If you are looking for ideas on how to spend Burns Night in
Glasgow or Edinburgh, look no further.
To begin, we have to mention Friday's four-course Burns Supper at Edinburgh's Printing Press Bar and Kitchen, part of The Principal Edinburgh George Street.
Comprising several townhouses, the hotel is said to have hosted Burns back in the 18th century. He was a guest of the novelist Susan Ferrier who lived in one of the townhouses.
At the heart of the Printing Press celebrations will be the time-honoured Address to the Haggis and, to get into the spirit of Burns, Edrington-Beam Suntory will host a whisky pairing with each course.
The menu is as follows:
Smoked haggis, puréed neeps, crispy potato. Paired with a dram of Highland Park 12-year-old whisky
Braised beef cheek, skirlie cake, spinach, glazed root vegetables, horseradish. Paired with a dram of Auchentoshan American Oak whisky
Cranachan - paired with a Smoky French Martini
There is also a vegetarian menu paired with the same drinks:
Spiced sweet potato soup, sour cream, marjoram
Vegetarian haggis, puréed neeps, crispy potato
Herb gnocchi, trompette mushrooms, pecorino
Pineapple carpaccio, passion fruit sorbet, mint jelly
The evening takes place on Friday 25th January. It starts at 7.30pm and costs £47 per person.
Haggis spotting at Brewhemia
Possibly taking a more unorthodox approach, Brewhemia on Market Street is promising Scottish sonnets, live acoustic music in the early evening and Back Chat Brass channelling some Scottish vibes with their own immersive take on brass.
Apparently, guests may even get the opportunity to spot a haggis roaming around...
Here is their £25 menu:
Cullen skink served with a warm Arran smoked cheddar scone and butter
Haggis bon bons, crushed neeps, crispy potato and a whisky cafe au lait sauce
Slow-cooked Scottish brisket of beef accompanied by a haggis, neeps and tatties filo sporran, honey glazed carrots and a red wine jus
Dram of Johnnie Walker
Zapping back over the M8, Òran Mór will be celebrating the life and works of Scotland’s national bard on Saturday 26th January.
The evening will start with guests being piped through Òran Mór’s Bell Tower entrance towards a welcome dram.
A traditional three course Scottish menu will be served in the stunning Auditorium. The evening’s entertainment includes performances by Iain Roberston and friends.
Tickets are priced £45 and include a welcome dram of whisky, three course dinner and entertainment.
The venue has just unveiled a new permanent art exhibition: ten paintings depicting Burn’s epic poem Tam O’Shanter. The main picture above shows one of the more dramatic scenes.
The pictures were created by renowned Scottish artist Nichol Wheatley. Earlier in the day, between 10am-2pm, Òran Mór is having an open day for people to see the works.