Burns Night in Sussex
Where to find a Burns Night in Sussex for 2018, with traditional menus, poems and pipers and a wee dram or two
We may be the other end of the UK but that doesn’t stop us breaking out the whisky and shortbread and even the haggis to celebrate Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns on Thursday 25 Jan. Here are some of the special menus and traditional goings on, to help you mark Burns Night in Sussex, with and without bagpipes. There are even options for those who can’t stomach (geddit?) haggis.
Jeremy’s Restaurant at Borde Hill Gardens, near Haywards Heath is laying on a five course menu with a wee dram, the toast to the haggis and a piper.
The Sussex Produce Company in Steyning has three courses, piper and poems for £40 – or, turn up a couple of days before for a supper with Scottish crime author Peter May (£30) on 23 Jan.
Muddy Award Winner the White Dog Inn at Robertsbridge kicks off a traditional menu with smoked fish soup Cullen Skink. It has a veggie haggis option and meat-eaters can swerve the haggis altogether should they wish and opt for a steak. The four courses, coffee and shortbread, with a side order of bagpipers costs £39.50.
The Kennels at Goodwood has three courses, wine, whisky and all the usual customs – that’s piping in the haggis, addressing the haggis and toasting the haggis (plus eating it, I’m sure) for £70.
There’s a budget Burns supper at Lewes Con Club at £15 a head for two courses plus whisky (vegetarian option available).
Jodie Kidd’s pub the Half Moon at Kirdford has a ‘whisky-inspired’ four-course menu (including salmon with whisky and mustard sauce) along with a matching wine flight for £55.
Brighton’s i360 is meanwhile putting on an extended 40 minute flight for Burns night with Scottish-themed canapes and a shot of Harvey’s Lewes Blend Whisky (£25, or discounted for local residents).
Planning a DIY Burns night? 2016 Muddy Award winning deli Eggs to Apples at Hurst Green, Etchingham has a ‘Burns box’ with everything you need to make four people a four course Scottish dinner of cullen skink, haggis with neeps and tatties, cranachan and a Scottish cheeseboard. It costs £50 and must be ordered by 23 Jan. For a steer on Whisky, Butler’s Wine Cellar in Brighton is currently showcasing its range of Scotch