Scottish poet Robert Burns is remembered every 25 January around the world in a hearty celebration of his life. Burns is highly celebrated in Scotland (his birthplace) as the country’s best ever poet and lyricist, and was named the greatest Scot by Scottish television station STV in 2009. His works were written in both Scottish and English.
As well as being a poet and lyricist, he also collected and adapted folk songs, such as traditional Hogamanay tune Auld Lang Syne. On the anniversary of his death, Burns’ friends commemorated his death on July 21 1796 with a celebratory supper, which grew into the yearly tradition of a Burns Night feast on his birthday; 25 January.
Although Burns Night is largely celebrated in Scotland, it is also observed throughout much of the world, with York proving to be no exception. Here’s our brief guide to what’s on, do let us know if we’ve missed anything!
Supper, Loch Fyne – 25 January, £23.95
A three course meal kicked off with a dram of Tallisker or a glass of wine.
Ceilidh, De Grey Rooms - 26 January, £17
The York Ceilidh Club band will be performing a series of dances to celebrate Burns’ life. A drinks reception will start the evening off.
Supper, The Grange Hotel - 26 January, £29.95
A Burns Night supper will be hosted at the hotel. To celebrate, there will be a Scottish piper to pipe in and address the haggis, Selkirk Grace and wee dram of whisky.
Banquet, The Punchbowl in Stone Gate Friday 25 – Sunday 27, £12.95
A Burns Night banquet is being held with a traditional menu at The Punch Bowl. There will be a three-course meal where a number of dishes will be available to choose from. A dram of Talisker single-malt whisky will also be served to accompany the meal.
Scottish Feast, Burbridge’s Restaurant Friday 25 – Sunday 27, £12.95
A traditional three-course Scottish Feast is being served at the Burbridge’s Restraurant.
York Steiner School Burns Night Social £10 adults, £5 children
A great outing for families. The burns night meal will be made up of two vegetarian courses. There will also be the chance to partake in whisky tasting for an additional £5.