Where to celebrate Burns Night in the UK

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Every year, the life and works of renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns are celebrated on 25th January – his birthday - across the country.

Burns Night is celebrated with traditional Scottish food, verse, music and drink, generally involving some form of haggis-based meal and a barrel of whisky. We’ve pulled together some of the best Burns celebrations being held across the country this month for you to try...

Have a Haggis Toastie in London

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With regular and vegetarian options up for grabs, the whole gang can tuck into a mouth-watering Haggis Toastie from the seasonal menu at Deeny’s. Made with hot haggis, rich cheddar, caramelised onion and peppery rocket, the authentic Scottish café has become famous across London markets for its ‘Macbeth’ Haggis Toastie.

Find Deeny’s permanent café in Leyton and across London markets including Broadway Market, Chatsworth Road and Shepherds Markets in the city.

Enjoy The Burns Night Whisky Dinner in Leeds

Staying true to whisky-loving Scots, City Café in Leeds invites you to a whisky-oriented evening for a contemporary take on the classic tradition. Fine whiskies will be expertly paired with a mouth-watering three course meal – enjoy a menu of oak-smoked Scottish salmon, Aberdeen Angus steak and a cheese platter.

Saturday 24th Janurary at 7.30pm; City Cafe, DoubleTree Hilton Hotel; Booking is essential; £29 per person.

Seek out a Scottish cocktail in Spitalfields

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If food isn’t your first choice for celebrating, indulge in a cocktail or two at the secret Spitalfields cocktail den Discount Suit Company, who are running a special house cocktail throughout January named The Burns Sipper. Go on, just one wee drink!

Discount Suit Company, 29A Wentworth Street, Spitalfields. 

Feast at Windsor Rugby Club

Come together for an evening of good food, wine and whisky, all soundtracked by a traditional Scottish piper, of course. With a dress code of black tie or something Scottish, you can feast upon a traditional four course Burns supper while celebrating Robert Burns himself.

Friday 24 Jan from 7.30pm; Tickets £22 each. 

Have a Knees Up in Newcastle

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Dubbed ‘The Coffin’ by locals due to its unusual shape, the folk at The Central Bar in Gateshead are transforming their buffet bar into a dedicated Whisky Lounge, with 100 whiskies available. On Sunday 25 January, the bar is hosting a Burns Night complete with a traditional piper, Scottish canapés, a short talk from the specialists at Jura whisky and - most importantly - whisky sampling.

Sunday 25 January from 7pm; Half Moon Ln, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 2AN.

Traditional Burns Supper at Five Bells in Colchester

Tuck in to traditional haggis, neeps and tatties (alternatives available) and finish with a decadent sticky toffee pudding at Five Bells. Wash it all down with whisky by the dram.

Sunday 24 January from 7pm; Five Bells, 7 Mill Ln, Colne Engaine, Colchester, Essex CO6 2HY

Or if you fancy just staying in:

Treat friends to your home-cooked haggis to warm the cockles or try out a vegetarian haggis recipe for a more animal-friendly option. 

By Lizi Woolgar