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 scotch eggs and Irn Bru cocktails to bagpipes serenading the haggis, we round up the best Burns Night suppers to cheer up a dreary January in London.
Corrigan's Mayfair - 28 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7EH
Richard Corrigan may be Irish, but there are a lot of Scottish folk working in his restaurant. Expect a reciting of the ‘Ode to Haggis’ whilst Scottish sommelier Natalie will offer a ‘Toast to the Ladies’ - accompanied by the bagpipes played by the restaurant's doorman Paddy.
Diners will be served a Whisky Pairing to accompany each course, enjoying dishes such as Speyside Whisky cured Scallops, Haggis stuffed Aberdeen Angus Wellington, Clotty dumpling, Glayva custard and Scotch Whisky salted caramels.
How to book: book online
Tienda Roosteria - The Curtain, 45 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PT
The taqueria at The Curtain hotel will be twisting tradition with an alternative take on Burns Night feasting. On 25 January they’ll be serving special Haggis tacos and Scottish Pina Colada slushies. If you're sticking to Veganuary there will be a Vegan Haggis and Neeps Taco with guacamole, tomato salsa and pickled radish. And to drink, how about Scottish Pina Colada slushies made with Dewar’s Scotch Whisky?
How to book: walk-ins only
Burgerac's Burger Shack in Marylebone is putting on Haggis, Neep & Tattie Amazeballs using Macsween haggis and will be serving them with a rich, deep whisky sauce made with 10-year-old single malt. £5 or £7.50 paired with a dram of scotch.
Bethnal Green’s The Sun Tavern have teamed up with The Balvenie to create the Wha Hae (£6); a scotch heavy cocktail in tribute to the Ploughman Poet. They’ll be handing out free Pig & Hay’s Haggis Scotch Eggs plus, as per tradition, they’ll ‘address the haggis’.
Speciality Drinks will be hosting a whisky tasting where guests can enjoy a whiskey cocktail on arrival followed by four whiskies to taste alongside a selection of Scottish small plates, including a Haggis Croquette with Red Cabbage Ketchup and Smoked Scotch Egg with Piccalilli Gel. Tickets are £30
Mac and Wild in the City are putting on a haggis making masterclass on 23 January as part of a week of Burns related festivities. Tickets are £30
Head to Merchant's Tavern in Shoreditch where Scottish head chef Neil Borthwick is putting on a three course dinner menu (priced at £45 per person) with a veggie haggis option for non-meat eaters.
At Plum & Spilt Milk in King's Cross, they'll have a 4-course Burns supper, the four-course menu by Mark Sargeant featuring Arbroath Smokie with leek and whiskey soup, Haggis, neeps and tatties (which will be ceremonially piped in by a bagpiper), Fillet of Mey Selections Highland beef with roast celeriac and wild mushrooms and Cranachan (fruit, whisky cream and oatmeal). It will come with a selection of Dalmore Whiskies, at £70 per person at 7pm.
Pollen Street Social will have Burns Night dinner in their private dining room. Jason Atherton has designed a special nine-course tasting menu including Cock-a-leekie bun; Haggis ‘neeps and tatties’; Isle of Mull langoustine, braised oxtail, Isle of Mull cheddar and a Fearn Abbey cheese ice cream, honeycomb and oatcake crumb. Each course is paired with cocktails and drams of some of Bruichladdich distillery’s finest Islay scotch. It's £135 including the drink from 7pm. To book, call 020-7290-7600.
The Bloomsbury Club Bar, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
Guests are invited to celebrate Burns Night on 25th January this year in true Scottish style with a special Burns Night party held at The Bloomsbury Club Bar, featuring live music, a unique Talisker Whiskey cocktail menu and a selection of traditional Scottish small plates, including Haggis & Truffle Sausage Rolls and Irn-Bru Sorbet.
How to book: book online
Craft London - Peninsula Square, London SE10 0SQ
Craft London are teaming up with Compass Box Whisky for their take on the traditional menu, all accompanied by five drams of the good stuff. The four course matched dinner is £48 and dishes including Wood Grilled Langoustines, Sea Kale & Sea Weed.
How to book: Book online
Scots and revellers can get into the patriotic spirit the night before Burns Night with two whisky masterclasses hosted in The Crypt at Fortnums. Hosted by Scotch Whisky experts, guests will enjoy sampling whiskies from a variety of leading distilleries, including Macallan, Highland Park, Laphroaig, Bowmore & Auchentoshan. £25 per guest. Timings are 6.30-7.15pm and 7.30pm – 8.15pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Smith & Wollensky have a three-course menu in collaboration with Naked Grouse whisky that will be served 24-26 January inclusive and will be priced at £55 per person. Kick off with a noggin of Naked Grouse whisky followed by arguably Macsween Haggis, Scottish fillet of beef and finishing with Cranachan.
At The Leopard Bar at The Rubens they're having a Burns Night whisky experience. Taste three whiskies ranging from complex and rich, full fruity single malt, to a deep and dry peated flavour and there will be a sharing platter too. A maximum of 8 guests in each group. £25 per person or £40.00 per person whisky experience and two items from the Bar Snacks menu.
Time: 15h30 - 21h00
temper City - 30 Throgmorton St,, 2 Angel Court, London EC2R 7HJ
Neil Rankin’s temper City will be throwing the ultimate Scottish knees up. There'll be bagpipes and haggis, an Irn-Bru spritz, aged beef and haggis scotch egg and other takes on the trad menu including Bananaramadrama with Islay Malt butterscotch sauce and Deep Fried Mars Bars. See how you fare with a quiz on all things Scottish by comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli. Tickets are £80 and include a welcome drink, four course whisky paired menu and entertainment.
How to book: book online
And even more...
- The Megaro Eatery in King's Cross will have a three-course meal for £25 including a take on the traditional cock a leekie, a beef main, and deep fried mini mars bars for dessert, with a glass of Monkey Shoulder too.
- Paul A Young Chocolates have a special Burns Night bar on offer. It's made from peated whisky soaked pinhead oats, salt and 55% Ocumare Venezuela Milk chocolate, with a stag head embossed on the front and decorated in brushed copper (£7.95)