What’s On: Burns Night

by Poppy Laking - Wednesday January 20, 2016 12:01 pm

Address your haggis and don your finest kilt, Burns Night is here once more and we’re rounding up London’s most super supper offerings.

Fittingly for a restaurant named after the dining livery of the Flying Scotsman, Plum + Spilt Milk is hosting a celebration for the birthday of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns on 25th January from 7pm. Their special three-course Burns Supper for £60pp, includes all the traditional dishes Robert Burns championed, the ceremonial haggis with neeps and tatties accompanied by a piper and a drink with each course.

Butlers Wharf Chop House will also be hosting an ode to Scotland with their special four course dinner priced at £39.50. The menu will feature H. Forman’s Scottish smoked salmon as well as other classic such as Haggis neeps and tatties.

The Blueprint Café areoffering three-courses for £35 from Head Chef Owen Ken worthy’s modern European set-menu. Scottish classics are made with a twist such as venison & haggis raviolo, game consommé and crispy kale for starters or roast sea bream, Shetland mussel and ale broth for main. Puddings feature marmalade sponge and Islay whisky custard or shortbread, salted caramel and raisin ice cream.

Bistro Union are hosting their own three-course celebration for £32 pp. To start, guests will choose from whisky cured salmon or a warming soup, followed by Bistro Union’s own culinary 'Address to a Haggis' where the traditional dish will be paired with clapshot mash, Scottish whisky and mustard. It doesn’t stop there though; a dessert of wild winter berry cranachan will finish the feast. The good people at Bistro Union know that it wouldn’t be Burns Night without a wee dram to end your evening, so choose from three warming Scotch whiskies to see you home - just make sure you take a cab!’

Something a bit different

WILDS, a new catering company launched by a Michelin Pub of the Year Greyhound on the Test, are holding an outdoors riverside  supper to commemorate Burns Night, priced at £35 a head. Pack the extra-thick socks and extra warming whiskey, this’ll be a chilly one.  Heavily themed around the mythos of the Scottish countryside and aptly named “WILDS in the wild”, guests should be prepared for a multi-sensory experience.

Love Robert Burns hate haggis? Head to Melt Room to try the The Cranachan Toastie.  A unique take on the classic Scottish dessert ‘Cranachan,’ Melt Room have combined Whiskey syrup, raspberry conserve and whipped cream and melted it together inside two pieces of milk bread to create a limited edition sweet treat to rival the original Cranachan. Available until the 31st January, it’s priced at £5.

And if you're looking to trap your own haggis then check out Macsweens range of Haggises (Haggi?) They have gourmet venison haggis, three bird haggis and of course classic haggis. Wash it down with a dram or a chilled bottle of Innis & Gunn a craft beer not made in East London but a lot further North.

Just in it for the whiskey? Click here to find out where to get the best Burns Night cocktails.

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