Celebrating Burns Night in Style

Burns Night is typically celebrated in Scotland on January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard (as he is known in Scotland) or the poet Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. Burns is probably best known for writing “Auld Lang Syne”, the song that is sung at the beginning of the New Year. Many people and organizations hold a Burns’ Night supper on or around 25th January to observe the passing of Robert Burns. Whether these events are formal or informal, they generally centre around the same sort of food; haggis (a type of sausage prepared in a sheep’s stomach), cock-a-leekie soup (chicken and leek soup); neeps (mashed turnips or swedes) and tatties (mashed potatoes); cranachan (whipped cream mixed with raspberries and served with sweet oat wafers); and bannocks (a kind of bread cooked on a griddle). Whisky is the traditional drink. The haggis is traditionally brought out to the sound of bagpipes and when it is set on the table, the host of the event will read the “Address to a Haggis”. This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to the Scottish dish. At the end of the reading, the haggis is ceremonially sliced into two pieces and the meal begins.

About Robert Burns: he was born in Alloway, Scotland, on January 25, 1759. He died in Dumfries, Scotland, on July 21, 1796. He wrote many poems, lyrics and other pieces that addressed political and civil issues. Burns is also known as: ‘Rabbie Burns’, the ‘Bard of Ayrshire’ and ‘Scotland’s favourite son’. Acquaintances of Robert Burns’ held the first Burns’ supper in his honour on July 21, the anniversary of his death, in Ayrshire, Scotland, in the late 1700s. This date was changed to January 25, to mark his birthday. Burns’ suppers are now traditionally held by people and organizations with Scottish origins worldwide, particularly in Australia, Canada, England, and the United States. If you want to celebrate Burns Night in style, then why not head off to one of these hotels and make it a special occasion.

Prestonfield House – Edinburgh – Friday 27 January 2012

Join us for a fantastic Burns Supper at Prestonfield in aid of Scottish charity, Prostate Scotland.

Enjoy sparkling wit, wine and whisky with a delicious three-course dinner and exceptional entertainment in the spectacular setting of Prestonfield’s circular stables. Probably the best Burns Supper in Edinburgh. Welcomed by the rousing strains of Prestonfield’s Pipe Major, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cocktail followed by a delicious four-course dinner that includes the very best of Scotland’s larder, including traditional haggis, Angus beef and includes a half bottle of wine per person. Priced just £60 including vat, this is an exceptional evening of entertainment and, with seating at tables of ten, it is an affordable opportunity to entertain clients, colleagues or friends. After dinner you’ll be able to enjoy the humour and wit of Greg McHugh, better known as Gary Tank Commander and the critically-acclaimed Jo Cauldfield. Well-known broadcaster Grant Stott will be our host and Len Murray, widely regarded as one of the finest speakers on Burns, will offer an entertaining and informative insight into the life, times and work of the Bard in his Immortal Memory. To reserve a table call 0131-662 2305.

New Hall Hotel Spa – Sutton Coldfield – Wednesday 25th January 2012

The New Hall Hotel & Spa will be holding a Burns Night Supper for £35.00 per adult. Celebrate Burns Night on Wednesday 25th January at New Hall Hotel & Spa in Sutton Coldfield and join us for Supper. You will enjoy a delicious 3 course Supper and a wee dram for £35.00 per adult.

Burns Night Supper Menu

Smoked salmon tartar, Capers, Dill sour cream, Blinis or Cock-a-leekie soup

Glazed goats cheese, Toasted oatmeal, Red wine reduction

MacSween haggis, Neeps and tatties (Traditional or vegetarian) or Medallions of Aberdeen Angus, Roasted parsnip, Wild mushrooms, Rosti potato

Pan fried supreme of salmon, Horseradish mash, Leaf spinach, Herb emulsion

Cranachan (Fresh raspberries, Toasted oats, Honey whiskey cream) or White chocolate brulee, Shortbread biscuits or Selection of Scottish cheese, Oat cakes

To reserve a table, call the Hotel on : 0845 0727577.

Craiglands Hotel Ilkley – Saturday 28th January 2012

The Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley offers great Burns Night Breaks. Arrive 28th January 2012 x 1 night – £59 per person Bed & Breakfast plus 4 course meal, followed by a Piper and Ceilidh entertainment. The Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley, a delightful spa town, famous for centuries for it’s waters and countryside. The Craiglands hotel is very much a part of this famous Yorkshire town, elegantly designed and well appointed throughout. It is set in 6 acres of landscaped gardens and offers guests gracious hospitality. The Craiglands Hotels Brasserie 1 restaurant menu selection changes on a regular basis with daily specials. The hotel is in the process of bedroom refurbishment so why not request one of the new rooms with spectacular views. The Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley offers great late deals and special offers on short breaks throughout the year. To reserve rooms please call 01943 430001.

Cairndale Dumfries – Friday 27th January 2012

The Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries offers great Burns Night Breaks. Arrive 27th January 2012 x 2 nights – £79 per person Dinner, Bed & Breakfast plus Traditional Scottish Entertainment on the Saturday evening. Friday – Dinner on Friday in Sawney Beans Restaurant (£17.50 allocation) Saturday – Four Course Themed Dinner with a Nip of Whisky, Traditional Scottish Entertainment provided by the ever popular Sandy & Lee. The Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club in Dumfries is superbly located in the centre of the town. Dumfries is the largest town in Dumfries & Galloway and offers visitors a wide range of attractions and amenities. A couple of minutes walk from the Cairndale Hotel will take you to the shopping centre, which has over 250 shops, popular restaurants and lively bars. The Cairndale is an all round hotel with extensive leisure and exciting weekend entertainment programmes. During the day there is lots to see and do in the area, in what is commonly known as the “forgotten corner” of Scotland. To book call 01387 254111.

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