Pic by Gene Taylor

Here’s our pick of where to go on Burns Night for a craicing good time:

1) Five Little Pigs, Wallingford – Raise a toast to Robert Burns on Thursday 25 January for some Scottish-inspired specials from a tattie scone with whisky-glazed bacon to a hearty venison main, an ode to the deep-fried Mars Bar with a smoked heather caramel ice cream and nougat pudding, served with scraps, it’s all covered. Washed down with an IRN BRU Margarita, and you have a Burns Night with a difference. Book a table here: https://www.fivelittlepigs.co.uk/book-a-table.

Five Little Pigs

2) Back Lane Tavern, Woodstock – Head Chef Johnny Park has arranged an assortment of traditional Scottish dishes to enjoy in addition to the small plates and tapas menu. From Haggis and leek croquettes with an Isle of Mull truffled custard, tartare of Loch Duart salmon, pickled neeps, ponzu and avocado, then the Miso and whisky glazed Aberdeen Angus short rib of beef, with celeriac, bone marrow sauce. heather. Finish with honey pistachio cake, Royal Lochnager set cream, raspberry jelly, Valrhona chocolate. Ring to book, or book online! MORE DETAILS HERE

Johnny Parke is head chef at The Back Lane Tavern

3) The Yurt at Nicholsons, North Aston – is hosting a special pop-up Burns Night supper on Jan 25 with head chef Andrew Carr’s twist on the traditional Scottish celebration with live music, a welcome drink, a three-course supper and a toasting of the haggis with a wee dram of small distillery whisky. Try Scottish “stovies” hash brown crunch with beef fat emulsion, Cullen Skink croquettes with leek emulsion, roast onion, rarebit, potato and cheddar foam and a malted ale sauce, Haggis neeps and tatties with whisky sauce and winter greens and even a Dundee cake with shortbread ice cream and aerated butterscotch, cranachan crunch, whisky and local honey. £45 per person which includes a drink and canapés on arrival and a three-course meal. View the menu here. Book at https://ticketpass.org/event/EWCHFE/burns-night-at-the-yurt

The Yurt at Nicholsons

4) The Perch, Binsey – Craig Thomson, the Highland born and bred Executive Chef, has put together these Scottish specials to celebrate Burns Night on Thursday 25th January. Think ‘MacSween’ Haggis Croquette, Kiln Roast Salmon Fillet, ‘MacSween’ Haggis, Chicken Balmoral, Cullen Skink, Marmalade and Drambuie steamed pudding with vanilla custard or Cranachan with Lavender Shortbread BOOK HERE

The Perch

5) The Duke, Woodstock Join them for some delicious Scottish specials prepared by Head Chef Alan Dann! Expect a delicious “Cullen Skink” smoked haddock chowder, McSweens famous haggis, stovies, smashed neeps & whisky sauce,
and finish with Cranachan white chocolate, raspberry mousse and a raspberry gel! https://www.dukeofmarlborough.co.uk/events/

6) The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis, Thursday 25th January from 6pm. Martin Sherriff’s special six-course dinner includes Wee Bites (Arran oak-smoked cheddar custard tarts, Venison tartare, Salmon (whisky-cured with compressed cucumber, dill & whole grain mustard dressing) Haggis (local partridge with haggis & quail Scotch egg, pressed neeps & tatties terrine, baby turnips, whisky & cassis jus, Cullen Skink Mousse, Pear caramelised with whisky gel, chocolate & whisky cream, caramelised milk cream, shortbread crumb and Cheese with a raspberry cranachan oat bar and Dunsyre Blue cheese. https://www.thegreyhoundletcombe.co.uk/menu-burns/

Martin Sherriff with his team at The Greyhound Letcombe Regis

7) Museum Late at The Story Museum returns for Burns’ Night on January 25, an evening dedicated to celebrating the enduring legacy of Robert Burns, with a unique blend of dramatisations from Creation Theatre, a ceilidh with folk musicians Sawney Bird & Fletcher, traditional Scottish fare, a Caledonian piper, and festivities to transport you to the heart of Scotland’s rich cultural heritage. The café will be serving small bites and the bar will be open until 10pm. BOOK HERE

ceidlidh at The Story Museum

8) Browns, Oxford – Thursday 25th January. Three courses of traditional Scottish specials include Pan-seared Scallops and Pancetta, Haggis, Neeps & Tatties and an irresistible Cranachan, each course paired with whisky, including Glenfiddich 12 and 15 year, and Balvenie 12 year old. £36 for three course, £52 with whisky pairings. https://www.browns-restaurants.co.uk/restaurants/southeast/oxford/burns-night#/


9) Oxfordshire Yeoman, Freeland – Burns Night returns on Thurs 25! Book in for the set menu of two courses for £22 which includes a dram of whisky!. Choose from haggis, neeps and tatties with a whisky gravy, the steak & ale pie or pan roasted salmon. For pud dive into the cranachan, choc brownie or sticky toffee pudding. MORE DETAILS HERE

The Oxfordshire Yeoman

10) Chequers, Oxford – Celebrate the life and work of the great Scottish poet Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns between Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th January Enjoy a traditionally Scottish two (£19.50) or three-course (£31) set menu with our curated Whisky Flight (extra) including Johnnie Walker Black Label, Talisker Skyeand Monkey Shoulder. For starters enjoy Smoked Scottish Salmon or a hearty Scotch broth. Then indulge in Haggis, neeps & tatties served with mashed swede, potatoes and gravy or the Puy Lentil Cottage Pie. End with a bowl of Cranachan BOOK HERE

If you’ve got a Burns Night going on that we haven’t mentioned, get in touch on our socials!