19 Jan Och Aye The Noo!
Burns night is almost upon us (25th of January), for those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s a Scottish tradition. As its name suggests, the evening is a celebration of all things Rabbie Burns (who wrote Auld Lang Syne). Most people choose to mark it with a Burns Supper which can be either formal or informal and include some hearty cuisine and speeches. Whatever the tone of the evening, it will typically includes haggis (a traditional Scottish dish celebrated by Burns in Address to a Haggis) which is traditionally served with mashed potatoes (tatties) and mashed turnips (neeps).
So brush off your tartan and don your best Scottish accent, we’ve scooped out some of the top London spots to enjoy Burns Night:
Don your kilt and head to the Kings Road. This joint venture between brothers Richard, Oliver and Gregory Gladwin (they also own The Shed in Notting Hill) will be offering a Scottish-inspired menu including homemade haggis.
This seafood café on Exmouth Market is offering a three course Burns Night menu for £45, which will quash your neeps and tatties cravings. The tipsy laird (the Scottish version of a trifle made with whisky) sounds like the perfect pudding.
Looking for something a wee bit different? Then this Soho burger shop might be of interest with its ‘Ode to Haggis BRGR’. If the 6oz beef patty topped with smoked cheese isn’t enough, then the haggis fritters ought to do it.
If you’d rather a more refined, fine dining dinner for your Burns Night, then Seven Park Place at the St James’s Hotel has got it covered. This charmingly tiny restaurant is serving a six course tasting menu, including head chef William Drabble’s signature ravioli of haggis.
In true Scotsman style, Dundee-born head chef Jeremy Lee has added haggis to the menu of this Soho institution. Don’t worry, you won’t have to rush, as it’ll be on the menu all week long.