Burns Night Supper

Burns Night Supper

Join us at the Beachhouse Hotel in Seahouses on the 25th of January 2024 for an unforgettable Burns Night Supper. We’re delighted to invite you to a traditional Scottish celebration, featuring a sumptuous haggis feast, poetic recitations, and the warm spirit of Robert Burns himself.

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Scotland while enjoying the picturesque coastal setting of Seahouses. Reserve your spot for an evening of Scottish delights and memories by the sea.

Menu includes;

  • Scottish Broth with Artisan Bread
  • Piper to parade the Haggis and addressed by the Host ‘Haggis, Neeps & Tatties’ Dram of Whiskey
  • Stovies with Granary Bread
  • Raspberry Cranachan

7pm Arrival and carriages at 11pm

  • £35 per person for dinner only
  • One night overnight stay for 2, includes Burns Night Supper and full Northumbrians breakfast from £110

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A Tribute to Scotland's Poet Robert Burns

Burns Night is a cherished Scottish tradition, a heartfelt tribute to Robert Burns, one of Scotland’s most beloved poets. Celebrated annually on the evening of 25 January, which marks the poet’s birthday, this event unites Scots and enthusiasts worldwide in honoring the enduring legacy of Robert Burns. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the rich history, traditions, and modern celebrations of Burns Night, ensuring you’re well-prepared to embrace this cultural treasure.

The Life and Legacy of Robert Burns

Robert Burns, affectionately known as Rabbie Burns, was born on 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire. His remarkable poetry and songs captured the essence of Scotland’s culture and spirit. Burns’s works, including “Auld Lang Syne” and “To a Mouse,” continue to resonate with readers worldwide. His deep connection to nature, social commentary, and heartfelt verses have made him an enduring figure in literature.

Origins of Burns Night

The origins of Burns Night date back to 1801 when a group of Burns’s friends gathered to commemorate the fifth anniversary of his passing. What began as a small, intimate affair soon evolved into a grand celebration, held on the poet’s birthday. The significance of 25 January was chosen as it symbolized the poet’s lasting influence on Scottish culture.

Traditional Burns Night Food

No Burns Night celebration is complete without a hearty feast, and at the heart of it lies the legendary haggis. Haggis, a savory pudding made from sheep’s pluck, oatmeal, and spices, is traditionally served with neeps (mashed turnips) and tatties (mashed potatoes). The ritual of the “Address to a Haggis” accompanies the unveiling and slicing of this culinary centerpiece.

HaggisSavory pudding made from sheep’s pluck and spices
Neeps (Turnips)Mashed turnips served as a side dish
Tatties (Potatoes)Mashed potatoes accompanying the haggis

The Immortal Toasts

One of the quintessential aspects of Burns Night is the series of toasts. These toasts add a delightful blend of tradition and humor to the evening. The Order of the Toasts typically includes:

  1. The Selkirk Grace: A short grace before the meal, thanking the provider of the food.
  2. The Toast to the Lassies: A lighthearted toast celebrating women, often accompanied by humorous anecdotes.
  3. The Reply from the Lassies: A witty response to the previous toast, offering a female perspective with humor and charm.

“Here’s tae us; wha’s like us? Damn few, an’ they’re a’ deid.” – Robert Burns

men celebrating a whiskey on Burns Night

The Poetry of Burns

A pivotal part of Burns Night is the recitation of Robert Burns’s poetry. His verses, often characterized by their heartfelt emotions and love for Scotland, strike a chord with the celebrants. Poems like “Tam o’ Shanter,” “To a Mouse,” and “A Red, Red Rose” are frequently recited, providing a profound connection between the attendees and the poet’s work.

Burns Night Traditions and Activities

As the evening progresses, various traditions and activities are observed. The singing of “Auld Lang Syne” brings participants together in a heartwarming display of unity and nostalgia. Bagpipes and traditional Scottish music provide the perfect soundtrack to the night, stirring emotions and adding to the atmosphere.

The centerpiece of the evening, the “Address to a Haggis,” is an eloquent recitation of Burns’s poem that pays homage to the dish that takes center stage during the feast. The poem’s lively and dramatic reading captivates the audience and enhances the sense of occasion.

Burns Night and Whisky

Scotch whisky is synonymous with Scotland and naturally finds its place at the Burns Night table. A whisky tasting session can elevate the celebration. Consider pairing different whisky varieties with the courses of your Burns Night meal to savor the flavors and enhance the overall experience.

In conclusion, Burns Night is a heartfelt celebration of Robert Burns’s enduring legacy and Scottish culture. From the poetic verses to the savory haggis, this annual event unites people in a spirit of camaraderie and appreciation for Scotland’s national bard. As you embark on your Burns Night journey, remember these traditions and insights to create a memorable and meaningful celebration.

Join us as we raise a toast to “Celebrating Burns Night” and to the timeless words of Robert Burns.

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