In honour of Robbie Burns, the famous Scottish poet – who penned Auld Lang Syne, no less – restaurants and bars around London will be offering festivities full of bagpipes, haggis and, of course, whisky. The Resident has put together some of the best places to celebrate Burns Night on 25 January 2018
1 The Elmore Jam & Basement Galley, Walthamstow & Leytonstone
The Elmore Jam, which brings exciting supperclubs to unusual locations across London, recently became part of the Basement Galley, known for its own supperclubs set on an old Victoria line carriage in Walthamstow. To get the partnership off the ground, the EJ and BG team will be celebrating Burns Night with a series of brunch and dinner menus created by head chef Alex Cooper. Brunch will include courses like slow cooked duck eggs with candied pork and duck bacon, while dinner guests can expect the likes of haggis and scamorza arancini, plus a duo of lamb. Tube Train Dining takes place on Friday 26 January (sittings at 6pm and 8.30pm), and Saturday 27 January (10am and 12.30pm). You can also opt for a BYOB Jazz Dinner at Elmore Jam founder Nick Atkins’ house in Leytonstone on Saturday 27 January at 7pm.
See basementgalley.com for tickets
2 Ceilidh Club, Hammersmith Town Hall
The Ceilidh Club is celebrating Burns Night the way it knows best – with three hours of dancing to a wonderful band and caller! If you have never danced before, don’t worry, there’s a caller who will let you know the steps and you’ll pick it up in no time. At half time the haggis is piped in and Burns’ poem – the Address to the Haggis – is recited. During the evening haggis, neeps and tatties will be served buffet style (vegetarian options available). There is no dress code but tartan is always appreciated! Celebrations will be held at Hammersmith Town Hall on 19, 20, 26 and 27 January, as well as 3 February 2018. 7pm-11pm. Tickets are £36.50 (£25 concs) and must be bought in advance.
To book tickets see ceilidhclub.com
3 The Bloomsbury Club Bar, Fitzrovia
The Bloomsbury Club Bar is honouring Robbie Burns on 25 January with a special Burns Night party on 25 January. The event will combine live music, a unique Talisker Whisky cocktail menu and traditional Scottish small plates like Haggis & Truffle Sausage Rolls, Whisky Cured Smoked Salmon, Neep & Tatty Croquettes with Whisky Gravy, Deep Fried Mars Bar Bites and Irn-Bru Sorbet. The Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky cocktail menu includes tipples like the Barrel Aged Bobby Burns and Barrel Aged Rusty Nail created by bar manager Brian Calleja, as well as a Whisky Sour (Talisker 10 Year, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Egg White) and a Hot Toddy (Talisker 10 Year, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, Steam, Spice). The cocktails and small plates are individually priced. 5pm till late.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia WC1B 3NN; thebloomsburyclub.com
4 The Pear Tree Cafe, Battersea Park
Battersea Park will be filled with the sound of bagpipes as the Burns Night procession through the park to Pear Tree Cafe gets underway on 25 January. You’ll be met in Battersea Park’s car park and presented with a hip flask full of warming whisky to keep you snug on your walk among the towering trees to the cafe, led by a lantern-lit bagpipe procession. The space will be decked out in tartan with thistles adorning the tables, where a five-course Scottish feast – featuring Scottish smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraiche, Hebridean scallop with Stornoway black pudding and Macsween haggis with bashed neeps and tatties – will be served. Meet at 7pm in the car park. £39pp.
Lakeside Cafe, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; peartreecafe.co.uk
5 Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly
Fortnum & Mason will celebrate Burns Night with a special evening of feasting, music and poetry, hosted in The Gallery restaurant in the Piccadilly flagship on 25 January. Following the ceremonial Selkirk Grace, a four-course feast will be served, showcasing the finest Scottish dishes paired with superb wines and fabulous whiskies. Expect the likes of Scottish smoked salmon with soda bread, haggis, neeps and Arran Victory tatties with whisky sauce and traditional ‘Atholl Brose’ cranachan (a dessert of oats, cream, whisky and raspberries). 7pm-10pm, priced £75. There will also be two whisky masterclasses hosted by Scotch Whisky experts in The Crypt the night before, where you can sample whiskies from leading distilleries like Macallan, Laphroaig and Bowmore (6.30-7.15pm & 7.30pm-8.15pm, 24 January, £25).
181 Piccadilly W1A 1ER; fortnumandmason.com
6 Mr Fogg’s, Mayfair
Get kilted up this Burns Night as Phileas and his household staff host a traditional Scottish soiree at Mr Fogg’s, where you’ll be welcomed by the sounds of bagpipers, treated to haggis canapés and sip on a special libation menu from Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky. After a communal ‘toast the haggis’, you’ll be treated to Mac & Wild’s delicious Haggis Pops, and poetry recitals will be rife, showcasing Robert Burns’ best works. In true Scottish spirit, all household staff will be adorning kilts and sporrans, with guests are engaged to take part in traditional dress. From 5pm.
15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair W1J 6JD; mr-foggs.com
7 Reverend JW Simpson, Fitzrovia
There a huge Burns Night party at the Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell on 25 January, but sadly it’s all sold out. Fortunately, its sister bar Reverend JW Simpson in Fitzrovia is hosting a Burns Night Spirited Sermon on Tuesday 30 January, when the Reverend and his disciples, together with Copper Dog Blended Malt Scotch whisky, will bring Rabbie Burns to life with an evening of whisky cocktails, poetry and general merriment. The Reverend will be preaching about this fascinating spirit and offering delicious new takes on classic cocktail recipes before inviting you to try your hand at shaking them to life. Tickets are £15, including three cocktails and a tasting flight.
32 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia W1T 2QT. For tickets see designmynight.com
8 Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia & the City
Scottish champions Mac & Wild will mark the annual tradition of Burns Night with a whole week of Burns-inspired menus and events, from haggis-making masterclasses and beer and whisky pairing evenings to live music. On the menu all week at both restaurants (22-28 January) will be a selection of Burns specials including the new Mac & Wild Haggis, Neeps & Tatties Burger, and Rabbie’s Drams, a whisky flight dedicated to the poet himself. On Burns Night itself, Mac & Wild will be hosting two dedicated Burns Suppers at both Mac & Wild restaurants. At Mac & Wild Devonshire Square, you’ll be greeted in the heated outdoor Highland Hideaway with Highland pipers and drummers, Irn Bru Daiquiri cocktails and Haggis Pops. Moving inside the restaurant, there’ll be more traditional Scottish dishes like Cullen Skink Soup, Venison Scotch Egg and Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. Throughout the evening there’ll be renditions of Robert Burns poems.
65 Great Titchfield Street W1W 7PS & 9A Devonshire Square EC2M 4YN; macandwild.com
9 Craft London with Compass Box, North Greenwich
Following the success of last year’s festivities, Craft London and Stevie Parle are again teaming up with the award-winning boutique Scotch whisky maker Compass Box to celebrate the Scottish bard on 25 January. For £48, you can enjoy a bespoke four-course menu with five carefully chosen Compass Box serves, paired to every dish. The evening’s standout dish will be the Craft London Haggis, made using their incredible Yorkshire lamb and a blend of spices and grains, served with neeps and parsley tatties, introduced by Stevie Parle himself. Then it’s Neal’s Yard cheese and crackers paired with a Peat Monster serve, and a Chocolate and Salt Caramel Beignet to finish, accompanied by Whisky Cream Phenomenology. Expect poetry readings, a superb traditional addressing of the haggis and much merriment. 7.30pm.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich SE10 0SQ; To book see designmynight.com
10 The Glenfiddich Burns Night Experiment at The Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market
Glenfiddich and The Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market are hosting an Experimental Burns Night Experience on Tuesday 23 January, where the traditions of the age-old celebration will be turned on their noggin. Adam Handling, the Chef Owner of Frog by Adam Handling, will be curating a selection of less-than-traditional Burns Night Tapas, while innovative bar owner, Matt Whiley of Scout, has created an experimental cocktail line up to match, featuring Glenfiddich 12 year old, 15 year old and IPA Experiment expressions. Loud Poets will be delivering their own unique take on Rabbie Burns’ work. Tickets are £25 and include a welcome cocktail, selection of tapas-style Burns bites and whisky cocktails.
10-12 Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LR. To book see designmynight.com
11 The Glenfiddich Burns Night Experiment at ProVision Studios, Hoxton
Can’t make the above event? The Glenfiddich Experimental Series will return on 25 January, this time at ProVision studios in Hoxton, for another Burns Night evening of innovation. Again, in collaboration with Adam Handling and Matt Whiley, the evening will be hosted by Stephen Rutherford, Glenfiddich National Brand Ambassador, who will bring Robert Burns’ work to life alongside spoken word artists, Loud Poets. Tickets are £70, including a three-course menu and all drinks on the evening.
363 How’s Street, Hoxton E2 8EE. To book see eventbrite.com
12 Merchants Tavern, Shoreditch
Merchants Tavern – the Shoreditch tavern from Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick – is celebrating Burns Night with a special menu from Scottish head chef Neil. The three course dinner menu features classics such as cock-a-leekie soup, chicken pie with grain mustard and whisky, and haggis, neeps and tatties (plus the option of a vegetarian haggis). For dessert there is an indulgent Dundee marmalade sponge pudding with whisky custard, plus a cheeky deep fried Mars bar to finish. In the bar there will be music from Scottish DJ Bob Johnston to enjoy with a Rabbie’s Dram cocktail, which mixes both Chivas 12 year and Lagavulin 16 year whisky. £45.
13 The Jugged Hare, the City
On Tuesday 23 January, The Jugged Hare will be celebrating the works and spirit of the Scottish Bard with a one-night-only Traditional Burns Night Dinner, featuring five delicious courses with carefully selected wines to match. Priced at £75, the menu features Scottish-inspired dishes including haggis croquettes with whisky HP sauce, roast loin and braised belly of Herdwick mutton, a haggis bomb and a deep fried Mars bar with Glenfiddich ice cream. Diners will also be joined by Scottish bagpiper, Alan Henderson who will pipe in and address the haggis, before leading a whisky toast to the great man himself. 7.30pm.
49 Chiswell Street EC1Y 4S; thejuggedhare.com
14 Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Baker Street
Michelin-starred chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin will be celebrating the life and worksvof Scottish poet Robert Burns with a special Burns Night Supper on Thursday 25 January 2018. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, which is hosting the dinner as one of its last hurrahs before closing for good, has partnered with Glenmorangie Whisky to offer guests the full Scottish experience. The six-course meal showcases the best Scottish ingredients and traditional dishes, featuring dishes like Cullen Skink, haggis neeps and tatties and Ecclefechan Tart with clotted cream. And, of course, there be whisky! The Burns Night Supper menu is £49 with additional Glenmorangie whisky and sommelier-selected wine pairing packages available to complement each course.
66 Baker Street London W1U 7DJ; galvinrestaurants.com
15 Boisdale Canary Wharf, Bishopsgate, Belgravia & Mayfair
For those seeking a traditional Burns Supper, look no further than Scottish stalwart Boisdale restaurants, which will be hosting Burns Night menus across their four sites in Canary Wharf, Bishopsgate, Belgravia and Mayfair. Opt in for a four-course feast of Caledonian fare that includes Orkney salmon and Hebridean crab, Scottish red deer and Aberdeenshire dry-aged beef fillet, as well as roast haggis, served with a full address from Boisdale’s pipers. Hearty Scottish dishes are washed down with quantities of excellent whisky while the honourable sound of Bagpipes ring in the background. Also, at Boisdale of Canary Wharf, The Rat Pack return on 25 and 26 of January with their unbeatable blend of swing classics, floor filling classic pop and a few Scottish surprises along the way. Burns Night menus are available from 25-27 January from £35-£65.
16 Corrigan’s Mayfair
A Burns Night celebration at Corrigan’s Mayfair would not be complete without Paddy on the bagpipes! Irish chef Richard Corrigan’s team includes a healthy Scottish brigade at his restaurant Corrigan’s Mayfair off Park Lane, so arranging a Burns Night celebration on 25 January is a must. Expect a reciting of the Ode to Haggis, while Scottish sommelier Natalie will offer a Toast to the Ladies – all to the tune of the bagpipes played by Richard Corrigan’s trusty and multi-talented doorman, Paddy. Diners will be served a whisky pairing to accompany each course and enjoying dishes such as Speyside Whisky cured Scallops, Haggis stuffed Aberdeen Angus Wellington, Clotty dumpling, Glayva custard and Scotch Whisky salted caramels. Priced £75 for the five courses, £35 for the whisky or wine flight, or £110 for the full menu and whisky or wine flight to match.
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair W1K 7EH; corrigansmayfair.co.uk
17 STK London, The Strand
STK and Scotland’s finest whisky brand Glenfiddich have collaborated on a special Burns Night menu for one night only. Served on 25 January, the limited-edition menu includes a welcome drink of Glenfiddich 18-year-old whisky, followed by a coffee-rubbed Scottish Black Angus Picanha steak, flambéed using Glenfiddich’s IPA Experiment (brewing the first single malt Scotch whisky in craft IPA casks) and paired with the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment itself. Or, as an alternative to steak, guests will be able to enjoy MacSween haggis flambéed with a 12-year-old Glenfiddich, topped with neeps and tatties, and washed down with a dram of 12-year-old Glenfiddich. For dessert, there’ll be a rich and creamy New York Cheesecake Cracnachan paired with Glenfiddich Project XX single malt whisky. £45.
ME London Hotel, 336-337 The Strand WC2R 1HA; togrp.com/stk-london
18 Hunter 486 at The Arch, Marylebone
Enjoy a traditional Burns Supper at Hunter 486 at The Arch with a five-course Burns Night set menu for £45pp. Your first course is a whisky cocktail, and the last coffee and shortbread, and in between there’s the likes of haggis and black pudding croquettes (or smoked salmon terrine), braised venison with celeriac mash (or Arbroath Smokie fish cakes, or pearl barley butternut squash) and Cranachan (a traditional Scottish dessert made from toasted oatmeal soaked overnight in a little whisky mixed with whipped cream, honey and fresh raspberries). Available for lunch or dinner on 25 January.
50 Great Cumberland Place W1H 7FD; thearchlondon.com
19 HIX restaurants, various locations
Celebrate the Scottish poet Robert Burns at HIX restaurants on 25 January with a la carte dishes featuring seasonal Scottish ingredients including Blackface haggis with bashed neeps and Rack of Speyside roe deer with potato stovies and barberries. Visit Mark’s Bar at HIX Soho and Hixster Bankside for small sharing plates and sip on a Brose – their Scottish cocktail, created for Burn’s Night, made with Monkey Shoulder whisky, Temperley’s ice cider, oatmeal brose, cream and heather honey water, topped with cinnamon. The special Burn’s Night dishes have been given the HIX twist by Mark and will include Cullen skink, Blackface haggis with bashed neeps, Rack of Speyside roe deer with potato stovies and barberries and Cranachan with poached rhubarb. The dishes are available at HIX Soho and HIX Oyster and Chop House. Tramshed and Hixter are also serving up Scottish fare and guests will have the option of haggis, neeps and tatties as a side with their chicken and a special treat of Haggis and neep Croquettes.
Book online at hixrestaurants.co.uk
20 Plum + Spilt Milk, King’s Cross
Plum + Spilt Milk is the perfect place to celebrate the birth of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. The annual event is a nod to the heritage of the restaurant’s name, taken from the dining livery of the famous Flying Scotsman train. Enjoy a quintessentially Scottish Burns supper, with four courses created by Chef Director Mark Sargeant. Start with an Arbroath Smokie with leek and whiskey soup, followed by the traditional dish of Haggis, neeps and tatties, which will be ceremonially piped in by a bagpiper. A main course of Fillet of Mey Selections Highland beef with roast celeriac and wild mushrooms will follow, before a dessert of Cranachan (fruit, whisky cream and oatmeal). The menu will be accompanied by a selection of Dalmore Whiskies. £70 per person for four courses with accompanying drinks. There will be one sitting, from 7pm on Thursday 25 January.
Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, King’s Cross N1C 4TB; plumandspiltmilk.com