Just because we’re not Scotland it doesn’t mean we can celebrate Burns Night/Weekend in London!
There are a load of nods to Burns night happening in the capital starting this evening as this evening is the official Burns night, traditionally a supper in celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems.
Many of the Geronimo Inn pubs(there are a fair few of them in London) are doing special Burns night/weekend offers, The Duchess of Kent, Islington will be hosting Burns Night with haggis on the menu alongside neeps and tatties. The Surprise, Chelsea will be celebrating all things Scottish including haggis, Scotch broth, Scotch whiskies and hot toddies. The Surprise will also have a traditional speech and cheers to Robert Burns. The Elgin, Ladbroke Grove will be hosting a whisky tasting and serving haggis to the sound of Scottish bag pipes.
Sam’s Brasserie, Chiswick co-owned by Rick Stein and Sam Harrison, will also be taking part in the Scottish festivities. It will be adding Cullen Skink (£7.50) and haggis (£16.50) to its a la carte menu as well as having a live bag piper from 10pm.
Vinopolis is giving you the chance to celebrate the life & poetry of Rabbie Burns with a decadent evening of whisky tasting. Both whisky novices and lovers alike can spend an evening learning about and tasting some warming whisky, followed by an authentic Scottish dinner worthy of any Burns fanatic, hosted by one of the Vinopolis in house experts. You will be greeted with a delicious whisky cocktail on arrival, designed to warm the cockles and invigorate the taste buds before starting an informal whisky tasting master class. This whisky master class involves the sampling of three very contrasting whiskies, giving you the opportunity to become an expert in your own right.
Even Japanese restaurants are getting involved with Chrysan on Snowden Street in Shoreditch launching their own Asian crossover Burns Night menu. It will involve Japanese haggis with dashi turnip, sour cream and Yamazaki whisky sauce or chicken and leek soup with ginger sauce and each course will be paired with a different whisky.
If the money is still tight then why not celebrate Burns Night indoors and get some cooking on the go. If you want to cook your own Haggis then we have the very recipe for you! Sous Chef has scoured the place to find the best options so that cooks can make their own haggis from scratch, at home.
And the perfect thing to wear? Well how about this ‘I Love Haggis’ Brooch or Necklace from Bonnie Bling (image).