There’ll be no ceilidh dancing this year, alas, but you can still honour Scottish poet Robbie Burns with haggis, neeps, tatties and whisky galore with these clever at-home Burns Night kits from London restaurants and venues
Lead image: The Gladwin Brothers Ultimate Burns Night Box
1 Boisdale Virtual Burns Night & Dining Kits
Boisdale – Scotland’s unofficial embassy in London – is one of London’s top spots for a Scottish celebration. Alas, like everywhere else, the doors are firmly closed right now, but they are hosting a virtual event with dinner kits available to make a real night of it. Many of the options have sold out, but the Burns Night Feast for two is still available, containing a four-course traditional dinner of treacle smoked salmon, Blackface haggis with mash and neeps, beef Wellington with gratin dauphinoise, and Scottish tart (£75). The dinner package also includes a Zoom link to a virtual event on Monday 25 January at 7.30pm, featuring an Ode To The Haggis, selected works by Robert Burns, an exclusive Spotify playlist, and special guests. Order by 19 January. Delivery is available nationwide priced £9.
2 Mac & Wild Burns Night Collection
Scottish champions Mac & Wild has gone full butcher during lockdown, with meat boxes and burger kits the new normal. There’s a new collection of Scot’s-themed goodies for Burns Night, including Wild Venison & Lamb Haggis (their own recipe of wild venison, lamb and beef suet made in small batches in the Highlands, priced £5), the Mac & Wild Cocktail Minibar (four pre-bottled mini cocktails that blend wild Scottish botanicals with Haig Club Scotch Whisky, priced £22), a Haggis Recipe E-Book (£2) and the Wild Venison & Lamb Haggis Chieftain (feeds 10, priced £20). Pick and choose as you see fit! You can also order a haggis, neeps & tatties burger kit for £25 or a haggis tacos kit for £30. Delivery is available UK wide (price depends on the order).
3 Hame by Adam Handling Burns Night Box
Acclaimed chef Adam Handling has put together a Scottish-inspired menu, featuring his own luxurious takes on some of the country’s best-loved food, to get you in the mood this Burns Night. Kicking off with his signature chicken butter and sourdough bread, the menu includes a starter of roasted scallops, black pudding and hazelnut butter; Adam’s own interpretation of the classic haggis, neeps and tatties – a Lamb Wellington – and for dessert, a decadent chocolate and cranachan mousse cake. The Burns Night box will include a 500ml bottle of a bespoke Glenfiddich cocktail, featuring Glenfiddich’s Fire & Cane, from Adam’s award-winning Eve Bar. The box also contains full instructions and links to videos of Adam himself demonstrating the recipe steps, plus a Glenfiddich tasting kit and access to a virtual whisky tasting with Glenfiddich’s Brand Ambassadors on Saturday 23 January from 7pm. £150 for two people.
A Burns Night Glossary
- Robert Burns: the famous Scottish poet who penned Auld Lang Syne (also known as Rabbie Burns and the Scottish bard)
- Haggis, neeps & tatties: haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck, minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, neeps are mashed swede (or carrot) and turnip, and tatties are mashed potatoes
- Ceilidh: (pronounced kay-lee) is a Scottish folk dance, accompanied by a band and led by ‘caller’ who gives instructions as you go
- Cullen Skink: a traditional Scottish soup-style dish
- Cranachan: a typically Scottish dessert of oats, cream, whisky and raspberries)
4 Fortnum & Mason Burns Night Selection Box
Fortnum & Mason is offering a Burns Night Selection Box for celebratory suppers at home. The box, priced £45, is packed with delicious delights for a traditional Scottish feast, including the all-important Haggis from FruitPig Butchery, Ewan’s Scottish Tablet (fudge), a tin of buttery-soft Macadamia Nut Shortbread Rounds and a 20cl dram of Fortnum’s Speyside Single Malt Whisky. Standard delivery (arrival within 3-5 working days) is £5.95, or £9.95 for next day delivery. Click & Collect is available at the Piccadilly store for free.
5 HIDE at HOME Burns Night Cocktails & Grazing
HIDE at HOME which offers weekly fine-dining at home menus created by award-winning chef Ollie Dabbous, as well as and wine pairings from Hedonism, is offering a special Burns Night menu. Available on Monday 25 January, the Cocktails & Grazing menu features a classic Rob Roy cocktail (Clynelish 14yo single malt whisky, Cocchi di Torino sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters) with cured Highland lamb with rosemary charcuterie and a wild mushroom and oatmeal fried bun (priced £40 for two people). You can also upgrade to the £70 version, which features a HIDE Rob Roy (Glengoyne 18yo single malt whisky, Oloroso Sherry, Cocchi di Torino sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters & beeswax). Orders can be placed directly with the restaurant for delivery in London.
6 The Gladwin Brothers Ultimate Burns Night Box
The Gladwin Brothers are marking the annual tradition of Burns Night with the Ultimate Burns Night Box, in partnership with Islay’s Bruichladdich Distillery, home to Bruichladdich Whisky and The Botanist Gin. Each box will be filled with three-courses of Scottish delights including a show-stopping Haggis Wellington with neeps and tatties, alongside bottles of Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Whisky and The Botanist Gin. The menu, created by Executive Chef and founder, Oliver Gladwin, starts with trout gravlax, before indulging in a traditionally Scottish haggis Wellington served with neeps and tatties and a red wine jus, and ending with a twist on the classic Dundee Cake with Oliver Gladwin’s Whisky and Marmalade Dundee Cake. Each Burns Night Kit will arrive with a 20cl bottle of Bruichladdich Classic Laddie and a bottle of The Botanist Gin with Double Dutch Tonic and sprig of rosemary. £150.
7 Joy at Portobello’s Burns Supper with Compass Box Whisky
The Compass Box has collaborated with Joy at Portobello to offer a sumptuous Burns Night feast with pairing whisky. Renowned chef Stevie Parle has worked with The Goods Shed and the innovative whisky makers Compass Box Whisky, to create a three-course menu to pair three of their core collection of whiskies. The Burns Night menu features langoustines with blood orange and fennel flowers, pot-roast venison with Kentish haggis, neeps and tattie gratin, and walnut, chocolate and Spice Tree cake. Included within the menu are two prebatched Unholy Alliance Cocktails, a twist on the classic Negroni, with Compass Box The Spice Tree as the main ingredient rather than gin. £85 for two people. Order by 20 January for delivery within a 10 mile radius of Joy at Portobello’s W10 postcode, or collect from JOY from 10am on Saturday 23 January.
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