Burns Night Special

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There are few better ways to end January detox resolutions and diets than a night of hearty Scottish food and good whisky to celebrate Burns Night.  Here’s a round-up of the best events in town:

‘Union Haggis’ @ Boisdale – menu available at all three restaurants until 29 January
The combination of consistently brilliant Scottish inspired food and live jazz means that a trip to a Boisdale restaurant is never less than memorable on a normal night.  However, visit for their Burns Night celebrations and you’ll experience Scottish hospitality at its best.  This year they have created a ‘Union Haggis’ that features an ingredient from each country within the United Kingdom.  Add to that bagpipers in full Highland regalia, speakers to recite the Ode to a Haggis and London’s best Scotch whisky collection and you’ll be doing your best Braveheart impression for the rest of the week!  Menu starts at £35/head. www.boisdale.co.uk

Hix, Hardeep and The Haggis @ Browns Hotel, W1. 24 January
Mark Hix, Director of Food at Brown’s Hotel, and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli will be hosting a Burns Night Banquet to celebrate the life and poetry of Robbie Burns.  Guests will enjoy a traditional Scottish menu whilst being entertained by the duo, including flaming the haggis and culinary quips throughout the evening.  £95/head.  www.hixmayfair.co.uk

Miss Whisky @ The Coach & Horses, EC1. 24 January
With her easy-going yet knowledgeable approach, Miss Whisky’s events are always a fun way of experiencing the often intimidating world of whisky.   This year she has partnered with The Coach & Horses to create a 4-course whisky matched menu that’s sure to raise the spirits after the January blues.  With Champagne, wine and other treats included in the price, it’s great value at £55 too.  http://misswhisky.com/events/burns-night-2014

Burn’s @ Mr Fogg’s, W1. 25 January
In typical Mr Fogg’s fashion, the Olde World inspired Mayfair bar is providing a raucous yet refined approach to Burn’s Night.  Guests on the evening will be welcomed by a bagpiper before being invited to toast the haggis with a glass of Glenmorangie’s finest and enjoy some delicious haggis canapes. The evening will then continue with a poetry recital of some of Robert Burns’ best works.  Extra kudos will be handed to blokes wearing kilts!  Reserve your place in advance. www.mr-foggs.com

The Duke’s Head, SW15 24 & 25 January
The Duke’s Head is taking Burns Night pretty seriously with two Scottish-themed events. The first on Friday 24th focuses on ‘The Art Of Blending’ – giving guests the opportunity to blend their own whisky using the five main single malts that go into Chivas Regal.  For a more effortless evening visit on the Saturday when they host a three course supper paired with Scottish drinks. Diners will be kept entertained with bagpipes, a Robert Burns poetry reading and, of course, the ‘Ode To Haggis’.  www.dukesheadputney.com