What better way to pay homage to Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, than by having a slap up meal and a good ol’ knees up? Have a nosy at our top picks on where to celebrate Rabbie Burns with a great feast on Burns Night in Edinburgh.
The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant
From 7pm-midnight on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th, you can enjoy a three-course feast with a nip of whisky at The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant. You’ll be enjoying your Burns supper menu at shared tables so don’t be shy. To get you dancing after your food, the traditional ceilidh band, Shenanigans, will be playing. So remember your dancing shoes as you’ll be ceilidhing your wee socks off.
Wedgwood the Restaurant
Celebrate our beloved bard in style at Wedgwood the Restaurant. Their contemporary menu serves all things Scottish, from Scotch broth to loin of Perthshire venison, and has a thoroughly Scottish Cranachan to finish. You won’t want to dine anywhere else. You can enjoy all this and more for £55 per head with an optional paired whisky flight for £35.
Burns Night in Edinburgh calls for some traditional Scottish fayre and Howies most certainly will produce. We know January can be tough and most of us are counting the pennies ’til payday, but there are offers to be had at Howies throughout January. Enjoy two courses at lunch for £8.95, or two courses at dinner for £14.95 every Sunday – Thursday until 25th January. To keep true to the Burns Night spirit, we recommend the traditional haggis neeps and tatties with thyme jus, and their famous banoffee pie to finish.
Not too fussed about Burns Night menus?The following restaurants offer traditional Scottish cuisine, and have a whole host of menus to help you celebrate.
“A mountain of seafood requires proper commitment which isn’t difficult when the food is as good as this,” Jay Rayner, The Guardian. Now if Jay Rayner says that about your restaurant, you know it’s good. Enjoy some of the best quality, sustainable seafood on offer throughout the British Isles.
Restaurant Martin Wishart opened in 1999 and was awarded a Michelin star in 2001. It is situated in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith. The restaurant brings the very best traditional and modern French cuisine to Edinburgh, using the finest Scottish ingredients.
Fishers in the City
If you want a warm, relaxing evening, chowing down on some of the finest seafood in town, then Fishers in the City is the spot to visit. Try The Fisher’s chowder, the chilled seafood platter, and the haddock fish and chips, which are always popular. Otherwise, opt for something more exotic like the tempura oysters or the stone bass with home smoked Toulouse sausage, squid ink tagliatelle, and a tomato langoustine bisque.
With a farm to table ethos, Timberyard Edinburgh serves food perfect for a cold winter’s evening (which we have aplenty in Scotland). A family-run business, this place sports a cool, industrial vibe, with professionally-presented, home-grown produce and impeccably sourced ingredients.
Sharing the same philosophy as its sister restaurant, The Kitchin, Castle Terrace Restaurant aims to bring nature to plate with an impressive menu. Try inspirational seasonal dishes, including the Surprise Tasting Menu, that never fails to show off the chef’s skills. The a la carte menu is split into starters and seasonal mains, from the Sea and From the Land, with the likes of crab coming from the nearby Newhaven Harbour, and venison from the Winton Estate, just outside Edinburgh.
As if you needed another reason to visit the Kitchin, Burns night in Edinburgh is the perfect excuse to sample their delicious Scottish produce. The à la carte menu is a veritable love letter to Scotland’s larder and waters: from the hand-dived Orkney scallops, and mackerel from nearby Newhaven, to the Scrabster monkfish tails from the Scottish borders.
Aizle, coming from the old Scots word meaning “spark”, is an unconventional restaurant in the Southside of Edinburgh. Everything at Aizle is made in-house, from the sourdough, to the hand churned butter. Much like the concept, the decor in Aizle is simple and modern, perfect for a chilled Burns Night in Edinburgh.
The Wee Restaurant
The Wee Restaurant has a bistro vibe and is “wee” in the truest sense of the word, seating up to 40 people. ‘Simple good food’ is the motto at The Wee Restaurant on Frederick Street and this is reflected in the seasonal and Scottish produce. Perthshire lamb, Orkney crab, and local asparagus are the sort of ingredients which star on the range of regularly changing menus. For diners who really want to keep it straightforward, there’s always a selection of steaks from the Black Isle, dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days.
Gaelic for “travel”, Taistel serves dishes based on the best local Scottish produce, laced with inspiration from the chef’s tours, whether to Copenhagen or China. The goal of the restaurant is to marry Scotland to the world and we think they’re doing a pretty good job.