A wee dram for Burns’ Night


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.

The Pump Room Restaurant

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.

Hampton Manor Grand Drawing Room

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.

 Birmingham Whisky Club

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.

Winter warmers

If the weather outside is frightful here are some January events guaranteed to warm you up!

January events

This month you can brighten up a Winter’s day with a glass of Nyetimber English wine, as part of Mallory Court’s winter afternoon tea, or laze away your weekend at the new back room brunch by Peel & Stone in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

The Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa and the Library of Birmingham are just two of the venues piping in the haggis to celebrate Burns’ Night. Another cause for celebration is the luxurious four course dinner at Turners Restaurant Taste of Winter dinner.

If yo ucan wait until the end of the month, Scoff Street Food returns to Fargo Village in Coventry after their seasonal break.

As usual all details can be found on the Events page. If you are going to any of these events let me know  – I’d love to hear what you think of them.

Table Talk

This week I’ve looked at Burns Night suppers and where to buy authentic ingredients to celebrate at home.

On Wednesday The Bluebell in Henley in Arden will be serving four courses of the best Scottish produce. Starting with cullen skink velouté shots, then Loch Duart cured salmon with beets and horseradish crème fraiche, haggis neeps and tatties with a Glenmorangie jus, finishing off with Simon’s delicious take on the oaty Cranachan. A  Scottish piper in full regalia will pipe the haggis in, which guests can toast with a whiskey and vanilla champagne cocktail. http://www.bluebellhenley.co.uk


At the Hogarth’s Hotel in Solihull, a few wee drams will be sipped to the wistful sound of bagpipes in an homage to Scotland’s finest wordsmith, Robert Burns. The Burns Night menu on Friday 25 January includes traditional cullen skink, haggis with neep and tatties, roast rib eye of beef, with crushed root vegetables and shallot sauce plus dessert of whiskey and caramelised oatmeal crème brûlee for £29.95 per person. http://www.hogarths.co.uk


The Birmingham Whisky Club is holding their four course Burns Night Supper at Birmingham’s oldest pub – The Old Crown in Digbeth on Friday. There will be six whiskeys to taste, specially paired with each course by Craig Mills from The Whisky Shop. Menu and booking details are available here http://www.thebirminghamwhiskyclub.co.uk/#/menu/4572461388

birmingham whisky club

I spotted this board outside Aubrey Allen in Leamington, where you can buy award-winning MacSween haggis from their deli counter, if you intend to celebrate at home.

Aubrey Allen Burns Night