UPDATED! Burns Baby Burns! Burns’ Night Restos That Are Offally Good

By Phil Clarke |
10th January 2019

‘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. Like a sort of Scottish version of Chinese New Year, 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 high on Irn Bru. Perhaps they could combine Chinese New Year and Burns’ Night and call it Chinese Burns Night? Ouch, nearly as painful as the pun.

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 doing, y’know, stuff for it.

Jugged Hare

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, from the restaurant’s Head Chef and paired with fine wines, includes haggis croquettes, roast rack of Herdwick mutton with black pudding, Isle of Mull Cheddar with whisky chutney and, talking of which, plenty of whisky to toast the poet himself.
Friday 25th January

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

1 Lombard Street

1 Lombard Street

Bagpipes, haggis, the lot. They don’t do things by halves in The City, and 1 Lombard Street will be putting on a Scottish feast this Burns’ Night with cock-a-leekie soup and haggis followed by neeps and tatties and followed by Cranachan. What’s more, come wearing any form of tartan and get a complimentary cocktail.
Friday 25th January

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

Corrigan's Mayfair

Corrigan's Mayfair

Despite being Irish, Corrigan’s Mayfair makes more effort than most when it comes to Burn’s Night. Not least because it’s a chance to put Paddy the doorman back in tartan and having him babpiping in guests and accompanying the dinner. Which will be served with whisky pairings to accompany courses like Cullen skink Scottish soup, Bannock bread followed by baked hand-dived Orkney scallops, seaweed butter and then Aberdeen Angus beef Wellington haggis, neeps and, inevitably, tatties.
Friday 25th January

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

Smith & Wollensky

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. The entire meal has been developed with Macallan Highland Scotch Whisky.
Friday 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

The Jones Family Project Restaurant & Bar

The Jones Family Project have developed a whisky-based dinner thanks to whisky giant Chivas, and the Scotch whiskymaker, Compass Box. Paired with haggis and the rest, they’re incredibly tasty, and a good set-up for a haggis meal including a starter of house-cured pollock, with spiced rum, ruby frost apple, main of rack of wild venison served with Savoy cabbage, haggis, black pudding, roasted neeps and the most delicious looking cranachan served with berries, shortbread, whisky cream, toasted almonds and oats. If there’s room, a cheese course can’t do any harm, either, enjoy the cheddar.
Friday 25th January 

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

Roast

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, Executive Chef Paul Shearing has created Herdwick haggis doughnuts. Yes, you read that right. Sure, there’s all the usual Burns’ Night offenders in attendance too (bagpipes and a poetry reading to name a couple), but this is probably the most interesting take we’ve seen this year.
Friday 25th January

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

Craft London

Craft London

Craft London has teamed up with Compass Box whisky for a four course, four whisky cocktails dinner. A starter of squid ink rice cracker, white crab, lovage and smoked oil paired with a “King Street Hi Ball”, followed by a whisky salmon, black radish, apple and hay smoked buttermilk paired with a “Hedonism” cocktail. Haggis makes a not-too-suprising appearance in the form of a haggis sausage, lamb saddle, smoked mash, turnip and whisky sauce and whisky sauce, paired with a “Spice Tree” and a pudding of whisky ice cream, aerated custard and oat biscuit accompanied by “Red Field” cocktail.

Where: Craft London, Peninsula Square, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.1 miles)
Website: www.craft-london.co.uk

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

Milk Punch is a traditional Scottish, apparently drink dating back to the very exact year: 1711. Made with pineapple (that most Scottish of fruits) along with cinnamon, star anise, coriander, lemon, Scottish Earl Grey tea, barley syrup, and hot milk all blended together with Johnnie Walker Black, the cocktail has been assembled by aqua shard’s bar team to celebrate Burns’ Night.
Available only on Friday 25th January

Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
Website: www.aquashard.co.uk

Skylight

Skylight

Whisky-makers Glenfiddich will be taking over at Skylight Rooftop. The Burns Night celebration will see the rooftop venue made over for a ceilidh, while guests can skate on the ice rink, listen to bagpipers (bagpipists?) and drink lots and lots of Glenfiddich. Once the bagpipes clear out there’ll be DJs to while the night away, so expect 5,000 miles 5,000 times.
Friday 25th January

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

The Rex Whistler

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 (coz Tate), 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 (processed in 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 26th January

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

Mews of Mayfair

Mews of Mayfair

In true burns baby burns style, Mews of Mayfair are offering food galore. There’ll be a sharing platter for two with beer battered haggis sausages with chip shop curry sauce, Isle of Mull cheddar and clapshot croquettes and Aberdeen Angus sliders with IRN BRU onions and tomato relish and… OK, we’re joking the list stops there. And yes we really did say IRN BRU onions. Deeeeelicious! To wash it all down you can choose from The Glenmorangie Variety Flight with GM 12yr Quinta Ruban, GM 12yr Lasanta, GM 12yr Nectar D’Or, or The Glenmorangie Timeless Flight with GM 10yr, GM 18yr, GM Signet, GM 25yr.

Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
Website: www.mewsofmayfair.com

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

Galvin at The Athenaeum will be raising drams of whisky carefully selected by award winning bartender Gennaro Schiano 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 Carpaccio of Orkney scallops and Loch Linnhe prawn bisque. Whiskey will accompany each course and, given the hotel’s famed whisky collection this should be a memorable Burn’s Night.
Friday 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 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 cock-a-leeky soup, haggis and all the classics, washed down with generous helpings of Harviestoun beer.
Friday 25th January

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

Indian Accent

Indian Accent

An Indian restaurant isn’t necessarily where you’d expect to find a haggis running around, but then Indian Accent isn’t a normal Indian. The Mayfair restaurant is one of the best in the capital and of course they’ve risen to the challenge of Burns’ Night with all the usual whisky and haggis, but Chef Manish Mehrotra has also made sure that his Indian flavours are centre-stage with an imaginative twist of haggis kofta and turnip korma, served with a selection of delicious kulcha flat breads, wild mushroom with truffle oil and applewood smoked bacon with barbeque butter.

Where: Indian Accent, Albemarle Street, London, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Website: www.indianaccent.com

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

Covent Garden’s J Sheekey Atlantic Bar be rolling out the whisky cocktails including Whisky Sour and Rob Roy along with sides seared Isle of Mull scallops, spiced heritage carrot and haggis crust.
Friday 25th January

Where: 33-35 St Martin's Ct, London WC2N 4AL, UK
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)
Website: www.jsheekeyatlanticbar.co.uk

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

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 Burn’s Night Glenrothes Whisky Tasting at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar. Let the pros guide you as you enjoy the Glenrothes portfolio.
Friday 25th January

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

The Little Blue Door

The Little Blue Door

Party time in Fulham, and this time in honour of Robbie Burns at Little Blue Door. The house party that’s really a bar will be celebrating with their “ultimate Bobby Burns Party” with a celebration of all things Scottish, including food from partners Mac & Wild and Islay legends Port Charlotte Whisky s well as The Botanist Gin. Och aye!
Friday 25th January

Where: 871-873, Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5HP
Website: www.thelittlebluedoor.co.uk

Barbecoa St Paul's

Barbecoa St Paul's

Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa Steakhouse & Bar in St Paul’s are all over Burns’ Night with a four course dinner including haggis croquette, cullen skink and Highland beef fillet and all accompanied with a whisky flight of Talisker, Laguvolin and Johnnie Walker Platinum.
Friday 25th January

Where: 20 New Change Passage EC4M 9AG
Nearest station: Bank (0.2 miles)
Website: www.barbecoa.com

108 Brasserie

108 Brasserie

Award-winning Scottish piper Hattie McCall Davies will provide the backdrop to the Burns’ Night supper at 108 Brasserie. The traditional supper includes a three-course set menu packed with Scottish bits, like Cullen skink, Haggis with neeps and tatties and deep-fried Mars bar to finish. The meal will be paired with whiskies including Auchentoshan Three Wood, Macallan Gold and Highland Park

Where: 108 Brasserie, Marylebone Lane, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.4 miles)
Website: www.108brasserie.com

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