Many Brits like to celebrate Burns Night every year and so if this is a date that’s firmly in your diary, then we have a few suggestions of where to go in London on Thursday 25th January.
If you head over to Shoreditch, The Jones Family Project are offering a special 3-course Burns Night meal for £35 or if you want to add a cocktail on arrival along with two paired whiskies, it’s an extra £15. You’ll begin your evening with Mini Haggis Scotch Eggs with oxtail mayonnaise and winter leaves followed by a delicious Venison Wellington served with salted baked celeriac, neep purée and black truffles, and paired with Glenlive Nadurra. You can then round off your meal with a choice of either a naughty but nice Layered Cranachan, made with berries, shortbread, whisky cream, toasted almonds and oats, paired with a Glenlivet Founders Reserve or you can opt for the slightly healthier Isle of Mull Cheddar served with homemade chutney and oat cakes, paired with a 12-year-old Aberlour.
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Nicholson’s pubs across London will be celebrating Burns Night along with their second annual National Whisky Showcase, which is running from 15th January through to 25th February. 44 London pubs will be celebrating Burns Night with a special menu, available from 22nd to 28th January which will include Scottish favourites like a Scotch broth with farmhouse bread and haggis, neeps and tatties and a pulled lamb ‘Crofters’ pie topped with haggis mash. You can then round your meal off with a traditional Cranachan, made with whipped cream, honey, raspberries, toasted oats and of course, a dash of whisky!
Whether you are a whisky-lover or just a keen novice you will be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of over 40 UK and global drams. Highlights for 2018 include Bruichladdich’s Classic Laddie, Hibiki Harmony and Penderyn Madeira. Look out for the special tasting events and workshops which are designed to educate and allow you to explore both classic and lesser-known brands.
For more information on these events please visit: www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/whisky
The Devonshire Club in the heart of The City, is hosting a traditional Burns Night evening with a menu that includes a steaming bowl of Cock-a-leekie soup, followed by a classic dish of haggis, neeps and tatties or you can opt for an Arbroath smokies fish pie. To round off your meal, you can treat yourself to a rich and fruity Cranachan and whisky-laced coffee, accompanied by a deep-fried Mars Bar. In addition, there will be performances from internationally acclaimed piper Matthew Supranowicz, who won the world championship in 2015 with the pipe band Shotts and Dykehead.
The Devonshire Club two-course menu costs £28, whilst the three-course menu is £35.
The Gallery in West Hampstead has become renowned for its whisky and beer. This buzzy neighbourhood bar stocks over 101 whiskies, including many impressive and lesser-known Scotch. It is also home to a formidable beer list and is the go to West London bar for a boilermaker. For this month’s Burns Night The Gallery has created a drinks menu to celebrate a selection of their favourite whiskies and Scottish beers. The menu includes a classic Bobby Burns Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve at £8.50 and beer and whisky pairings including Chivas 12 with 6° North Four Saisons for £6.50.
The Bloomsbury Club Bar are celebrating Burns Night in true Scottish style with a special Burns Night party, featuring live music and a unique Talisker Whiskey cocktail menu from Talisker Distillery, who are sponsoring the evening. You will also be able to enjoy a selection of traditional Scottish small plates, including Haggis and Truffle Sausage Rolls, whisky cured smoked salmon and a Deep-Fried Mars Bar and Irn-Bru Sorbet.
Town House at The Kensington will be holding an exclusive Robert Burns Supper at £45 per person for a three-course menu or £65 with whisky pairing. You will be able to enjoy Haggis served with mashed neeps and tatties, and a Selkirk bannock bread and butter pudding to round off your meal.
There will also be a classic Burns Night dinner at 108 Brasserie in Marylebone. This three-course set menu at £45 per person, is available with selected whisky pairing at an extra £20, and includes their famous and indulgent Deep-Fried Mars Bar with honeycomb ice cream for dessert, paired with a Laphraoig 10.
Blade Hairclub in Soho stocks its subterranean bar with some of the best whisky selections in town, which include a superb hand-picked selection of whiskies from across the world. Every guest that comes through the door this coming Burns Night, will be invited to try some of their customised whisky flights, mini tastings and scotch cocktails. Some of the cocktails you can look forward to trying includes the Penicillin (£9.90), which is a blend of 35ml of Clynelish 14-year-old, 25ml of Ardbeg Uigeadail and 10ml of King’s Ginger liqueur along with fresh pressed lemon juice, honey and orange bitters, garnished with organic candied ginger.
For those of you unfamiliar with Blade, it is a rather unusual yet trendy and innovative bar and hair concept, where you are not only get a great haircut and treatment from their young team of talented stylists, but you can also indulge yourself with a look through their meticulously curated drinks menu, created in-house and served from their cosy downstairs bar.
Blade Hairclub is open until 9:00pm and is offering a complimentary dram of Bunnahabhain on arrival with bookings.
Head over to The Wild Turkey Lodge at Ten Bells in Spitalfields for a rather different Burns Night celebration, where you will discover the first floor transformed into a traditional American hunting lodge. You will find a real-life urban-meet-forest retreat, decked out in warm leathers with birch bark, plush sheepskin, taxidermy and regal portraits lining the walls.
You will also be greeted by a fabulous bourbon menu to match with four twists on the iconic Old-Fashioned cocktail using Wild Turkey 101. You’ll be able enjoy your drinks with some delicious sharing boards offering a selection of cured meats, cheeses, pies and picked vegetables.
So whatever you do decide to do on 25th January, we wish you a fun-filled evening accompanied with great tasting Scottish food, good company and of course a few drams of Scotch Whisky!
Simon Burrell is Editor-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.