Monday, 22 January 2018

Our Guide to Burn's Night in Edinburgh

As TQR is made up of 3 Scottish gals, we decided to put together a very patriotic blog post about a traditional Scottish celebration that is almost upon us. Burns Night celebrates the life of our national poet, Robert Burns and all of his wonderful poetry of course (see example below):

The Silver Tassie

Go bring to me a pint o wine,
And fill it in a silver tassie;
That I may drink, before I go,
A service to my bonie lassie:
The boat rocks at the pier o Leith,
Fu loud the wind blaws frae the Ferry,
The ship rides by the Berwick-law,
And I maun leave my bony Mary.

The trumpets sound, the banners fly,
The glittering spears are rank├Ęd ready,
The shouts o war are heard afar,
The battle closes deep and bloody.
It's not the roar o sea or shore,
Wad make me langer wish to tarry;
Nor shouts o war that's heard afar –
It's leaving thee, my bony Mary!

A very traditional Burns night involves bagpipes, whiskey, highland dancers and the main event is, of course, the Haggis. But seeing as we are three twenty-somethings living in 21st century Edinburgh, we like to do things our own way. And so for you, we have put together a few different and more modern ways of celebrating the wonderful Robert Burns.

1. Calvin Haggis Burger at Byron

For a limited time only (from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th) all of Byron's Scottish restaurants will be celebrating Burns night by serving the delicious Calvin Haggis burger. This wonderful creation is made up of a 6oz hamburger, bacon and onion relish, a potato scone, American cheese, dry cure bacon, a fried egg, onions, Byron sauce and of course HAGGIS. This is the only Burger at Byron that includes Haggis so get it while you can. (Also, the cheese and bacon fries are a must-have. You will thank us later)

2. MacSween Haggis Afternoon Tea at The Beer Kitchen

A Haggis themed Afternoon tea is being served in The Beer Kitchen from Monday the 22nd to Sunday the 28th of January between 12pm and 6.30pm. It is £15 for two people which include a half pint of Beer each. Cant go wrong with that.

3. Eight Course Scottish Tapas Night at Butternut Squash in Portobello

The small but delicious little cafe on Bath Street in Portobello - which is about as east as you can go without leaving Edinburgh, is hosting a truly spectacular Burns feast. 8 Scottish inspired dishes for only £25.00 per person, complete with live music and dancing. You can book via Butternut Squash's Facebook page which is linked above. Such a great way to support a local business on Burns night and this is where Lyndsey is heading this year.

4. Teuchters Landing Amazing Scottish Food All Year Round

Teuchters Landing has to be one the best place to get traditional Scottish food in Edinburgh. Situated on The Shore in Leith it's the perfect place to grab something to eat with friends or family. The food is super fresh and delicious, and there is something for everybody on the menu. Teuchters offers haggis, smoked salmon and black pudding all year round, so if you are planning a last minute Burns celebration look no further!

5. The Ghillie Dhu for a Traditional and Spectacular Burns Celebration!

The Ghillie Dhu at the West End of town in Edinburgh is a gorgeous venue that knows how to throw an amazing party! This year they have the 'Rabbie Burns experience' running all week beginning the 19th of January starting from £25.95 per person. This includes a dram on arrival, a 4 course traditional Burns feast, the unforgettable addressing of the haggis and a live ceilidh band throughout the night. The place to be in Edinburgh to celebrate Burns in style!


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