Burns’ Night in Edinburgh 2016

No matter where you stand on Robert Burns and his work (I find it all a bit twee), Burns’ Night is a great excuse to get together with a few friends and raise a glass in celebrations of Scotland.  If you don’t fancy the dishes which might come with having a Burns’ Night celebration at home, there are bars and restaurants across Edinburgh offering delicious treats in hour of Scotland’s national bard.

Amber @ The Scotch Whisky Experience
Located at top of the city’s famous Royal Mile, Amber Restaurant – part of The Scotch Whisky Experience – is offering a four course treat this Burns’ Night.  Using the best Scottish produce that Scotland has to offer, the meal kicks off with a trio of starters, followed by traditional haggis, neeps & tatties.  Another trio of mains is then followed by Cranachan and a selected dram of Scotch to wash it all down.  And at just £32.50, it’s an absolute steal!

The Whiski Rooms
Sitting at the top of The Mound, The Whiski Rooms has one of the best views in Edinburgh and is the perfect setting for a hearty Burns’ Night meal.  The three course meal features Cock-A-Leekie soup, haggis, neeps & tatties, and cranachan (are you seeing a pattern here?).  A complimentary nip of whisky is shared to toast the Bard, after which you can get stuck into the bar’s fantastic whisky cocktail menu.  Fiddle band Muckle Flugga will also be on hand to ensure the night goes with a bang.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the recently opened-to-the-public private members club is putting on a bit of a show this Burns’ Night.  The Dining Room on Queen Street will be playing host to piping, traditional poems and a sumptuous five course meal.  Three of the society’s own whiskies (which they bottle themselves) will also be matched with three carefully selected wines; bringing together the best of both worlds.

Tucked in a corner of Edinburgh’s West End, Usquabae is the city’s newest whisky bar and is gaining a sterling reputation for both its food and its whisky.  A four-course meal this Burns’ Night, including the obligatory haggis, neeps & tatties and two drams, comes in at just £27.50.  Even if you don’t make it down for Burns’ Night, be sure to nip along for a few drams soon.

And now for something completely different.  Down on The Shore, VDeep is offering an Indian-inspired three course menu, inspired by Burns  Neep pakora & dips are followed by a haggis naan with a selection of house curries, all finished off with Chia cranachan.  The restaurant will also be running a Haggis Naan eating competition, where challenges are invited to try and eat as much naan as they can in three minutes.