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 Friday 25th January.
The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch
If you head over to Shoreditch, The Jones Family Project are offering a special 3-course Burns Night meal for £38.50 or if you want to add paired Compass Box whiskies, it’s £55. You’ll begin your evening with the House Cured Pollock in spiced rum and ruby frost apple paired with a King St Highball tonic and bitters. This will be followed by a delicious Rack of Wild Venison with savoy cabbage, haggis, black pudding and roasted neeps, and paired with a Story of the Spaniard Dram of Blended Malt.
You can then round off your meal with a choice of either a naughty but nice Layered Cranachan, made with berries, shortbread, whisky cream, toasted almonds and oats, paired with a Hedonism Dram of Blended Grain or you can opt for the slightly healthier Isle of Mull Cheddar served with homemade chutney and oat cakes, paired with an Old Spice, SpiceTree ginger wine.
To reserve a table simply e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call on +44 (0)207 739 1740.
The Jones Family Kitchen in Belgravia
Sister restaurant The Jones Family Kitchen in Belgravia, which opened last summer, is offering diners a similar 3-course Burns Night meal for £38.50 or £55 with drinks pairing. You’ll start your Burns Night evening with the House Cured Pollock in spiced rum and ruby frost apple paired with a Chivas Mizunara – Highball or Straight up. This will be followed by a seasonal Rack of Wild Venison with savoy cabbage, haggis, black pudding and roasted neeps, and paired with a Schooner to Strathilsa, made with Chivas 12, pear, lemon, sage syrup and topped with their very own Jones lager.
Round off your evening in Belgravia with a choice of either a delicious Cranachan, made with berries, shortbread, whisky cream, toasted almonds and oats, paired with a Dram of Chivas 18 or you can opt for the Isle of Mull Cheddar served with homemade chutney and oat cakes, and also paired with a Dram of Chivas 18.
To reserve a table simply e-mail: email@example.com or give them a call on +44 (0)203 929 6000.
Indian Accent in Mayfair
Award-winning Mayfair restaurant Indian Accent is celebrating Burns Night with a feast of haggis, wine and whisky with a specially prepared four-course menu created by Chef Manish Mehrotra. Your evening will begin with a whisky cocktail and the sound of bagpipes to get you in the mood, whilst munching on canapés of butter chicken bouchées and panko crusted Amritsari fish with coriander tartare.
The menu will include haggis kofta and turnip korma, paired with a 2015 Cheval des Andes and served with a selection of delicious kulcha flat breads, including wild mushroom with truffle oil and applewood smoked bacon with barbeque butter. You’ll round off your meal with a mithai cheesecake with besan ladu tart paired with the fine sherry notes of a Glenmorangie ‘Lasanta’.
This four-course tasting menu is priced at £75 per person on its own or add an additional £25 if you’d like to take advantage of the whisky and wine pairing with each course. You can make a reservation by calling +44 (0)20 7629 9802 (extension 2) or online by clicking here.
The Jugged Hare in The City
The Jugged Hare, a popular gastropub in The City is going to be commemorating Burn’s night with a one-night-only traditional Burns Night supper that kicks off at 7:30pm and where you will quite literally feast on a five-course menu, which includes plenty of Haggis, including haggis croquettes with whisky HP sauce and roast rack of Herdwick mutton with black pudding, Isle of Mull Cheddar and whisky chutney, all paired with wines to match by Sommelier Gui Mahaut, and of course a wee dram of whisky to round off the evening.
Young’s Pubs across London
From next Thursday 24th January to Sunday 27th January, all Young’s pubs across London will be offering customers a complimentary dram of Laphroaig 10yr whisky. Distilled on the Isle of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, this whisky is rich with peaty flavours. Simply download the Young’s On Tap App to claim: www.youngs.co.uk/on-tap-app
There are more than 100 pubs in just about every part of London participating this year, from Wandsworth to Wimbledon to Shepherd’s Bush, Shoreditch and Kentish Town, so you are bound to find a pub near you or visit their website to find the closest one: www.youngs.co.uk
The Colton Arms, West Kensington
If you head over to West Kensington on the 25th you’ll find The Colton Arms hosting a special Burns Night supper club. From 7:00-10:00pm you will indulge in a Scottish-inspired four-course menu for £40 per person with a paired whisky flight for an additional £10 per person.
You will start with scallops ‘Skink’ with Abroath smokie, a Scottish speciality paired with a 10-year Glenmorangie whisky. For your main course there is a Hebridean lamb breast with Scotland’s favourite clapshot, rosemary and whisky jus, paired with a 10-year Talisker whisky. You can then round off your meal with a raspberry and thyme Cranachan accompanied with a yummy deep-fried Mars Bar paired with a 15-year Dalwhinnie whisky. You can book tickets here or visit their website: www.thecoltonarms.co.uk
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-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.