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Eight of the best Burns Night events to try this month

It's almost time to celebrate Rabbie Burns' birthday so why not book one of these fab Burns night events?

Published: December 19, 2017
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If you enjoy eating haggis, neeps and tatties, drinking a dram or two and reciting poetry then book into one of these Burns Night events that are being held all over Scotland next month to celebrate our National Bard's birthday, which falls on the 25th January.

Crowne Plaza

(19th January, Congress Road, Glasgow G3 8QT)



Hosted by BBC radio presenter Bryan Burnett, this annual Celebration of Burns honours the life and spirit of the Bard, Rabbie Burns.

Guests can enjoy tributes to the haggis, drams, ceilidh dancing thanks to Callanish all while raising money for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

Tickets cost £65 and are available here.

Ghillie Dhu

(19th-28th January, 2 Rutland St, Edinburgh EH1 2AD)

This spectacular Edinburgh location is set to run a Rabbie Burns experience over two weekends in January.

Guests will be greeted with a dram on arrival before being seated for a Burns supper which includes dishes such as Oxtail soup and Cranachan.

The haggis will be piped in before the traditional toast is recited.

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Traditional live folk music witll be played throughout the meal with the finale being a ceilidh afterwards.

Tickets are £44.95 and available to book here.

Malmaison Hotel

(Thursday 25th January, 278 West George St, Glasgow G2 4LL)

Treat yourself to a special Burns Night dinner, complete with our national drink at the Malmaison Glasgow’s Douglas Laing Whisky Dinner.

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On Thursday 25th January, from 7pm-10pm, Rick Drysdale from Douglas Laing will host a three course Scottish themed meal and interactive whisky masterclass.

Guests can sample and learn about the different Douglas Laing whiskies, including the all time favourite ‘Timorous Beastie’, followed by a contemporary culinary celebration of Scotland.

Tickets are £35 and available to buy on the hotel's website

Burns Cottage

(25th January, Murdoch's Lone, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ)


Picture: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Facebook

Celebrate the Bard's birthday where it all began, at this special fundraising Burns Supper.

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Diners will enjoy a traditional Burns supper as well as piper, toasts, recitations, music and speeches.

More information about the night plus how to book can be found here.

Nae Ordinary Burns Supper

(Friday 26th January Macdonald Drumossie Hotel Inverness and Friday 2nd February, The Beach Ballroom Aberdeen)



This three course dinner is accompanied by special guest artists including award-winning actors, singers and musicians such as; John Bett, George Drennan, James Muldoon, Ainsley Hamill and Nils Elders,

There will also be a special performance by the University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir and some champion Highland dancers.

After the dinner and entertainment guests can dance the night away at the traditional ceilidh with music from The Jacobites.

There will also be a charity auction on the night, with proceeds going towards VSA, NESMS, University of Aberdeen Development Trust, FROM Scotland, The Archie Foundation and Birchwood Highland.

Tickets are from £85 per person are available here.


(Friday 26th January, 93-95 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PU)

St Andrews

Picture: Cottiers Facebook

This west end favourite bar and restaurant is set to celebrate Burns Night in style.

As detailed on Cottier's Facebook page, guests are invited to: "celebrate our country’s national poet Robert Burns with us! Join us for a night of Scottish food, drink, music and poetry from 7pm on the 26th of January.

"End the night with a Robert Graham Cigar which you can enjoy on our heated patio."

Tickets are £49.95 and more information is available here.

Cafe St Honoré

(Sunday 28th January, 34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh EH2 1EAT)



Hidden down a cobbled lane in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, Cafe St Honoré is one of Edinburgh’s top sustainable restaurants, priding itself of serving the very best produce available.
Chef Director Neil Forbes and Head Chef Joe Simpson have devised a special four-course Scottish menu to celebrate The Bard, which will be served on Sunday 28th January.
Dishes include: organic Belhaven salmon, rocket, Katy Rodger's crème frâiche and toasted oat salad, pickled cucumber, local venison and Macsween haggis meatballs, clapshot, mustard greens, Scottish cheese and oatcakes and warm organic orange marmalade cake, organic Benromach whisky ice cream.
Priced at £50 per person, this special menu can be booked by visiting the Cafe's website.

Wedgwood the Restaurant

(Thursday 25th January, 267 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ)

Burns Night

Picture: Wedgwood the Restaurant, supplied

Wedgwood the Restaurant will be serving Burns Supper for only the second time in the restaurant’s history on Thursday 25th January.

From the chef who has prepared haggis with Alpaca to Venison and Guinea Pig in between; Paul Wedgwood has prepared a contemporary Scottish menu which is complimented with a whisky flight chosen by Lisa Wedgwood.

Dishes and whisky pairings will include; Douglas fir cured salmon with the crisp and clean Old Pulteney; Loin of Perthshire venison with Wedgwood’s smooth and rounded peaty whisky; and a Clootie dumpling with the creamy and honeyed Macallan Gold.

The menu us £55 per person, with the paired whisky flight an extra £35.

More information can be found here.


Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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