Burns night information

Here is some Burns night information to help plan your night, or to know what to expect if this is your first time. Because Burns suppers can be either formal or informal, apart from appreciating the history of the bard, the night is about fun, entertainment and sharing a few drams with friends and family in celebration.

The Selkirk Grace

The Selkirk Grace is a short but important prayer that is read to usher in the meal. It is also known as Burns' Grace at Kirkcudbright. This is the version that can be recited in Scots. Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit.

Supper format

Download or print the Address to the haggis (download as PDF). The Address to the Haggis is always the first item in the traditional Burns supper programme. In more formal events, the haggis is piped to the table with a rousing bagpipe accompaniment. When ready, the Address to the Haggis should be delivered with the poem reader having his knife poised at the ready. The address is then traditionally followed by the Toast to the haggis.

The toast drink

On cue when the haggis is cut for the first time – an enjoyable measure of your Art of the Blend whisky – traditionally downed in a single gulp.

The Meal

The starter: Traditional cock-a-leekie soup (recipes and descriptions courtesy of Wikipedia); - please open links in this section a different window The main course: Haggis, bashit neeps & champit tatties (haggis, mashed turnip and mashed potatoes) The sweet: Clootie dumpling or Tipsy Laird (trifle with whisky) The cheeseboard: A mixture of textured cheeses with bannocks (oatcakes) Liberal lashings of wine can be served with dinner and it's customary to douse the haggis with a splash of whisky sauce which in true Scots understatement, is no more than a neat whisky. Please note… We want you to enjoy your Burns night – and the morning after - so care should be taken if following this literally because mixing grape and grain (wine and spirit) is not recommended. Please drink responsibly. Return to the Burns supper whisky page. Toast to the Lassies This is the time for a humorous highlight of any Burns supper whether formal or informal. After this comes the toast which is designed to praise the role of women in the world today. The toast drink Surprise surprise…  It’s another whisky. Reply to the Toast to the Lassies In more formal events, this is the time for the lassies to get their own back on the lads with a humorous reply. Even if you're having in informal night, this is still the chance for the lassies to get their own back at the laddies. After this comes the toast which is designed to praise the role of men in the world today. The toast drink Surprise surprise…  It’s yet another whisky. Return to the Burns supper whisky page. Auld Lang Syne Guests are invited to stand and belt out a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Download or print Auld Lang Syne Lyrics (PDF download) If you'd rather consider attending a pre arranged event in Scotland, here are some examples of pre-organised Burns supper nights around Scotland.

Eden Mill partner Burns supper nights in 2017

Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, St. Andrews Join us for a traditional Burns Dinner in the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel's prestige Rocca Restaurant on Wednesday 25th January. Beginning the night with an appearance from the Royal Scot Dragoon Guard followed by a three-course meal with each course accompanied by one of our delicious Art of the Blend Whisky - it is a night not to miss. Tickets priced £49 - available directly from the hotel. Bruach, Broughty Ferry For an intimate and classy taken on a Burn Night come along to Bruach on Thursday 26th January. Pairing your traditional Burns Supper with our latest Art of the Blend Whisky and delicious cocktails, the food and drink are sure to impress, all you need to bring is the laughs to go along with it. Ticket price TBC - available from Bruach. Howe of Fife 'Boozy Burns Night' Why not try a relaxed and alternative Burns Night this year with Howe of Fife Rugby Club. Being held on Friday 27th of January this three-course meal includes some traditional and some more unusual courses to tickle your taste buds.  All matched perfectly with an Eden Mill Beer, Whisky and Gin to give tribute to our National poet. Ticket price TBC and - available from Howe of Fife Rugby club.  VisitScotland listed events. Return to the Burns supper whisky page.