Many Brits like to celebrate Burns Night every year and so if this is a date that’s firmly in your diary, then we have a few suggestions of where to go in London on Saturday 25th January.
As Burns Night falls on a Saturday this year, The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch will be hosting a Burns themed whisky tasting on Thursday 23rd January priced at £38 per head. This exclusive event is limited to just 20 guests and rather than offering a full dinner menu like last year, Jill Boyd, who is Whiskymaker at award winning Compass Box, will be presenting and discussing several of their popular whiskies paired with some specially prepared themed canapés. Compass Box are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and guests will able to chat informally with Jill during the evening about the Compass Box whiskies they will try on the evening, as well as about whisky more generally.
The Canapé Menu, which I had the pleasure of tasting recently, includes a delicious Neeps & Tatties Soup, some Mini Haggis Scotch Eggs with oxtail mayonnaise, some really tasty Mini Smoked Haddock & Chive Fishcakes and a fabulous Raspberry and Whisky Cream Pots to finish with.
The paired whiskies include a Great King St Artist Blend (Milroy’s Special Bottling), Hedonism, Spice Tree, Delilah’s Flaming Heart and a secret special treat to finish so I’m told.
This special Burns Night evening starts at 6:30pm and will be held in the downstairs restaurant. Reservations can be made either by clicking on this link here or by emailing the restaurant at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you miss Burns Night or it’s not your thing, then perhaps you might like to pop along for dinner one evening and enjoy a nice steak and glass or two of red wine, as throughout January The Jones Family Project are running a special Rump and Rioja Offer priced at £48 for two people. But this no ordinary steak, this is a 500g of 55-day dry-aged English Longhorn rump steak, with salad and a choice of triple cooked chips or fries and a bottle of Rioja to share. Your steak will be cooked in their Josper grill which caramelises it beautifully. The wine is being rotated on a weekly basis, serving some of the restaurant’s favourite Riojas.
And if you’ve decided to join the trend and have a ‘dry January’, then fear not, as the bar team at The Jones Family Project have created some rather creative non-alcoholic cocktails all priced at £7.50. For example, Sober Sombrero is made with Ceder’s Classic, grapefruit juice, sage, lime and sugar. Or there is Pink Garden, which is a mix of Cedars Crisp, strawberry, lime, basil, ginger ale and sugar. And lastly, Fresh Green Spice, made with Cedars Crisp, celery, lime, sugar, pea shoots, cucumber and black pepper.
Burns Night at DUKES London
Across Town in St. James’s, DUKES London will be hosting a Burns Night evening with an ‘Exceptional’ twist in collaboration with The Exceptional for the Whisky and Hunters and Frankau for the Cigar on three separate evenings.
On the 23rd and 24th January, they will be welcoming guests to their Drawing Room, from 6:00pm, for an evening of whisky tasting, a cigar and canapés, with tickets priced at £55.00 per person. And then on Saturday 25th January a special Burns Night event will take place in DUKE’s restaurant, GBR starting at 6:00pm, where guests will enjoy a welcome Whisky Cocktail to the sound of a live Bagpiper, followed by a four-course menu, each course paired with a counterpart whisky. The Burns supper is priced at £65.00 per person.
Burns Night at 108 Brasserie in Marylebone
108 Brasserie, just off fashionable Marylebone High Street, is celebrating Burns Night on Saturday 25th January with a traditional Scottish menu paired with a whisky flight in partnership with Highland Park.
This special Burns Night Supper menu consists of Balmoral Estate venison & haggis Wellington, accompanied with neeps & tatties and a whisky sauce, priced at £30 per person. You can also add some black truffle for an extra £7. You’ll then round off your meal with a Traditional Cranachen with oat shortbreads priced at £10.
The Whisky flight in partnership with Highland Park costs £65 per person and consists of a Highland park 12-year-old whisky, a Highland Park Dark Origins and a Highland Park 18-year-old whisky.
So, whatever you do decide to do on 25th January, we wish you a fun-filled evening accompanied with great tasting Scottish food, good company and of course a few drams of Scotch Whisky!
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.