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‘Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race!’, yes Wordsworth and Shakespeare might not have days named after them, but Scotland’s greatest wordsmith does and it’s coming up. Burns Night takes place at the end of January and brings chefs the nation over a chance to come up with new ways to serve up sheep’s lungs to the dulcet drones of bagpipes and guests a reason to sink an unnecessary amount of drams and don a kilt.

Anyway, let’s get on, Burns Night falls on 25th January, so let’s cancel Veganuary and instead indulge in a festival of basically the opposite. Here are the restaurants you need to know about…

Jugged Hare

A pub that serves hare by the jugful is the perfect place to eat the entrails of any animal, and the Josephine Room at The Jugged Hare will be hosting an exclusive Burns Night special this month. The five-courser has been designed in partnership with Talisker Whisky and includes haggis croquettes, roast rack of Herdwick mutton with black pudding, Isle of Mull Cheddar with whisky chutney and, talking of which, plenty of Talisker whisky to toast the poet himself.

Saturday 25th January

Where: 49 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SA
Website: Tickets available here...

34 Mayfair

You didn’t think we’d run a Burns Night Supper round-up without including a battered Mars Bar, did ye? It may not be the traditional dish of the poet’s birthday but if you fancy trying one this is the place to do so. Mayfair’s 34 restaurant will be serving up the poshest battered Mars bars in town with a raspberry and whiskey cranachan coupe. But before that, tuck into Isle of Mull scallops with cauliflower, haggis crust and parsley oil, a loin of Glencoe venison, ‘Scotch broth’ and neeps for main course. Delicious.

Saturday 25th January 

Where: 34, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.5 miles)
Website: www.34-restaurant.co.uk

1 Lombard Street

Have a night off the January detox at 1 Lombard Street’s Burns Night feast. There will be a bagpipe performance, a three-course dinner including Scottish classics, Cock-a-leekie soup; Haggis, neeps and tatties; and Cranachan. Plus, the traditional Address to the Haggis, followed by a toast to the Haggis. Expect to feel like you’re in bonnie Scotland instead of The City.

And those donning tartan on the night will get a complimentary whisky cocktail. Worth getting your kilt on for.

Saturday 25th January 

Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
Website: www.1lombardstreet.com

Smith & Wollensky

You know how everyone in America thinks they’re related to Mel Gibson in Braveheart? Well Smith & Wollensky have gone the other way, taking something Scottish, and making it American. Specifically Burns Night. Executive Chef, Tom Cook, has created a three-course menu of Macsween haggis with neeps and tatties and a red wine jus, followed, and this is presumably the American bit, by a 225g Scottish fillet of beef with pan-fried mushrooms or sautéed spinach and french fries before heading into a pudding of cranachan.

Saturday 25th January

Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, Covent Garden Riverside, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Charing Cross (0.1 miles)
Website: www.smithandwollensky.co.uk

The Jones Family Project Restaurant & Bar

If you don’t want to tuck into actual haggis but fancy having a bit of a Highland fling, head to the Jones Family Project. They’ll be putting on an exclusive whisky pairing with Burns Night-inspired canapés – think tiny neeps and tatties soup, mini haggis scotch eggs and raspberry and whisky cream pots. 

Tickets are priced at £35. To reserve your place email [email protected]jonesfamilyproject.co.uk

Thursday 23rd January 

Where: 78 Great Eastern Street Shoreditch EC2A 3JL
Nearest station: Old Street (0.2 miles)
Website: www.jonesfamilyproject.co.uk

Roast

When it comes to meat, you can guarantee that Roast in Borough will come up with something special. So rather than yet another variation on cock-a-leeky soup, followed by haggis followed by cranachan, Roast has created a whole menu dedicated to Rabbie himself, which will run from Monday 20th through to Saturday 25th January. Try the likes of whiskey-cured sea trout or Scottish stovies – a Scottish beef casserole with carrots, cabbage and dumplings – as well as the traditional haggis dish for all you traditionalists.

Available Monday 20th January – Saturday 25th January

Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney St, London SE1 1TL
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.2 miles)
Website: www.roast-restaurant.com

Skylight

Whisky-makers, Monkey Shoulder will be taking over at Skylight Rooftop this January 25th. The Burns Night celebration will see the rooftop venue made over into a modern ceilidh, where guests can skate on the ice rink, listen to the pipes and drink lots and lots of the golden stuff. There will also be poems, dancing and surprise tasting opportunities (we imagine haggis) throughout the night. And when the pipes pack up, there will be DJs to while the night away, so expect 5,000 miles 5,000 times.

Guests will also be able to book cosy huts and igloos and coorie up beneath blankets – hopefully tartan ones.

Saturday 25th January

Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, St Katharine's and Wapping, E1W 2SF
Website: Get tickets here...

The Rex Whistler

Get your tatties at The Tate. The museum’s Rex Whistler restaurant is hosting a Burns Night supper and invites guests to an evening of Scottish art, food, and, of course, bagpipes. Starting out in the upper galleries with a tour of the Tate’s Scottish art collection, then enjoy the music of Scottish Piper, Robert McFarlane Watt, who will pipe guests down to the restaurant for a dinner of haggis (presented on a silver salver by Head Chef Alfio Laudani, again to pipes), followed by poetry and Burns night fun before scoffing a four-course dinner of Cullen skink, haggis, neeps and tatties, stovies and a cranachan dessert, paired with wines and Glenfarclas twenty-one-year-old, Speyside single malt whisky. Wine pairings will also be available throughout the meal. The evening’s entertainment will conclude with the pipes leading the chorus of Auld Lang Syne.

Saturday 25th January

Where: The Rex Whistler at Tate Britain, Milbank, SW1P 4JU
Website: Get tickets here...

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

Galvin at The Athenaeum will be raising drams from whisky producer Laphroaig this Burns Night. Along with the obligatory haggis, neeps and tatties, Executive Chef William Baker will serve a five-course dinner that will also feature Lock Duart Salmon, and traditional Cullen Skink. Whiskey will accompany each course and, given the hotel’s famed whisky collection, this should be a memorable Burns Night, or quite the opposite.

Saturday 25th January

Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)
Website: www.athenaeumhotel.com

South Place Hotel

South Place Chop House will be celebrating Burns Night with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne and a three-course meal of meal of cullen skink,  haggis and all the classics, washed down with generous helpings of Harviestoun beer.

Saturday 25th January

Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Website: www.southplacehotel.com

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

Despite boasting perhaps the most quintessential English views of any restaurant in the entire nation, don’t let Big Ben distract you from a Burns Night Laphroaig Whisky Tasting at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar. Let the pros guide you as you enjoy the Laphroaig portfolio, which on the night will include the Laphroaig 10 YO, the Laphroaig Quarter Cask and the Laphroaig Lore.

The evening will take Scotophiles on a journey of the island of Islay, where the whisky has been produced since 1815.

Wednesday 22nd January 

Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
Website: Click here for tickets...

Corrigan's Mayfair

Once again doorman Paddy’s back on the bagpipes, which can only mean one thing over at Corrigan’s Mayfair: it’s Burn’s Night. As he guests pipes in and Ode to the Haggis rings out enjoy baked hand dived Orkney scallops with seaweed butter, Aberdeen Angus beef wellington served with (needless to say) haggis, neeps and tatties. Finish off with citrus poached rhubarb with potted cream, clementine and pumpkin crunch.

Saturday 25th January

Where: 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Website: www.corrigansmayfair.com

The Stafford London

To celebrate the work and life of the writer, The Game Bird at The Stafford are putting on a decadent three-course dinner for £49.50 to include Isle of Harris gin-cured salmon parfait, homemade Haggis and a white chocolate and whisky crème brûlée. Delicious.

Saturday 25th January

Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Website: www.thestaffordlondon.com

The Rubens at the Palace

For a sophisticated affair head to The Rubens at the Palace for a Burns Night full of Champagne, canapés, Scottish-inspired cocktails and a six-course tasting menu. The evening will start in the stylish Leopard Bar for drinks before moving into The English Grill to tuck into the finest Scottish beef fillet and of course, haggis neeps and tatties. A welcomed excuse to get dressed up in your finest tartan.

Advance booking is required. Book your place, here.

Friday 24th January

Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)
Website: www.rubenshotel.com

The Court

If you’ve never experienced a proper Scottish ceilidh (it’s confusingly pronounced kei-lee) you’re in for a treat. Private members’ club, The Court have teamed up with iconic whisky brand Glenfiddich to put on a night of pipes, dancing, Champagne, Scottish fine dining and of course, drams of the good stuff. There will be a five-course Scottish tasting menu, highland flinging and free flowing whisky all night. Don’t expect to be in bed before 3am, never mind midnight. Oh, and can we talk about how Instagrammable these interiors are?

Saturday 25th January 

Where: 9 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PH, UK
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
Website: www.thecourt.co.uk

Brigadiers

Forget Burns Night, Brigadiers are putting on the festivities all weekend with their Rabbie Burns-inspired Feast Menu. You may think what is an Indian restaurant doing with a Scottish menu, but actually, haggis is made with a wonderful mix of spices and a heap load of pepper, so the fusion works perfectly.

Tuck into a Haggis Nargisi Kofta, and a Scottish Highlands Venison Biryani served with Neeps Korma and go bold with a whisky pairing option.

The Feast Menu will be available from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th January.

Where: Brigadiers, London, UK
Nearest station: London Cannon Street (0.1 miles)
Website: www.brigadierslondon.com

Mac & Wild Devonshire Square

Probably London’s coolest Scottish restaurant, Mac and Wild live for Burns Night. And in true Scots style they’ll be celebrating all weekend with a wealth of events, from boozy Burns Brunches to Drams in the Dark tastings with cool whisky brand Copper Dog and a five-course Burns Suppers. There will also be live music, poets, dancers and whisky galore all weekend. Expect it to be raucous.

Events will be taking place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January.

Where: 9A Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YN, UK
Nearest station: London Liverpool Street (0.2 miles)
Website: www.macandwild.com

Ham Yard Hotel

Take a journey through the Highlands without leaving W1 at Ham Yard and Dalmore’s Burns Night Dinner. The indulgent five-course dinner will kick off with canapés and a welcome cocktail before the grand tasting menu.

Whisky lovers will get an education courtesy of Daryl Haldane, Brand Ambassador for The Dalmore, who will be guiding guests through pairings and taste profiles of a bounty of whiskies.

Saturday 25th January

Tickets can be booked online here.

Where: One Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT
Website: www.firmdalehotels.com

temper City

If you’re after something a little different to just haggis, neeps and tatties, check out Temper where they’ll be serving up a four-course menu with a twist – think smoked salmon tacos, Scottish beef (some of the best steak you’ll try in London) and Celebration doughnuts for dessert, filled with whisky cream and raspberry coulis. There’ll be traditional haggis too for those wanting to do Burns Night right.

Tickets include a welcome cocktail and four courses – you can opt for whisky pairings too to make the night truly Scottish.

Saturday 25th January

Where: 2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, EC2R 7HJ
Website: www.temperrestaurant.com

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Homesick Scots and curious Sassenachs head to Boisdales when they’re craving all things north of the boarder. From its Wallace Red walls to its tartan carpets and dedicated Scottish menu, there’s no wonder it’s a number one choice for many a Burns Night supper.

All the usual fodder will be thought of, from the haggis to the pipers and the whisky. Book as early as possible as this place always get booked up.

Saturday 25th January

Where: Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Canary Wharf DLR Station (0 miles)
Website: www.boisdale.co.uk

10°

Turn Burns Night into date night with a difference at bar 10°.  Not only are the celebrations taking place 28 floors up with spectacular views of London, but the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties will be bypassed for Chef Joo Won’s modern take on Scottish-inspired nibbles. There will also be three drams of whisky from Bruichladdich included in the feast, poems and songs dedicated to the great Bard all night. Slàinte mhath!

Saturday 25th January

Where: 22 Park Ln, London W1K 1BE, United Kingdom
Website: www.10degreeslondon.com

No. Fifty Cheyne

From the interiors to the hearty British food, there’s something magical about No. Fifty Cheyne that makes you feel like you’re in the British countryside rather than teetering on the edge of Chelsea Bridge. So what better place to book into for a cosy Burns night than here? Running alongside their regular menu on Saturday 25th January, Head Chef, Iain Smith has prepared a sumptuously Scottish menu boasting the likes of Whiskey salmon gravadlax; haggis with slow-cooked hen’s egg, neeps and tatties and Scottish beef fillet, Caledonian potato pie with a Drambuie sauce.

Don’t forget to look up as the restaurant also put on a blooming good display of foliage hanging from the ceiling – this time a melange of Highland heather and lilac Scottish thistles – perfect for the ol’ Instagram feed.

Saturday 25th January 

Where: no 50 Cheyne Walk, London, UK
Nearest station: Sloane Square (0.8 miles)
Website: www.fiftycheyne.com

Sea Containers London

If you fancy your Burns Night celebrations to favour a wee dram rather than a plate full of haggis, head to one of London’s, if not one of the world’s, best bars. Lyaness at Sea Containers London have gone right to the source when it comes to whisky, bringing in Alex Walker, Glenfiddich’s national brand ambassador, to talk through all there is to know about Scotland’s national tipple (after Irn-Bru).

Alex will be creating a one off menu for the evening, comprising delicious cocktails that will have you toasting in style to the Scottish poet.

Saturday 25th January 

Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
Website: www.seacontainerslondon.com

Bread Street Kitchen

This Burns Night raise a dram to Robert Burns at Bread Street Kitchen, where you’ll find a bespoke four-course feast of traditional Scottish fare.  The night will kick off with canapés including haggis croquettes, smoked salmon blinis, and wild mushroom and truffle bon bons and a Long Night cocktail to get in the spirit. Before moving onto a traditional Cullen Skink (a traditional Scottish soup style dish), paired with Laphroaig Triple Wood.
Speaking of Laphroaig, each course will be beautifully paired with the scotch whisky, matched perfectly using key flavour profiles. And for a twist on the traditional haggis, the chefs at Bread Street have hidden theirs between pastry in a mouthwatering Highland venison and haggis wellington.
Saturday 25th January 

Where: 10 Bread St, London EC4M 9AJ
Website: www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

J Sheekey

If you fancy raising a toast to Rabbie but can’t quite get on board with haggis, head to J. Sheekey for a supper of fine Scottish seafood instead. To start there will be puff pastry baked Isle of Mull scallop with Champagne butter sauce, followed by Isle of Gigha halibut with razor clams and whiskey-fuelled millionaire’s shortbread to finish.

Saturday 25th January 

Where: 28-34 St Martin's Court, Covent Garden WC2N 4AL
Website: www.j-sheekey.co.uk

Wiltons

Wiltons was around even before the Scots started celebrating Burns Night so they know a thing or two about tradition.

Head here for a luxurious six-course Scottish-inspired tasting menu with highlights that include Smoked Loch Duart Salmon with potato scone, soft boiled egg and spray of whiskey. Of course, it wouldn’t be Burns Night without traditional haggis, neeps and tatties which there will be plenty of on the night.

Make the most of Burns night falling on a Saturday this year and opt for the wine and whisky flight, too.

Saturday 25th January

Where: Wiltons, 55 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6LX
Website: www.sevenrooms.com

We headed up to the Scottish Highlands for a whisky and game fuelled staycation. Read all about it here.