With Blue Monday out of the way the rest of January looks set to be more exciting and what better way to celebrate than with a Burns Night jamboree. Whether you want to fully embrace the festivities with a live bagpipe performance, keep things a little more casual with a Haggis masterclass or go all out with live music and Burns cocktails galore at the newly opened Mac & Wild City.
Week of Burns Celebrations at Mac & Wild
January 25th 2017 marks the annual Scottish tradition of Burns Night. Scottish champions Mac & Wild will be celebrating this age old tradition with not just one night of shenanigans, but a whole week of Burns inspired menus and events from Monday 23rd January. From haggis-making masterclasses and beer and whisky pairing evenings, to live music and Burns cocktails galore, both Mac & Wild Fitzrovia and Mac & Wild Devonshire Square are on hand to celebrate the life and works of one of Scotland’s’ most renowned national treasures.
On the menu, all week, will be a selection of Burns specials including Haggis, Neeps & Tatties; a Burns Whisky Flight; and a Bobby Burns Whisky Cocktail. To celebrate the main event of Burns Night on Wednesday 25th January, both Mac & Wild restaurants will feature a special Burns Set Menu, including a suitably Scottish host to address the haggis… and the option of washing down each course with a specially paired whisky. Bottoms up Burns!
23rd – 27th January 2017
Mac & Wild | 65 Great Titchfield St | Fitzrovia | London | W1W 7PS |
Mac & Wild City | 9A Devonshire Square | London | EC2M 4YN
Robbie Burn’s Night at Rabbit & The Shed
On Wednesday 25th January, Chelsea restaurant, Rabbit and sister venue The Shed, will be celebrating Burn’s night by offering diners Scottish specials fit for the bard himself. With an array of delicious delicacies Rabbit & The shed’s Burns Night menu will include very special homemade mouthfuls of Duck Livers on girddle cakes and smoked salmon, rye and rose geranium. Guests can also choose from a Scottish classic, Neeps and tatties rosti with whisky ketchup or Lamb faggots with pumpkin spaghetti and artichoke mud before finishing the meal with a traditional deep fried homemade Mars Bar.
So for an authentic Burns night ‘baw’ don your kilts and head down to Rabbit and The Shed to celebrate Scotland’s most famous poet.
Burns Night at Rabbit/The Shed | Wednesday 25th January 2017
Rabbit | 172 Kings Road | London | SW3 4UP | www.rabbit-restaurant.com | 020 3750 0172
The Shed | 112 Palace Gardens Terrace | London | W84RT | http://theshed-restaurant.com/ | 020 7229 4024
Burns Night Whiskey Pairing Supper at the Lillie Langtry
The Lillie Langtry, a homey-style pub in West Brompton, has called in their Scottish friends Ballentine’s for an evening of whiskey pairing and a special menu to celebrate Burns Night. On Wednesday 25th January, guests can enjoy a set Scottish inspired menu including cock-a-leekie, a Scottish soup of leeks and peppered chicken stock and often rice or barley; Haggis neeps and tatties, Scottish mash and turnips, and Cranachan, a traditional dessert of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries, with toasted oatmeal soaked overnight in a little bit of whisky to finish off. With each course guests will get a whiskey paired with the dish from Pernod/ Ballentine’s who have carefully selected the right whiskey to complement the food.
West Londoners who want to join in the Bruns celebrations head to the Lillie Langry for a night of Scottish jamboree and lots of whiskey.
Lillie Langtry | 19 Lillie Rd | London | SW6 1UE | 020 3637 6690 | http://www.thelillielangtry.co.uk/ | [email protected]
Burns Cocktails at Mango Tree
Mango Tree, the award-winning Thai restaurant, has created two special cocktails for Burns night to help dinners get into the Scottish spirit. The Mango Tree old fashioned contains Bourbon whisky, brown sugar and angostura aromatic bitters and orange bitters and is garnished with cinnamon sticks and dried orange. While the Scotch Prune, Haig club whisky, vieille prune liqueur, strawberry syrup, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice is finished off with fresh mint and some dried lemon. Both cocktails look set to get any Burns night celebrations off to a bang and help diners feel a little Scottish for the evening.
The Bingham’s Burn’s Night Wine Supper
This Burn’s Night celebrate at Richmond’s riverside destination restaurant, bar and boutique hotel. On 25th January 2017, The Bingham will host a special Burn’s Night Wine Supper where guests are welcomed to enjoy a deliciously special wine pairing menu.
The Bingham, a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse originally built in 1821, is situated on the banks of the river Thames in the heart of Richmond making it the perfect place for those wishing to enjoy a gastronomic meal in the restaurant, creative cocktails and seasonal small plates in the bar or a romantic retreat in one its sumptuous rooms with treatments, therapies and yoga/Pilates from its little sister, bhuti the newly built eco wellbeing escape.
The Bingham | 61-63 Petersham Rd | Richmond | TW10 6UT | www.thebingham.co.uk
Cosy Burns Supper at The Turks Head in Suffolk
The Turks Head, possibly the cosiest place to celebrate Burn’s Night during the cold January month will be adding speciality Scottish dishes to their local and seasonal menu from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th January. Guests can expect to snuggle up by the sofa and enjoy delicacies such as Haggis, Neeps and Cranachan. The Turks Head in Suffolk serves local and seasonal cuisine and is rapidly becoming one of the gems on the Suffolk foodie trail. The cosy bar, elegant dining room and expansive garden also offers a drinking experience to suit all occasions with rotating local cask beers, a large gin collection and diverse wine list offering everything from English sparkling to New World wines.
When Mr Fogg’s Met Robbie Burns
On Wednesday, 25th January 2017, just after Christmas and the New Year and right before Mr Fogg shoots off on his 2017 world tour, he and his household staff will host Bruton Lane’s very own Burns Night celebration.
Guests on the evening will be welcomed by a delightful little performance from an extremely talented bagpiper, before they are all invited to ‘toast the haggis’ and enjoy some delicious haggis canapés. The evening will then continue with a poetry recital that shall, of course, showcase a selection of Robert Burns’ best works. In true Scottish spirit, all household staff shall also be temporarily swapping their traditional Gieves&Hawkes military uniforms for a range of rather fetching and suitably festive kilts.
Mr Fogg’s is a recreation of the Victorian home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg. Modelled on the very Mayfair house in which Phileas would have lived after travelling Around the World in 80 Days, the bar is refined but at the same time truly off-the-wall, breathing liveliness and fun into the area.