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January 21, 2019

Friday 25th January marks the birthday of Rabbie Burns and people all over the globe will be raising a glass to the famous Scottish poet.

Here are a few 5pm restaurants in Edinburgh which will be marking the Bard's birthday with special events.

In the West End, Ghillie Dhu (main pic) is giving it laldy for Rabbie every night from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th January.

Guests will be greeted with an arrival dram before being seated for a four course Rabbie Burns menu.

The haggis will be piped into the room with a Robert Burns reading and traditional toast.

As well as a Scottish cheeseboard, and cranachan dessert, the meal includes Isle of Arran haggis and a main course of lamb rump with Dauphinoise potatoes.

Throughout dinner there will be live Scottish folk music. After dinner, there will be a full on ceilidh.

Tickets are £47.95 and available to book in advance from the venue website.

Ark of Taste Menu

Contini Cannonball has a fantastic location by Edinburgh Castle.

Contini Cannonball has a fantastic location by Edinburgh Castle.

Over at the Cannonball House branch of the Contini restaurant group, they are offering a six course, Slow Food Ark of Taste  menu for Burns.

Available for pre-bookings on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th January, it includes a nip of whisky with the haggis.

It costs £47 per person. Matching whiskies - Glengoyne 10yr, 15yr and 18yr - can be added at £18 a head.

The full menu is here.

Alternatively, we have a Big Deal with the Cannonball restaurant which is valid until the 30th of March.

Taste of Scotland 

The Deal has two options: £28 for a two course meal for two or £60 for a four course Taste of Scotland meal for two with Prosecco.

The Continis are very careful about sourcing the best Scottish produce and the restaurant’s top floor location means that you can enjoy iconic views of the Edinburgh skyline and castle with your meal.

In the meantime, remember that the 5pm January Dining Sale is still alive and kicking.

You can browse all the 5pm restaurants which are offering two or three course meals - some even include a drink - for £12.