Burns’ Night – Enjoy Scottish Staples at Gourmet Society Restaurants
January the 25th marks Burns’ Night – celebrating the life and work of the 18th century bard, Robert Burns, on the date that was his birthday. The celebration began shortly after his death in 1796 and has been an upheld Scottish tradition ever since, and now takes place all around the world.
The Burns’ Night Supper comprises of some Scottish staples, focused around the iconic haggis which was once described by Burns himself as the ‘great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race‘. Haggis options come in vegetarian often, too, so non-meat eaters don’t have to miss out. Traditionally, a haggis dish will be addressed officially with a Burns poem, before being pierced with a dagger, as part of the celebration. Dishes will also feature ‘neeps and tatties’, and a generous helping of Whisky sauce.
Finally, those wanting to truly take part in Burns’ Night should take note of the dress code – tartan, of course.
If you want to celebrate Burns’ night this year, get ready for a hearty welcome at several of Gourmet Society’s fantastic Scottish restaurants, where you can experience the best in Scottish cuisine whilst soaking up the culture and perhaps listening to a few renditions of Burns’ poems and songs.
A bonnie Scottish welcome awaits diners at The Cathedral House Hotel Restaurant, Glasgow. Visitors to this stunning 19th century baronial-style building will marvel at its recent refurbishment, which sees the Gothic turrets and impressive stone spiral staircase lovingly restored; granting visitors superior views of Glasgow’s iconic cathedral and the sprawling Necropolis.
With its menu of traditional Scottish delicacies, this homely restaurant waves goodbye to airs and graces and invites guests to tuck into some hearty grub. Curious tourists can sample some of Glasgow’s most famous dishes, including cullen skink, haggis with black pudding, and Scottish smoked salmon. With fine cuts of Scottish meat available for main courses, diners will be spoilt with quality produce and local, seasonal ingredients. There’s an Aberdeen Angus burger with chunky chips, or a Scottish 28 day matured rib eye steak with sautéed garlic mushrooms. Vegetarians needn’t feel left out – there’s even a meat-free haggis up for grabs.
A Scottish meal on Burns’ Night wouldn’t be complete without a good slug of whisky to finish up, and The Cathedral House Restaurant has an unrivalled collection of tipples in their dedicated whisky bar. With an astonishing 130 options available, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help pair up a meal with the perfect malt.
For an authentically Scottish dining experience, head down to Argyll Hotel’s premium restaurant and bar, Sutherlands, in Glasgow’s west end on Sauchiehall Street. In this prime Glaswegian spot, Sutherland’s Michelin star chef, David, and his proficient team of chefs, whip up great value and beautifully cooked Scottish cuisine, crafted in-house from the freshest and locally sourced ingredients.
Diners’ taste buds will be dancing a Cèilidh with the cracking cuisine offered on Sutherland’s menu. What could be more apt for Burns’ night than a starter of haggis, sweetened with an apple ginger purée to kick-off the meal in true Scottish style? For those who are not tempted by the local delights, there’s always the chef’s seasonal soup of the day. Mains will sweep diners off their feet with the likes of a pure Angus beef burger or succulent roast chicken, gone wild with mushrooms, twizzling them onto a dessert of creamy Scottish vanilla ice cream and sticky toffee pudding.
The subtle lighting, second-to-none service and cosy open fire, all contribute to the warm and comfortable ambience of Argyll’s Sutherlands. With a roaring open fire, Sutherlands is perfect for a Burns’ Night stop, a romantic dinner for two, celebrating an anniversary, or a first date. Whatever the mood, Sutherlands will surely entice with its delicious Scottish fare, and maybe a stay at the family-run and traditional Georgian-built hotel will round off the whole Glaswegian experience.
The Turquoise Thistle Restaurant is located inside the Hotel Indigo in Edinburgh city centre. This contemporary dining venue uses only the best local produce in its modern and varied dishes. If you’re looking for somewhere to sample traditional Scottish cuisine with a modern and contemporary twist this Burns’ night, look no further.
Diners can sample the restaurant’s cuisine in miniature through the range of bites, which includes risotto balls in a pesto dressing, mini Scottish beef burger or crispy haggis bon bon. Appetisers on the other hand, include dishes such as home-cured Scottish salmon, caper, dill and celeriac remoulade or steamed West Coast mussels with white wine, garlic and parsley sauce. Main courses feature the delectable Ramsey’s speciality sausage and mash, vegetarian-friendly butternut squash and pea risotto or a dish from the grill such as 8oz 35-day aged Buccleuch sirloin steak with hand cut chips and garlic mushrooms.
The Turquoise Thistle Restaurant is situated within a beautiful Georgian building, and this historic façade contrasts with the restaurant’s modern interior. The décor of the dining room is crisp, clean and elegant with bright accents of purple no doubt inspired by the Scottish thistle. The restaurant is located in York Place, just a minute’s walk away from the York Place tram stop and not far from Edinburgh Waverly Station. The Turquoise Thistle Restaurant’s commitment to excellent customer service and local ingredients make this a wonderful dining experience in Scotland’s historic capital.
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