Today marks the annual celebration of Robert Burns, where many people around Scotland and the UK gather together to celebrate the poet’s life with a haggis & neeps and tatties supper, poetry – and last but not least, whisky.
So who was he and why’s he relevant today?
Robert Burns (1759-1796), is widely recognised as the national poet of Scotland, and these celebrations of his work and life began as far back as the late 1700s – with suppers laid on by his friends to celebrate the anniversary of his death. After his death, he became recognised as a cultural icon of Scotland and a figurehead of liberalism and socialism, and his poetry has long stood the test of time.
If you fancy turning your hand to a spot of Scottish cuisine tonight, here are a few recipes you can try out:
Or if you don’t fancy cooking and like us, are in London, get along to one of these local restaurants who are cooking up a Scottish storm
Queen of Hoxton- Toast to Rabbie Burns 7-10pm, Hoxton http://queenofhoxton.com/
Bread Street Kitchen – Burns Night Feast, Four-course menu £45 per person or £75 per person with whisky pairings. Book Online
Mac and Wild – Burns celebrations Jan 23 – 30: A full week of Scottish treats including haggis delicacies and whisky cocktails macandwild.com
Jones Family Project – http://jonesfamilyproject.co.uk/events/118-burns-weekend.html
Bourne and Hollingsworth -Burns Night Dinner, £55 per person http://www.bourneandhollingsworth.com/tickets/
Hawksmoor Spitalfields – The Voyage of the Black Haggis, 5.30pm-’til late www.hendricksgin.com