There is a whole weekend of activities to celebrate the life and verse of the Scottish poet in Birmingham and Warwickshire coming up, so if need somewhere to swing your sporran in style here are my top three picks.
Starting with The Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa. On Friday 23rd, the evening starts with a sparkling drinks reception around the magical torch-lit Roman Baths, a Piper, Burns’ Night supper in The Pump Room Restaurant, Burns’ poetry readings by Leonard Pearcey as well as a charity raffle in aid of the Forever Friends Appeal and live band. The menu includes a shot of Cullen skink soup, fillet steak and cranachan for £55 per person.
The Hampton Manor boutique hotel in Solihull, serves their traditional Burns Night Supper in their fabulous grand drawing room on Saturday 24th. The evening will start with a welcome cocktail at 7.30pm followed by a delicious meal at 8pm. Pipe Major Martin Hewins will lead the proceedings and address the haggis, before guests tuck into Haggis Neeps and tatties, Scottish hand dived scallops, Scotch Beef Wellington, a selection of Scottish cheeses and biscuits, whisky cream and shortbread. Vegetarian option includes a veggie haggis and butternut squash Wellington.
On Sunday 25th, from 7pm-9pm the Library of Birmingham is hosting Birmingham’s Poet Laureate Joanna Skelt and a selection of fantastic poems. To accompany this event the Birmingham Whisky Club has chosen a fantastic collection of Scottish whisky for everyone. Held at Book Rotunda, Level 2, tickets are £30.