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Looking for a place to have a rousing Burns Night but can't make it up to bonnie Scotland itself? Try our picks below to join the festivities. From modern interpretations to exacting rituals of the night's traditions there are choices aplenty across the capital.
From January 20-26 Seven Park Place will host a six-course tasting menu representing some of the best food on offer from the four corners of Caledonia. The menu will include choices like poached Scottish langoustine with braised cabbage, foie-gras sauce and truffle, and ravioli of haggis with confit of turnip, whisky and thyme jus.
Seafood chain Loch Fyne will present a three-course Burns Night dinner mixing tradition with modern touches. Drams of Talisker whisky will be served alongside the likes of haggis with seared Scottish scallops, and game terrine with spiced apricot and cranberry chutney and char-grilled granary bread. More traditional options remain on the menu, too, with haggis, neeps and tatties, as well as whisky-Mac cream.
24 January only.
Indulge in one of Paternoster Chop House’s carefully designed whisky flights, where on Burns Night you can sip on four drams of your own choice from a wide selection. Suitable for enthusiasts and beginners, this flight is a great way to explore different whiskies, taking you through bourbon, Japanese selections and top Highland malt Dalmore.
On Friday 24 January join Mark Hix and foodie TV presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli for a Burns Night celebration. With the likes of Kingairloch red deer and Blackface haggis on the menu, the four-course meal will be traditional, but with a twist. Events such as flaming the haggis will also take place on the evening, while the duo entertain throughout.
Housed in Sir Terence Conran’s Design Museum, 25 January the riverside Blueprint Café will be celebrating the life and poetry of Robert Burns by serving up some Highland favourites in a three-course supper paired with whiskies to match. Expect Scotch broth and Clootie pudding aplenty.
One of Maida Vales’s most popular pubs, The Truscott Arms is hosting a Burns supper where award-winning Jura whisky will be served on 23 January. An single malt produced on the tiny island off the west coast of Scotland, this is one for true whisky aficionados. Glasgow-born writer, comedian and Celebrity MasterChef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli will also regale diners with anecdotes about his shared Scottish and Indian heritage during the meal.
Located by Hyde Park, The Athenaeum will host a Burns Night whisky social in its famed bar.
Featuring whiskies from one of Scotland’s oldest and rare distilleries, Balvenie, the evening’s drams will be presented by the distillery’s ambassador and the hotel’s own whisky sommelier Ivo Silva, as well as other special guests. Catering to whisky newcomers and the seasoned enthusiast, the drinks will be served alongside a themed menu and promises to be brimming with tradition.
This Mayfair institution is serving up a hearty, traditional four-course meal for Burns Night. The menu includes rabbit and chorizo Ballantine with caper-berries and sourdough, as well as Cullen skink with warm potato scone, among many other choices. With wine matched to each dish, those not committed to whisky may find Green’s offering a good alternative.
Serving Burns specials for lunch and dinner at Davy’s you can try haggis & Clapshot pie, a traditional Scottish dish made from mashed swede, turnips and potatoes, served with a glass of Davy’s No 1 white and red and a glass of single malt whisky to finish.
Calling themselves ‘Scotland’s unofficial embassy in London’ Boisdale of Canary Wharf will call in pipers and Scottish speakers who will recite the Burns Address to a Haggis in 18th-century period costume, as well as the traditional stabbing of the Haggis. Beyond tradition, Boisdale has enlisted a live swing band, and has promised ‘Scottish surprises along the way’.
Own a kilt? Don your finest tartan and make your way to 1 Lombard Street for a complimentary whisky. As well as treats for the dedicated on 24 January, the restaurant promises three courses, a piper, poetry and whisky galore.
Head up to the heated rooftop WigWamBam atop the Queen of Hoxton for a special Burns celebration out east. Expect haggis, neeps and tatties, whisky tasting, grog, kilts, the Address to a Haggis, warm Scottish broth and plenty of dancing.
On 24 January, Vinopolis will host a whisky masterclass and supper led by Scottish whisky expert Tom Forrest. Events to follow include whisky cocktails, pipers, a whisky tasting and a traditional three-course Burns Supper with the Address to a Haggis and toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns.