10 Offaly Good Places To Go This Burns Night

The calendar is littered with odd celebrations. Pancake Day, when we throw pancakes at the ceiling. Guy Fawkes Night, when we inexplicably burn a Catholic at the stake. Battle Of The Boyne Day, when we look at our phones and wonder what on earth Battle Of The Boyne Day is and why is my iPhone telling me this again? And then there’s Burns’ Night. When we read impenetrably bad poetry and devour the brains and stomachs of unsuspecting sheep. If you’re looking to feed your insatiable appetite for offal, bagpipes, whiskey and something called ‘neeps and tatties’ (swede and potato) then here are Burns Night restaurants in London laying on a spread.

Because, actually, it’s rather good fun. Say what you may about the ingredients, but even the most translucent-skinned vegan would fail to agree that haggis is utterly delicious. Generous helpings of Scotch whiskey are the perfect antidote to ‘Dry Jan’ and the soulful drone of bagpipes, well played, can on occasion be melodious rather than odious. Sure, the poetry’s beyond redemption, but you can’t win them all. And so fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, here’s where to go this Burns Night in London…

Burns night restaurants in London: Boisdale

Boisdale, Mayfair

Self (but accurately) styled as Scotland’s unofficial embassy in London, you almost don’t need to scroll any further down this Burns Night restaurants in London listicle (though please do!).

Boisdale, the pillar-box red Belgravian Scottish restaurant will be laying on a four-course Burns dinner in the ‘ultimate’ Burns celebration. Expect plenty of haggis, neeps and tatties and so on. A piper will be in attendance and the haggis will no doubt be thoroughly addressed.

And then, gloriously incongruously, Ali Affleck will sing the American Songbook as the live music kicks in. But you don’t have to go on Burns Night itself, they’re running the four course menu between Tuesday and Saturday 28th.

Find it: 15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9LX
Click it: www.boisdaletickets.co.uk
Book it: Wednesday 17th to Wednesday 31st January
‘Gram it: @boisdale_restaurants

Burns night restaurants in London: Bourne & Hollingsworth

Bourne & Hollingsworth, Clerkenwell

A live band and piper will be on-hand at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings this Burns Night. And the night after Burns Night.

The Clerkenwell Townhouse are offering a banquet (tickets are £70 or £95 with whisky tasting) which includes all the Scottishy trappings. Once you’re loaded with haggis, you’ll surely want to hop around until it all wants to come back out.

Ending with the piper and band closing the evening with Auld Lang Syne…

And you can thanks to the live band and ceilidh! Dance the night away, ending with the piper and band closing the evening with Auld Lang Syne. 

You can opt out of the dinner, and just enjoy the whisky tasting and dancing for £45.

Find it: 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
Click it: www.bandhbuildings.com
Book it: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th January
‘Gram it: @bourneandhollingsworth

Carousel, on Charlotte Street, has teamed up with Edinburgh restaurant Skua for a Burns Night to remember. Chef Tomás Gormley, who was awarded a Michelin Star for Heron last year and Gormely has since opened a sister restaurant, Skua.

The Edinburgh basement restaurant is moody and candlelit, small but perfectly formed. Named after the Scottish seabird, it’s already made waves north of the border. And he’ll be bringing his culinary talents to bear at Carousel this January.

The event, in partnership with Aberfeldy Highland single malt whisky promises to be worthwhile. And, being on the Friday, you can even go the night after many of the other events on this page!

Find it: 19-23 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RL
Click it: www.carousel-london.com
Book it: Friday 26th January
‘Gram it: @carousel_ldn

Bentley’s, Mayfair

Richard Corrigan’s fantastic fishy destination, Bentleys, will be celebrating Burns night with their in-house piper, Maggie McNaulty, and a special Burnsy menu.

Corrigan will be rolling out the tartan carpet…

Enjoy a selection of food with a nod to the sea, as you’d expect. The menu includes Cullen skink (was that a Fatboy Slim song?), haggis, neaps and tatties, Orkney scallop and more.

And it wouldn’t be Burns night without lashings of the restaurants finest Scottish Whisky.

As a fellow Celt, Corrigan will be rolling out the tartan carpet.

Find it: 11-15 Swallow Street, Mayfair, W1B 4DG
Click it: www.bentleys.org
Book it: Wednesday 25th January
‘Gram it: @bentleysoysterbar

Ham Yard Hotel, Soho

The brilliant Ham Yard Hotel on the edge of Soho is laying on a five course meal in a private room specially for the night.

Hosted in the hotel’s Windmill Room, the evening starts with a canapé and cocktail reception before sitting down to a Scottish inspired feast. All of which is paired with a selection of whiskies thanks to Islay distillery Bruichladdich.

Learn about the nuances of five very different bottles of whisky while enjoying Executive Chef Jamie Atkinson’s menu of Loch Fyne smoked salmon. This is followed by the inevitable haggis, neeps and tatties, before a main of venison Wellington. And a dessert of burnt orange brûlée followed by a cheese course of Strathdon Blue from Tain.

We love this hotel and it promises to be a great dinner and worth the £100 outlay.

Find it: 1 Ham Yard, Soho, W1D 7DT
Click it: www.sevenrooms.com
Book it: Thursday 25th January
‘Gram it: @hamyard_hotel

Rotunda, Kings Cross

Canalside Rotunda in Kings Cross is throwing another Burns Night extravaganza this Burns Night.

The live bagpipist will be putting everyone at ease…

The evening will see guests work their way through a whisky tasting with Glenfarclas, fifth-generation Highland distillers, and lots of Burns Night specialities like Cullen skink and haggis.

The live bagpipist will be putting everyone at ease and the food should be excellent. The boozy raspberry Cranachan trifle sounds particularly tasty.

Then it’s to Hall 2 of King’s Place and a massive ceilidh! The whole thing is £95 all-in.

Find it: Kings Place, 90 York Way,
Kings Cross, N1 9AG
Click it: www.rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk
Book it: Thursday 25th January
‘Gram it: @rotundalondon

Boisdale, Canary Wharf

Boisdale, by sheer Scottishness, deserves two places in this listicle. Plus, it’s got two sites, which from the exterior couldn’t be more different (a Belgravian townhouse and a Canary Wharf skyscraper) but from the inside look and feel identical.

And Boisdale’s Eastern sibling will be throwing on a similar spread to its Western. Namely pipers, Dumfriesshire haggis and neeps and so on. And, of course, music.

Which is provided, again, by Ali Affleck, singing her way through the American songbook.

Find it: 1 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, E14 4QT
Click it: www.boisdale.co.uk
Book it: Wednesday 17th to Wednesday 31st January
‘Gram it: @boisdale_restaurants

The Wolseley, St James’s

No lifted kilts or raucous reel of the 51st division at The Wolseley, where things will be kept sophisticated. The Piccadilly restaurant will be putting on a smart dinner to celebrate Burns Night.

The menu looks just as delicious as you’d hope…

There’s a Cullen skink, haggis, neeps and tatties (of course) and the “King of Scottish desserts”, Cranachan.

The restaurant’s mixologist has created a pair of cocktails along with The Macallan. The whisky maker turns 200 this year and to celebrate there’s an Alloway Sour and Bobby Burns.

Find it: 160 Piccadilly, St James’s, W1J 9EB
Click it: www.thewolseley.com
Book it: Thursday 25th January
‘Gram it: @thewolseley

Rails, Kings Cross

We loved Rails when we visited last year. And what could be better than a Burns Night feast at this sophisticated restaurant.

The menu on Thursday 25th January will include an ode to Robert Burns. Namely the classic trio of haggis, neeps and tatties.

We loved Rails when we visited a month or so ago…

Wash it down with whiskey, there will be Glenlivet on standby.

Find it: King’s Cross St Pancras International
Pancras Road, N1C 4TB
Click it: www.railslondon.com
Book it: Wednesday 25th January
‘Gram it: @rails.london

The Oarsman, Marlow

To be honest we only included this one last year because the very nice PR lady got in touch and told us all about it. But a couple of readers went along and spoke so highly that we’re including again in 2024. So if you’re willing to stray from the cosy confines of the M25 then The Oarsman in Marlow isn’t too far afield.

The Buckinghamshire gastropub (nay, ‘bistropub’, they insist) is cosy and sits in the centre of smart Marlow, a few stops on the train or a relatively short drive from West London.

If you’re willing to stray from the cosy confines of the M25 then The Oarsman in Marlow isn’t too far afield…

And the merry burghers of Marlow (and maybe you) will be able to enjoy a Burns Night to remember.

To start a Boulevardier cocktail and then Head Chef Scott Smith has has created a menu of classics ‘with a modern twist’. So look forward to haggis, neeps and tatties with ‘broon sauce’, a mains of roast cod and Arbroath smokie braised leeks and finish yourself off with Dundee cake and whisky cream. Not bad for £55.

You can also discover Marlow in the process.

Find it: 46 Spittal Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1DB
Click it: www.theoarsman.co.uk
Book it: Wednesday 25th January
‘Gram it: @theoarsmanmarlow

The Laslett, Notting Hill

Notting Hill hotel The Laslett will be making things a little bit Scottish-er this Burns Night.

The Laslett will be making things a little bit Scottish-er…

The 51-room boutique hotel, packed with contemporary art and championing emerging artists will reach back a couple centuries to another creative soul… Rabbie Burns.

As well as putting on a tape of Scottish music the hotel will offer £5 ‘scotch cocktails’ all day on Thursday 25th January along with ‘haggis bon bons served with whiskey mayo’.

Find it: 8 Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, W2 4DU
Click it: www.living-rooms.co.uk
Book it: Available on Thursday 25th January
‘Gram it: @thelaslett

Sam’s Riverside, Hammersmith

We’ve raved about Sam’s Riverside before, and rather fell for the place around lockdown-time. And we’d absolutely love to be back this Burns Night.

The Thames-side restaurant will be cooking up a special Burns Night supper to honour Robert Burns.

The menu will include smoked haddock, Cullen Skink, black pudding Scotch egg and Haggis. All to a live bagpiper. Not bad for £65 per person.

Find it: 1 Crisp Walk, Hammersmith, W6 9DN
Click it: www.samsriverside.co.uk
Book it: Thursday 25th January
‘Gram it: @samsriversidew6

Wilton’s, St James’s

One of London’s most ancient restaurants (they reckon they’ve been around since 1742) Wiltons was already our London go-to restaurant for game, and the leap to Burns Night isn’t a huge one.

So little surprise that there’s a special dish being laid on for the event.

Punters at the Jermyn Street restaurant can get their teeth around Blackface haggis, Lancashire turnip and swede purée. Served with a Bladnoch whisky sauce, it sounds delicious.. 

Find it: 55 Jermyn Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6LX
Click it: www.wiltons.co.uk
Book it: Thursday 25th January
‘Gram it: @wiltons1742

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