock-a-leekie soup with barley, Macsween’s haggis with clapshot and whisky sauce, and smoked haddock with kale colcannon and beurre blanc. £35 per person for three-courses.
- Dundee born chef Jeremy Lee is hosting a Scottish supper at Quo Vadis on January 24th and will also be adding haggis to the menu for all of the following week.
- The Ginger Pig is now selling its own haggis at £14.50/kg
- On January 23rd, The Cutty Sark pub in Greenwich is serving a three-course Burns menu accompanied by a live bagpipe performance.
- On January 24th The Duke’s Head in Putney is offering a three -course Burns menu (including deep-fried Mars bar for dessert) alongside a personal Chivas tasting at each table.
- Over in Kensington, Min Jiang is putting on a Chinese Burn's evening on 25th Jan with a flight of Dalmore whiskies, char siew haggis puff and sesame prawn and haggis toast. The price is £35 per person for all dishes and whiskies.
- Vegetarians are well catered for by Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack where there's a Wild Mushroom & Haggis Pitivier Pie on for a Burn's Night Supper on 24th January. Alternatively, try their Gigha Halibut, Crispy Pigs Trotter & Haggis Croquette.
- MEATliquor are putting on a limited edition Burns Night menu from Saturday 24th January for a week, including Deep Fried Haggis balls (£7), coated in Panko breadcrumbs and served with a whisky cream sauce. On Burns Night itself, the dish is half price.