Burns Night blog

Burns Night

haggis, neeps & tatties
haggis, neeps & tatties

Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns timeless words have been enjoyed and recited for over 200 years since his passing. The popular wordsmith is celebrated the world over, every January on what would have been his birthday, on January 25th - And what celebration would be complete without delicious food and drinks?

Our roots are firmly rooted in Scotland, with our founders Johnny Noble, the Scottish laird and marine farmer, Andy Lane from the original Loch Fyne Oysters company picking their first oysters from the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll, Scotland, back in the 1970s.

Our Scottish heritage is something we are extremely proud of and we are delighted to feature produce from Loch Fyne Oysters on our special Burns Night menu.

Loch Fyne Mussels
Loch Fyne Mussels

Burns Night is typically celebrated with a traditional Burns supper of Haggis, neeps and tatties aka Haggis, turnips and potatoes, all washed down with drams of whisky! Our chefs have taken their decades of Scottish culinary expertise to put together a tasty Burns Night menu to suit every palette and ensure everyone enjoys a hearty feast. Make sure you book a table to enjoy Burns Night at a Loch Fyne near you.

This includes a starter option of Loch Fyne®’s delicious queen scallops, accompanied by smoked bacon, black pudding and apple. And for an alternative to traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, we are offering a fillet of Loch Fyne® Scottish Salmon. This is presented with Scottish mussels & cream sauce, minted butter heritage potatoes, and crispy capers.

Loch Fyne Mussels
Loch Fyne Mussels

We are proud to say we know a thing or two on what makes an excellent whisky and are extremely honoured to work in partnership with Loch Fyne Whiskies. Created in a workshop on the shores of Loch Fyne, where we began our journey, Loch Fyne Whiskies do just one thing, and they do it well: Whiskies.

Our impressive range of Whiskies offer our guests a varied and comprehensive collection of distinctive flavours, from much sought-after single malts to sweet and stylish light single grain whiskies matured in bourbon casks: We’re confident, we have the whisky for you, to help toast Robert Burns this Burns night.

Loch Fyne Mussels
Loch Fyne Mussels

What’s more: To help get the celebrations started, you can enjoy 3 drams of whisky for just £9*! In the spirit of the great Bard himself and to help get you in the mood for Burns Night we took a look at the address to the Haggis and gave it a modern translation:

The Modern Translation
Good luck to you and your honest, plump face,
Great chieftain of the sausage race!
Above them all you take your place,
Stomach, tripe, or intestines:
Well are you worthy of a grace
As long as my arm.
The groaning trencher there you fill,
Your buttocks like a distant hill,
Your pin would help to mend a mill
In time of need,
While through your pores the dews distill
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour wipe,

And cut you up with ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like any ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm, steaming, rich!

Then spoon for spoon, they stretch and strive:
Devil take the hindmost, on they drive,
Till all their well swollen bellies by-and-by
Are bent like drums;
Then old head of the table, most like to burst, 'The grace!' hums.

Is there that over his French ragout,
Or olio that would sicken a sow,
Or fricassee would make her spew
With perfect disgust,
Looks down with sneering, scornful view
On such a dinner?

Poor devil! see him over his trash,
As feeble as a withered rush,
His thin legs a good whip-lash,
His fist a nut;
Through bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his ample fist a blade,
He'll make it whistle;
And legs, and arms, and heads will snip
Like the heads of thistles.
You Powers, who make mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill of fare,
Old Scotland wants no watery stuff,
That splashes in small wooden dishes;
But if you wish her grateful prayer,
Give her (i.e.Scotland) a Haggis!

* Over 18's only. Available on 25th January 2019 only. Not available at Loch Fyne in Edinburgh. Valid with 25ml drams from the scotch and malts page in the drinks menu and including the 2 Loch Fyne whiskies.