Burns Night falls each year on 25th January. The evening shines
like a beacon of hope at the end of a long and dreary month. With the recent mania for Dry January, this year's celebration of Scotland's national poet is a welcome respite from the austere beginning of 2016.
From 6.30pm on 25th expect be-sporraned gaity, tartan a plenty (clashing preferred) and increasingly raucous recitations of Burns’ poetry, both the famous and the obscure. The haggis will be ceremoniously piped in by a local bagpiper, resplendent in full regalia, and each table is responsible for a verse of the famous Address of the Haggis, a task taken very seriously in some quarters, with some of the Mulligers already overheard practicing their pronunciation: 'Sonsie', 'Ah-leven' and 'Och Noo!'.
The menu is traditional, with whisky on arrival, a Cullen Skink inspired Scotch Egg to start paired with a beer or a whisky, 'freshly hunted' Haggis* for main course (vegetarian option available for the squeamish) complete with neeps, tatties and a whisky pippette and 'wee heavy' beer alongside, and cranachan with more whisky for dessert. Booking is essential and traditional dress is optional, though strongly encouraged.
Monday 25th January 6.30pm
39 euro per person to include all food, drink pairings and Irn Bru
Book via firstname.lastname@example.org
*A recent poll found that 35% of tourists visiting Scotland believed that Haggis was a beastie to be captured, and indeed, 25% expected to catch one themselves. Ours is sourced from a Scottish butcher.