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Burns Night 2023

Burns Night 2023

Celebrate the life of the Scottish poet in style at these top spots in London and Surrey

The Mitre, Hampton Court, 25 January

The Mitre’s atmospheric restaurant is a great spot for Burns Night. The dinner will start with pearl barley and truffle Scotch broth followed by traditional haggis, then a main course of Highland game and venison stew, neeps and tatties. To finish, there will be cranachan & wild heather honey pudding. The dinner will be paired with a carafe of Domaine de Saissac, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 and a wee dram of Berry Bros & Rudd Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Dinner: £65pp.

The Little Blue Door (Fulham, 26 January) and its sister venue The Little Orange Door (Clapham, 27 January)

Join in a Burns Night party with bagpipes, haggis and entertainment. On the menu is Scotch broth with thyme-infused pulled lamb followed by haggis served with nutty neeps, tatties and a peppery whisky sauce. To finish, enjoy an indulgent cranachan with raspberries, honey, oats and cream. There’s also a vegan menu available on request. Dinner: £34.50pp. House party only: £10. and

Pictured: The Little Blue Door / Park Row

Park Row, Soho, 25 January

Gotham-inspired Park Row will be serving a supper fit for billionaire Bruce Wayne himself with a menu from his ancestral Scottish home Castle Wayne. From acclaimed chef Alyn Williams, the menu will start with canapés including warm potato pancakes with smoked salmon; Scottish salmon caviar with crème fraîche; and black pudding, apple and smoked chicken toastie with pickled walnuts. The three-course menu includes scallop with Cullen skink cream, haggis and cranachan. Each course comes with the option of whisky pairings from the Glenfiddich distillery. There will be the piping of the haggis, a ceilidh band and dancing. Dinner: £65pp. Whisky flight: £60.

Bistro Union, Clapham, 25 January

This top neighbourhood spot has all the traditional dishes on offer from head chef Andy Lambert along with matched wines from Adam Dugmore at Ester Wines. £85 pp.

Wych Elm, Kingston, 25 January

At this much-loved local, there will be Scottish-inspired dishes on the specials board, whisky for the toast and The Burns’ Address to a Haggis around 8pm.

Boisdale, Belgravia and Canary Wharf, various dates

Scottish restaurant Boisdale has several celebrations devoted to Burns Night. At Canary Wharf, there will be live music with the original star line-up of the West End Rat Pack show Stephen Triffitt as Frank Sinatra and Mark Adams as Dean Martin, along with the address to the haggis. At the Belgravia restaurant, events include Scottish songstress Sandi Thom. Prices from £29 to £179.

The Arber Garden, Fitzrovia, 25 January

The Arber Garden’s new Supper Club series starts with a Burns Night feast with rare whiskies from East London Liquor Company. There will be a five-course menu boasting a mix of traditional fare like crispy haggis and Single Malt ‘22 alongside more contemporary flavours with a Scots twist, such as Arbroath smokie velouté. The whisky pairings will be introduced by East London Liquor founder, Alex Wolpert & head of whisky, Sam Garbutt. £65pp.

Skylight Peckham, 25 January
Snack on haggis scotch eggs, crispy spiced neeps and tatties, smoked cod’s roe fish cakes and cranachan. There will be poetry readings and live music and Glenmorangie will also be hosting whisky tastings. £7 pp inc cocktail.
Betjeman Arms, St Pancras, 25 January
Enjoy a three-course feast along with a wee dram or two of Glenlivet Scotch Whisky. £50 pp.