Burns Night & Burns Supper 2020

Celebrate Robert Burns at home or out for dinner

Held in honour of Scotland’s most famous poet Rabbie (Robert) Burns, Burns Night is celebrated at the end of January every year. It falls on his birthday, 25th January, and the tradition started a few years after the poet’s death in 1796 when his friends got together to commemorate his career.

Haggis at home from Balgove Larder, St Andrews

balgrove larder haggis

If you’re hosting a Burns supper at home, farm shop and butchery Balgove Larder produce an award-winning haggis that can be picked up in-store or sent out across the country.

Balgove Larder, Strathtyrum, St Andrews KY16 9SF / https://www.balgove.com/collections/haggis-puddings/products/haggis

DAKHIN restaurant in Glasgow is celebrating India’s strong affiliation with Robert Burns with a specially created dish.

dakhin burns supper

Dakhin’s tribute to Burns comes in the form of Haggis Chettinad. With intense flavours of freshly ground spices and gently warming black pepper, the Chettinad is a speciality of the Chettiar spice traders and sees a fusion of haggis being used instead of lamb meat.

Dakhin owner Navdeep Basi said: “At Dakhin we always strive to offer our customers something a little bit special. Scotland and India have always had very strong links with one another. To celebrate Burns day we have used our Poetic license in the kitchen to come up with a dish we think Robert Burns and his family would find tempting.”

Toast the bard with a dram at The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen’s Burns supper
Steeped in literary history with links to some of Scotland’s finest writers, including Rabbie himself, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on Edinburgh’s George Street will pay a tribute to Scotland’s much-loved bard his 261st birthday, 25th January 2020.Principal Edinburgh Printing Press Bar & Kitchen_preview
Guests on the evening will enjoy the sounds of a Scottish piper and the much-loved Address to the Haggis, while tucking into a four-course menu, celebrating seasonal Scottish classics, each paired with a dram to be enjoyed as you like it.
Cock-a-leekie soup
Traditional smoked or vegetarian haggis, puréed neeps, crispy potato
Braised beef cheek, skirlie cake, spinach, glazed root vegetables, horseradish
Cranachan with a Smoky French Martini
The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen Burns supper is on sale for £52pp with the evening commencing at 7.30 pm and concluding at 10.30 pm.
To find out more and to book the four-course Burns supper, visit The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen at printingpressedinburgh.co.uk


Burns Ceilidh Night at Bridge of Orchy Hotel

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Burns Night Ceilidh at Bridge of Orchy Hotel. For just £25, enjoy a three-course traditional Burns supper and dance the evening away with the local ceilidh band. Open to both local and hotel guests, the event also includes a dram to toast the haggis. Entry to the ceilidh dance only costs £10 and children under the age of 12 are free of charge.

Rooms at Bridge of Orchy Hotel start from £89 per night. To book the Burns Ceilidh Night, please visit: https://www.bridgeoforchy.co.uk or call 01838 400 208.


Burns Night at The Hebridean

haggis the hebridean robert burns

The restaurant and bothy bar will be celebrating the Scottish bard’s birthday with a few drams and the three-course dinner includes COCK-A-LEEKIE SOUP – toasted Barley, confit chicken leg; HAGGIS, NEEPS & TATTIES – homemade, toasted oats, islay whisky sauce; CRANACHAN – raspberry, whisky, honey ice cream, toasted oats. The menu is priced at £25 per person.

In addition, the restaurant will serve up a ‘Burns Weekend Special’ with Haggis, Neeps & Tatties served with a dram of whisky for £12.50 – available for lunch or dinner as a menu special between Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th January (inclusive).

The Hebridean gastropub ‘Burns Supper’ will be held on Saturday 25th January 2020 and is priced at £25 per person. Book before Monday 20th January and enjoy a complimentary whisky with your meal.

Book now at www.the-hebridean.co.uk


A Blazing Burns Night Spectacular at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Gaelic for five, The Coig covers Ayrshire, Arran, Bute and Cumbrae and offers an exciting new way to explore this unique part of the coast and countryside.  Trace the steps of Burns by visiting the towns and villages of ‘The Shire’ route. The Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway is a must-see for visitors. Make a stop on your journey at the flagship museum for a tour along the Poet’s Path, showcasing all of the historical buildings and landmarks known to Burns, before entering Burns Cottage where Robert was born in 1759. Discover over 5,000 Burns artefacts including his own handwritten manuscripts and follow in the famous footsteps of Tam o’Shanter to Alloway Auld Kirk and over the Brig o’Doon.

On Saturday 25th January, the Burns Birthplace Museum will be hosting a ‘Blazing Burns Night Spectacular’ – complete with ceilidh and fantastic choreographed fire show. The celebrations begin at 7pm with live music, dancing, a fire performance and, of course, haggis, neeps and tatties. Prices are £8.50 per child and £12.50 per adult.

For more information, please visit: https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/events/a-blazing-burns-night-spectacular

For more information on The Shire and The Coig, please visit: https://thecoig.com


Burns Night Supper and Ceilidhs at The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant, Edinburgh

The Scottish Cafe ceilidh night 

This year the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant’s celebrations are in full swing for three nights from Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th January. For just £50, guests can enjoy a three course set menu which includes a nip of whisky to toast the haggis, ceilidh and piper. Or for £65 per person, enjoy an arrival glass of fizz as well as an additional half bottle of wine with dinner, as well as a small dram, traditional ceilidh and piper. Local ceilidh band, Shenanigans, will be providing the entertainment until midnight.

To book the Burns Night Ceilidh, please visit: https://www.contini.com/whats-on/burns-night-supper-ceilidh


The Pierhouse Hotel

The Pierhouse

Tucked away on the shores of Loch Linnhe, The Pierhouse offers breathtaking views to the islands of Lismore and Mull.   New Head Chef, Michael Leathley, has created a special Burns menu, including grilled langoustine and hazelnut aioli cocktail; baked haggis neeps & tatties (available as a vegan option); and sea buckthorn souffle.  The Pierhouse Hotel’s Burns menu is available from 20th-26th January and includes three courses for £28 per person, including a dram.  The Pierhouse Hotel is also offering ‘Wee Winter Breaks’ from £125 per couple, sharing a double room on a bed and breakfast basis until 31st March 2020.

To reserve, call 01631 730 302 or email reservations@pierhousehotel.co.uk. To book online, please visit www.pierhousehotel.co.uk or www.theweehotelcompany.com.


Haggis Ice Cream at Jannettas Gelateria, Fife

jannettas st andrews haggis ice cream

The legendary four-generational gelateria, Jannettas in St Andrews will be celebrating Burns Night by serving up a unique haggis-spiced ice cream.  Meat-free but with all the spicy flavours you’d expect from Scotland’s national dish.

Available in-store from Monday 20th January through to Burns Night on Saturday 25th January, cones start at £2 or add a flake for £2.60.

Jannettas Gelateria, 31 South Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9QR


Brigston & Co, Scotland’s first artisan craft smoked hot dog with haggis available for wholesale

Scottie Dog Pub Scene with Haggis

The ‘Scottie Dog’ is available for wholesale purchase Scotland-wide from 15th January until mid-February; the perfect product for bars, restaurants, caterers and retailers to trade up for Burns Night next year.

Made with Scottish Farm Assured beef and pork, combined with a secret blend of ten herbs and spices.

Earlier this year, the core product was recognised with a coveted Great Taste Award, widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

Starting out with a food truck, Claire and Euan quickly realised there was a demand for hot dogs of different varieties. Claire says, “The versatility of the hot dog enabled us to create different flavour combinations using toppings and our homemade condiments such as our BBQ sauce which we make using Illy espresso coffee. The Scottie Dog is our latest invention and a first of its kind in Scotland – perfectly paired with some Lockerbie cheddar and chutney or a creamy whisky sauce with crispy onions. We hope restaurants, bars and retailers will give it a try this year. If we have positive feedback, we may investigate launching this as a new product in our core range.”

The Scottie Dog is available to purchase as an 8 x 120g pack frozen from Williamson FoodService and Braehead Foods, and 4 x 100g fresh from Campbell’s Prime Meats online.

For more information please visit www.brigston.co.uk or call 01556 690226


Kinneuchar Inn, Kilconquhar, Fife


Chef James Ferguson will be making his own haggis at the inn for a special supper to mark the bard’s birthday. The menu will focus on dishes using ingredients sourced directly from the nearby Balcaskie estate and producers nearby: from locally caught fish and shellfish, native breed meats and game, and organically grown or foraged vegetables and fruit.

9-11 Main Street, Kilconquhar, Fife, KY9 1LF



Wedgwood the Restaurant, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Wedgwood the Restaurant

Wedgwood the Restaurant is teaming up for the second year with The Real Mary King’s Close for a Burns Supper like no other.   Diners will enjoy a contemporary three-course meal with haggis at its centre, and a live recital of Burns’ poetry at the award-winning Wedgwood the Restaurant. After the meal participants will be escorted to The Real Mary King’s Close for a Burns-inspired guided tour of the uniquely preserved historic streets underneath Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.  The evening will be completed with a dram of whisky in the Burgh Courtroom as the nation raises a glass to Scotland’s favourite son.


Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January, beginning at 6:30 pm, £59 pp

267 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ,



Orcadian Whisky Dinner To Celebrate Burns Night in Glasgow

Highland Park whisky

Gamba is holding an Orcadian Burns Night Whisky Dinner for Sunday, 26th January 2020.  The evening will be hosted by Single Malt Whisky Ambassador Adam Devine, who will introduce expressions and drinks from the award-winning Highland Park single malt portfolio.

Dishes such as peated smoked salmon from Marrbury Smokehouse, with fresh white crab, prawn and an indulgent whisky Marie Rose to roasted Shetland-caught hake with Isle of Mull scallops and Haggis, neeps and tatties with pancetta and shellfish cream.

Meanwhile, dessert lovers will enjoy their Glasgow honey cheesecake, served with raspberries, fresh mint and their specially crafted whisky and oatmeal ice cream made with a sweet Highland Park 12-year-old.

£55pp (Canapés, 4 courses, 3 cocktails, two drams, coffee & whisky tablet)
Sunday 26th January // Seating: 19:00 for 19:30

For reservations, please call Gamba on 0141 572 0899 or visit their website www.gamba.co.uk


Discover Malt Whisky Tour

rabbies tours scotland burns whisky

For Burns’ love of whisky, join the one-day Discover Malt Whisky tour. Scotch whisky is ingrained within Scottish culture, and is present all over Burns’ writing including a poem called ‘Scotch Drink’. It’s a fascinating part of Scottish heritage, and on this tour, passengers will learn about it at two distinct distilleries. Visit Glengoyne, a tiny, quaint distillery located at the foot of a delightful hill, and explore Deanston distillery, a large distillery with a fascinating industrial past. The tour also includes a visit to one of the most famous lochs in the whole of Scotland at the Loch Lomond National Park. Departing daily from Edinburgh, the one-day Discover Malt Whisky tour costs from £34 per person.



A Week Of Burns Celebrations At Mac & Wild

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Mac & Wild will mark the annual tradition of Burns Night with a whole week of shenanigans including Burns inspired menus, a dedicated Burns pop-up with Copper Dog and of course, poetry and pipers. From Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th January, both Mac & Wild Devonshire Square and Mac & Wild Fitzrovia will be celebrating the life and works of Scotland’s most renowned national treasure with endless activities including a Chivas Blend Burns Special Masterclass, Highland Park Haggis Making Masterclass in a converted Land Rover, a bottomless whisky brunch and of course, a traditional Burns Night celebratory dinner. On the menu all week will be a selection of Burns specials including the new Haig Club Haggis, Neeps and Tattie Tacos, two soft corn tortillas stuffed with Mac & Wild’s sustainable Venison Haggis, pickled Neeps, Crispy Tattie bits, Sriracha hot sauce and Haig Club Whisky Sour Cream, Dirty Haggis Chips topped with Chilli Cheese Sauce, Venison Haggis and Green Onion, Irn Bru Sour Cocktails and a Bobbie Burns cocktail, dedicated to the poet himself.

MAC & WILD FITZROVIA: 65 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PS
MAC & WILD DEVONSHIRE SQUARE: 9A Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YN


Burns inspired menu at The Ivy, Glasgow

the ivy burns night glasgow

The Ivy in Glasgow will be running a Burns menu from Monday 20th January to Sunday 26th January with some delicious dishes and cocktails to celebrate Scotland’s national bard.


  • Bulls head dry-aged Scotch rib steak (650-750gr) and whiskey sauce
  • Haggis neeps and tatties shepherd’s pie with slow-braised lamb leg, beef and haggis, red wine sauce


  • Rabbie’s Coffee – Highland Park, vanilla syrup, coffee and double cream
  • A Wee Dramble – Highland Park, lemon juice, sugar syrup and crème de mure

Read about our visit here.


Waitrose puts top Scottish chef on the Burns Supper menu in Milngavie

Barry Bryson Waitrose Burns supper

One of Scotland’s leading private events chefs has teamed up with Waitrose and WeFiFo to offer Milngavie foodies a fresh twist on the traditional Burns Supper. Cater Edinburgh’s Barry Bryson has been handpicked by Waitrose pop up collaborators, WeFiFo, to host a special Burns-themed Supper Club at its store on Glasgow Road in Milngavie on 23rd January 2020.

Barry’s specially created three-course menu showcasing Waitrose ingredients and with paired Waitrose wines. The menu will feature a warm cock-a-leekie corn fed chicken terrine, fennel oatcakes and chicken broth. The main course will include Macsween haggis, haggis croquettes, clapshot, charred carrot, beetroot granola and jus, before finishing off with Ecclefechan ice cream, cinnamon biscuits and candied fruit.

To book ‘A Modern Burns Supper by Barry Bryson’ at Waitrose in Milngavie, visit: http://tinyurl.com/u6gzcaq. Tickets are priced at £45 per person.


Dakhin restaurant in Glasgow’s Merchant City is celebrating India’s affiliation with Robert Burns with a specially created dish.

Haggis Chettinad has been specially created to celebrate India’s love of the bard after it was revealed that many of his songs have become Indian favourites since the 19th century.

India’s own legendary bard, the poet, Rabindranath Tagore adapted at least three of Burns writings, most famously ‘Phule Phule, dhole dhole’ which is based on ‘Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonny Doon’, set to a Bengali version of the original melody.

Two of Burns’s sons also served for many years in the Company army, and one of them, James Glencairn Burns, was later appointed judge and collector of Cachar (in Assam). Dumfries educated James became an expert in Hindi, instructing company cadets in the language on his return to the UK in 1839.

Dakhin’s tribute to Burns comes in the form of Haggis Chettinad. With intense flavours of freshly ground spices and gently warming black pepper, the Chettinad is a speciality of the Chettiar spice traders and sees a fusion of haggis being used instead of lamb meat.

Dakhin owner Navdeep Basi said: “At Dakhin we always strive to offer our customers something a little bit special. Scotland and India have always had very strong links with one another. To celebrate Burns day we have used our Poetic license in the kitchen to come up with a dish we think Robert Burns and his family would find tempting.”

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