Each year, Scotland (and the rest of the world) celebrates the life of Robert Burns with an abundance of haggis and a few drams of whisky. If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of acquiring tastes for haggis and whisky, a Burns Supper might be the perfect opportunity for you to discover this delightful combination, all whilst celebrating a Scottish icon.
In Edinburgh, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to commemorating the birth of The Bard aka Rabbie Burns. We’ll be sharing a few of our favourites after a brief history of Robert Burns and Burns Night.
Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) was a Scottish bard (poet), lyricist and farmer, born in Alloway (2 miles south of Ayr). The National Poet of Scotland was also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s Favourite Son, the Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet.
Whilst much of his work is written in a light Scots dialect, it remains accessible to an audience beyond Scotland, although you may need to carry out a little research to translate some of the words.
Even if you’ve never heard of Robert Burns, it’s quite likely you’ll know and possibly have sung one of his famous poems on New Year’s Eve – Auld Lang Syne
Other famous works by Robert Burns include:
Burns Night commemorates the birth of Robert Burns and will be held around the world on Thursday 25th January 2018 (although some bars and restaurants will carry on the celebrations through to weekend).
Expect Scottish Fayre at a Burns Supper with Haggis, Neeps and Tatties making an appearance in some form or other.
Whatever your views on the water of life, a Burns Supper would not be complete without a dram or two of whisky.
I’d be shocked if there wasn’t a serving of haggis and a wee dram of whisky, you could celebrate at home with a serving of haggis, neeps and tatties or if you are in Edinburgh, head to one of our recommended Burns Suppers.
Larger events with speakers would include the following:
I’ve been to a number of Burns Supper events with work and some for fun (as in not work-related, every time I’ve attended a Burns Supper I’ve had fun).
Deciding on what to wear for a Burns Supper will largely depend on the organisers, some will be formal whilst others are relaxed. Whatever the dress code, there’s no harm adding a splash of tartan if you can incorporate it into your outfit.
Visit The WHISKI Rooms for a fun and traditional Burns Night Supper to celebrate our national poet Robert Burns whose message of friendship and Auld Lang Syne lives on. A memorable night awaits you with bagpipes, speeches, haggis and whisky of course and the full works in the stunning world heritage location.
Burns Supper Menu
Award-winning MacSWEENS HAGGIS, NEEPS & TATTIES
with our delicious whisky cream sauce
(TRADITIONAL OR VEGETARIAN HAGGIS)
Complimentary nip of scotch malt whisky to toast the bard
Reservations taken for the Burns Supper menu only
Full payment required at time of booking
Booking Payments are not refundable
Burns Supper Details
Thursday 25th Jan 2018 – 7:30PM
For one special night the Beer Palace will host their very own Brewhemia Burns Supper, with Scottish sonnets from our Howl at the Moon laddies and very special guest (piper) let us treat you to a truly Scottish shindig!
Experience a 4 course meal with a cheeky dram included, live music and maybe a wee whisky by the fire in our Bothy bar; you might even be lucky enough to see a real Haggis roaming about…
4 Courses & a dram £25pp
4 Courses, a dram & glass of prosecco/pint of tank beer £30pp
Lunch – 3pm to 6pm
Dinner – 6pm to 9pm
Leith’s Malmaison is hosting Whisky Pairings on 25th and 26th January to celebrate Burns Night.
Tickets are £25 per person and must be pre-booked and the price includes 3 whiskies all paired with classic Scottish dishes such as Haggis Bon Bons, Cranachan and some delicious Scottish cheeses.
Tickets can be purchased at:
In light of, the numbers of food banks, homelessness, poverty and working poor The Leith Depot would like to try and engage and contribute at a local community level.
When speaking about the event, Julie Carty said:
“We realise that there can be a stigma attached to handouts, but eating together and nutrition is key to people’s health and well-being.
If the planned event works, we would like to continue it once a month. ”
On Sunday 28th January Cafe St Honoré is celebrating Burns Night with a special menu packed with great Scottish ingredients.
Our cure organic Belhaven salmon, rocket, Katy Rodger’s crème frâiche and toasted oat salad, pickled cucumber
Local venison and Macsween haggis meatballs, clapshot, mustard greens
Scottish cheese and oatcakes
Warm organic orange marmalade cake, organic Benromach whisky ice cream
£50 per person.
In a first for The Real Mary King’s Close, on the 26th of January 2018 , in partnership with Wedgwood the Restaurant, will be serving up the perfect celebration of the birth of Robert Burns. Bringing together poetry, history and the best locally sourced produce, guests will experience an indulgent evening of heritage, poetry and delicious food.
This exceptional event will begin at 6.30pm with a three-course meal at Wedgwood the Restaurant, showcasing the best in Scottish cuisine. Guests will then be treated to a recital of Burns poetry, before being escorted to The Real Mary King’s Close where they will enjoy a Burns inspired guided tour of the uniquely preserved streets and spaces. The evening will finish with a dram of whisky in the beautiful Burgh Courtroom, where guests can raise a glass to Scotland’s favourite son.
More details at:
Sadly now sold out. Hopefully, an event like this happens again next year.
Wedgwood the Restaurant will be serving Burns Supper for only the second time in the restaurant’s history on Thursday 25th January.
From the chef who has prepared haggis with Alpaca to Venison and Guinea Pig in between; Paul Wedgwood has prepared a contemporary Scottish menu which is complemented with a whisky flight chosen by Lisa Wedgwood.
Wedgwood the Restaurant is the eponymous restaurant from one of Scotland’s most respected chefs, Paul Wedgwood. Together with wife Lisa, they have created an award-winning restaurant on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile which is a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
Refurbished in 2016, the restaurant is Paul and Lisa’s vision of their “perfect night out”: The dining room is stylish and inviting featuring comfortable banquette seating and low lighting making the atmosphere both relaxing and intimate – the perfect setting in which to enjoy Paul’s outstanding menu and Lisa’s immaculately paired wines and polished service.
BURNS NIGHT TASTING MENU 2018
£55 per person, Paired whisky flight £35
Bubbles and canapés (add £10.00)
Scotch broth, mushroom soda bread
Bailie Nicol Jarvie 8 year
Douglas fir cured salmon, grapefruit, sorrel, rye
Old Pulteney 12 year
Sound of Mull scallops, smoked haddock Cullen skink
Glenkinchie 12 year
Loin of Perthshire venison, haggis, celeriac, chocolate
Paul’s selection of the very best of Scottish cheese (supplement £5.00)
Bunnahabhain 12 year
Clootie dumpling, honeycomb, whisky ice cream
Coffee & Petit fours
Have a Great Burns Supper!
That should be enough haggis to get you through January!
What are your plans for Burns Night? Will you be celebrating at home or heading out?