A 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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