A month after Christmas, on the 25th of January, it’s time to start celebrating all over again, this time for Burns Night. A Scottish celebration remembering the life of the great poet Robert Burns. His most celebrated contribution to culture, is the famous “Auld Lang Syne”, a song close to any Britain’s heart, normally sung on New Year’s Eve. The Scottish traditionally eat Haggis, Neeps and Tatties on Burns Night, in remembrance of an Ode that Burns wrote to the sausage like dish. For some it is also traditional to drink whisky, wear tartan and listen to traditional speakers recite poems and stories.
Here are 5 places to celebrate Burns Night around Britain:
Boisdale of Belgravia
Celebrate in style at Burns night at Boisdale of Belgravia, in London, which will be taking place from January the 16th until the 25th. The set price menus range from £45 to £75 and include a wee dram of Talisker Whisky. A Scottish Piper will be there to serenade you through your meal and The Ode to Haggis will be read in full, ritualistic style as the meal begins. Stay at a nearby Travelodge to insure a sound sleep!
Scotland is obviously the best place to celebrate Burns night and an evening at Stirling Castle will provide the full experience. The beautiful Scottish Castle is a must see. After being greeted with a drinks reception, enjoy a four course Scottish meal, a whisky toast and a host of traditional entertainment. Dress is black tie/ highland dress, so be sure to get your kilt out. Stay here to avoid travelling too far after the festivities.
Visit Edinburgh for a Burns Night celebration in the award-winning Hadrian’s Brasserie at The Balmoral Hotel. The traditional dinner, in luxurious settings, will leave you feeling like Royalty. Stay in the heart of Edinburgh to enjoy the festivities all around the city and to visit the stunning local sites including Edinburgh castle. Taking part in the famous Whisky Experience will also help put you in great cheer.
For an alternative Burns Night visit Min Jiang, a Chinese restaurant in London which is famous for its Burns Night Celebrations. Named Chinese Burns, the menu boasts an interesting selection of Haggis inspired Dim Sum and comes in at a reasonable £35 a person. The bar also stocks a good selection of Scotc and there are a vast selection of Travelodges to rest in nearby!
St Georges Hall
This Burns Night Ceilidh in Liverpool is sure to be a fun filled evening of haggis, whisky and dancing. The Ceilidh Band will be playing all night long in the Grade I listed building and the tickets are just £10 a person if you buy them in advance. Entry includes a delicious Scottish Buffet. Stay nearby to finish your evening in comfort.