Celebrating Burns Night in Edinburgh

It’s Burns Night this Sunday, which gives us Scots the chance to eat, drink and be merry in the depths of January.  Held on the anniversary of Burns’ birth, the celebration was originally started by some of his close friends a few years after his death and continues to endure today the world over.  Some of Edinburgh’s best restaurants will be marking Burns Night over the coming week and below you’ll find three great deals from some of my favourite eateries.

Amber @ The Scotch Whisky Experienc
Amber Restaurant is one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems.  Located in the city’s five-star whisky visitor attraction, The Scotch Whisky Experience, the team at Amber focuses on brining together the best produce that Scotland’s larder has to offer, and using them to give Scottish classics a contemporary twist.  From Monday 19 until Sunday 25 January, executive chef David Neave and his team will be offering a special menu to honour the Bard, with the three course meal coming in at just £17.95 – an absolute bargain for the quality of food they offer!
Bookings can be made by calling 0131 477 8477 or visiting Amber’s website
(Disclaimer: The Scotch Whisky Experience is one of my clients at work but I wouldn’t include them if their food wasn’t fantastic!)

The Whiski Rooms
Perched at the top of The Mound, The Whiski Rooms is one of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh.  Not only does it serve up delicious food, but it also has a vast selection of whiskies, alongside a range of experimental whisky cocktails.  It is also a great spot for people watching, so be sure to bag yourself a table near the window and you can watch the world drift way whilst sipping on a dram.  This Sunday, The Whiski Rooms is putting on its own Burns Supper, which includes bagpipes, speeches, haggis, and of course, whisky.  The three course meal, which comes with a dram of Talisker, comes in at £35 per person.
To book, go online or call 0131 225 7224.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society
I’ve not got a membership for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society but I’ve had a few good evening there with some friends who have managed to smuggle me in over the past year or so.  With locations in both Queen Street and Leith, the Society offers a journey into the unexpected, as all the whisky they sell has been specially selected and bottled by the venue.  In conjunction with itison, the Society’s Queen Street venue is holding a Burns Supper this Friday evening, which will include a two course dinner, a tasting of three single cask bottlings, a rendition of Burns’ most celebrated work and a £20 discount on membership.
The Burns Supper can be booked via itison here.

Do it yourself!
Although the three restaurants above are offering some great deals, many people’s bank balances will be all but empty after Christmas, so why not hold your own Burns Supper at home?  It doesn’t need to be anything too fancy – just good Scottish food, good whisky and good company.

And speaking of good whisky for Burns Night, be sure to check back this Thursday for a review of Rabbie’s very own malt.