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.
The Sun Tavern - 441 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN
Hackney based speciality Whiskey bar The Sun Tavern have created three scotch-based Burns cocktails each a fiver. We fancy the ‘For Rhyme Nor Raisin’ (Glenfiddich 12yr, raisin infused sherry, sweet vermouth, pimento dram). For snackage they've got Brixton based Pig & Hay to supply haggis Scotch eggs, £8 with a cocktail.
The Well - 180 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JY
The Well in Clerkenwell is hosting a slam poetry evening with whisky cocktails matched with Scottish-inspired canapés including; Hebridean lamb sweetbreads with herb aioli, Scotch quail egg, haggis croquettes and mini Aberdeen Angus beef Wellington. Tickets are £15.
All Balls Bros sites - 23-27 January
For the whole of this week, all Ball Brothers sites are giving away a free glass of whisky on the rocks, as long as you're wearing something tartan.
Chai Ki - Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR
Did you know that the Coorg region of the Southern Indian state of Karnataka is known as the ‘Scotland of India’? Us neither. But it has inspired the team at Chai Ki in Canary Whar to put on all manner of Burns Nights mashups including a Coorgi Pulled Pork with a curry leaf and chilli rub as well as a Venison Keema, served with crumbled haggis, naan and ‘achari’ pickled red onions.
See also: Atul Kochhar's Tandoori Haggis Pie with Cranberry and Darjeeling Chutney at Benares.
The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG
There's all manner of Scottish street food stuff going down at this weekend affair - look out for The Wild Game Co's Haggis Mac n Cheese, Deeney’s slow cooked venison tacos (with spicy salsa and whisky crème fraiche) and ‘build your own’ whisky sundae from Nonna’s Gelato. Music will feature the Monster Ceilidh Band.
- There'll be bagpipes, poetry and lots of Scottish seafood for Burns Night at both Bonnie Gulls.
- The Queen of Hoxton Rooftop will be putting on free whisky tasting and serving up Scottish food and trad music.
Ginger Pig’s head baker on the Yorkshire farm, Les, will be making his traditional haggis, mixing lambs lungs, livers and hearts from high welfare animals reared on a natural diet with lemon juice, beef suet and mixed spices. They'll be available to buy from all eight GP London shops from mid-January until just after Burns Night.
105 Monier Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2PS.
The Hyde Bar in Knightsbridge has a Burns Burger featuring haggis, clapshot and highland whiskey slaw, wrapped inside an oat potato bun.
BRGR has a Burns BRGR featuring Scottish Blade Steak, grilled haggis and homemade Whisky Ketchup from 20 Jan to 5 Feb.
Vico - 1 Cambridge Circus, London WC2H 8PA
VICO in Cambridge circus has The Buristo pizza on for £15 featuring crumbled Haggis and half-moon slices of Italian Black Pudding with Cardoncelli Mushrooms, Parsley and Raddichio on a Mozzarella pizza.
Bonhams - 7 Haunch of Venison Yard, Mayfair, London W1K 5ES
All week long Bonham is putting on a three-course lunch menu (23-27 January) which sounds AMAZING, such as Heather honey and whisky parfait with pear, confit yuzu, brown butter and muscovado sugar tuille. But it's the extra course of a Box of four homemade Lagavulin caramels to take home for £6 that caught our eye.
Also worth checking out
- Mark Hix and Browns Hotel Restaurant Manager, Markus Savage host their first Mark and Markus evenings on Burns Night, starting with a dram in the Glenmorangie Library, followed by dinner with dishes like Kingairloch red deer Wellington with braised red cabbage and stovies.
- Tom Brown and Nathan Outlaw from The Capital Hotel will be teaming up with Roy Brett of top Edinburgh restaurant Ondine for a menu combining traditional Burns Night fare with a seafood twist and specially chosen Whisky pairings for £65.
- Plum + Spilt Milk in King's Cross (the restaurant’s name derives from the dining livery of the Flying Scotsman) will host a Burns supper complete with ceremonially piping by a bagpiper and with Dalmore Whiskies. £70.
- Try rare whiskies at The Zetter Townhouse alongside dishes like single malt cured & smoked Scottish salmon.
- 108 Brasserie in Marylebone will be serving Deep-Fried Mars Bar as part of their Burns Night menu.