Best Burns Night Parties & Where to Stay
by Dinah Hatch (January 2017)
Just recovered from the Christmas festivities? Having a dry January? Well, you'll have to stop all that nonsense because its Burns Night! Pack some alka seltzer, throw some thermals in a case and make a weekend of it at any of the hundreds of special events around Britain this January to celebrate Robert Burns' poetry. Here are our top ten favourites for sampling a wee dram...
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15/19 Trumpington Street, Cambridge
Burns Night Charity Ceilidh, Arm Atrium, Cambridge, Jan 21 7.30pm to 10.30pm
With live music from the Arm-in-Arm band and proceedings expertly overseen by caller Alison Giles, this family-friendly event is a classic way to celebrate the famous Scottish poet – and it’s all in the name of charity, with proceeds going to Mind. And don’t go thinking ceilidhs are only for the dancing-proficient, oh no, this night is for everyone, even if they’ve never flicked a pointed toe out in their life! You can always recover with a wee dram and a plate of complementary haggis…
Hotel du Vin, Cambridge.
Never made it to Cambridge Uni? Bed down in this former university building turned boutique number for more luxury than any college digs.
3 Hillside Cescent, Edinburgh
Annasach’s Burns Night Ceilidh at The Counting House, The Counting House, Edinburgh, January 25, 8pm to 11-45pm (min age 13)
It doesn’t get much more authentic than this – an evening in the very Old Town venue where Robert Burns was once hosted by poet Thomas Blacklock. Pop on your dancing shoes at 8pm and get jigging to the sounds of the Annasach’s Ceilidh Band until 9.30pm when there will be a supper of burger and fries – no, just kidding, it’ll be haggis, tatties and neeps all the way with some free Famous Grouse to swill it down with. Caller Tricia is in charge of proceedings, with dancing resuming until 11.45pm. Stay: Hillside Residence, 3, Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh. With five double bedrooms, this luxury townhouse just a short stroll from The Counting House makes for a superb home-from-home for large groups. We love the grand drawing rooms and fancy dining room. Space aplenty!
Hillside Residence, 3, Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh.
With five double bedrooms, this luxury townhouse just a short stroll from The Counting House makes for a superb home-from-home for large groups. We love the grand drawing rooms and fancy dining room. Space aplenty!
The Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne
Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh, Centre for Life, Newcastle Upon Tyne, January 27, 7pm to midnight (min age 18)
Featuring one of the north-east’s best loved folk bands Angels of the North, this Geordie Burns Night is set to be a big event with some wonderfully rousing tunes. Held in the Life conferencing and banqueting hall, organisers promise delicious home cooked food, dancing for any ability and plenty of free flowing whiskey (hic).
Malmaison, The Quayside, Newcastle.
When you’ve danced yourself silly at the riotous ceilidh and want some peace, put your feet up at this famous spot and admire the views of the winking eye bridge and some of the city’s most iconic sights. A real treat.
Burns Night Supper at the Craster Arms Hotel, Chathill, Northumberland, January 28, 7pm to midnight (min age 18)
There’s something magical about Northumberland’s coastal villages in the winter and the village of Chathill is no different. As the North Sea rages through the icy January weeks, locals know how to get through the long nights with a spot of pub going and The Craster’s traditional Burns Supper provides cosy solace on a miserably cold night. Think blazing fireplaces and free flowing Famous Grouse. Andy Grant provides the address of the haggis with music from the Nortumberland Scottish Pipes and Drums.
The Craster Apartments, Craster.
Owned by the Craster family for 900 years, these palatial rooms set over two floors, although just part of the castle, have oodles of space. Watch out for the ghost though!
57-663 Commercial Road, London
Burns Night at Boisdale, Canary Wharf, London, January 23, from 9.45pm
Short of installing yourself in a bothy in the middle of the Highlands, Burns Night does not get more Scottish than a night at Boisdale (certainly south of the border) with its mounted stag heads and expanses of tartan. You’d never know that London’s money-making skyscrapers were just outside, should you peep out the window. Expect a four-course menu of traditional fare before the 9pm show of all things Hibernian. The many whisky options at the bar should keep everyone happy.
Apple Apartments, Limehouse, east London.
Spotless three-bedroom apartments close to the tranquil waters of the Thames, the Apple complex will suit groups who want to avoid staying in central London but want ease of access by day.
Whitehall Place, London
Bread Street Kitchen, Bread Street, London, January 25, from 7pm
If you like a bit of Burns Night action but are a bit of a food snob too (no shame there), then wend your way to Bread Street Kitchen, part of chef Gordon Ramsay’s empire. Four courses of top notch versions of the Scottish classics from head chef Paul Shearing will appear at your table as you admire than floor to ceiling window views on one side and open kitchen on the other, with paired whiskies to go with each course.
Corinthia Hotel, London.
Just four stops on the tube from Cannon Street (for Bread Street), Embankment’s Corinthia Hotel is an elegant five-star London grand dame frequented by celebs, business big wigs and anyone one who likes luxury. Huge light-filled public areas, fresh flowers scenting the air and sparkling marble floors say it all.
30 Great Pulteney Street, Bath
Burns Night at the Pump Rooms, Stall Street, Bath, Jan 21, 7pm-midnight
Kick off the night with a sparkling drinks reception held beside the torch-lit Roman Baths into which you will be piped in, of course. Toastmaster Stan Barker will lead guests into the Pump Room where a Burns Night feast awaits. Expect readings of the Bard’s poetry by Leonard Pearcey and music from live band Skara Brae. The evening will conclude with a charity raffle in aid of the Prince’s Trust.
The Gallery, 30, Great Pulteney Street, Bath.
Sleeping four, this gorgeous Georgian accommodation is right in the heart of the city and an easy walk anywhere. With the original drawing room and many period features, this is Bath at its most original.
Berwick Drive, Bristol
Burns Night Dinner at the Clifton Club, Bristol, January 27, 7pm, black tie with a Scottish twist
Get into the gentlemen’s club vibe this Burns Night with a terribly sophisticated black tie dinner celebrating Scotland’s most famous son. Now a time honoured favourite at the club, Burns Night formal celebrations include a four course menu with wine, coffee and whiskey, recitations of the poet’s work and plenty of whiskey selections to sample.
Berwick Lodge Hotel, Berwick Drive, Bristol.
Set in 18 acres of gorgeous grounds, treat yourself to a night at the luxurious country house Berwick Lodge so that you can walk off that whiskey head the morning after!
11 Clouston Street, Glasgow
Burns Night Special, The Stand Comedy Club, Woodlands Road, Glasgow, January 25. 8.30pm
Enough of the stuffing your face with haggis. What is haggis, anyway? Do something a bit different this Burns Night and head off for a night of comedy at The Stand where comedians Vladimir McTavish, Niel McFarlane and Susie McCabe (I’m not making these surnames up) guide you through an evening of Scottish-based hilarity.
Glasgow House, Clouston Street, Glasgow.
Check into this four-bedroom self-catering period townhouse in Glasgow’s West End and you’ll be within stumbling distance of the city’s buzzing nightlife (as well as the Botanical Gardens where you might like to rest your delicate head the day after the night’s frivolities). Or just sit in the rooftop level rooms where the city views are sublime.
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