Stuart Watt is the Brand Director for our Belhaven Pubs in Scotland. With Burns’ Night just around the corner he reveals what celebrations are taking place in our pubs north of the border for one of the most important nights in the Scottish calendar.
As you would expect, the vast majority of our Belhaven pubs in Scotland will be joining in with our Burns’ Week celebrations, which runs from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 January.
For those of you who don’t know, Burns’ Night is on 25 January every year and celebrates the life and poetry of Robert Burns, a pioneer of the Romantic movement and widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.
With just over 100 Belhaven pubs in Scotland you can imagine that Burns’ Night celebrations are very important to us and our teams. Take the Quaich Bar on the Southside of Glasgow, for example. For the last six years they have decorated the pub from top to bottom for their traditional Burns Supper. The team and customers dress in their tartan finery to enjoy the fantastic event that includes; a traditional menu featuring cock-a-leekie soup followed by haggis, neeps and tatties served with a nip of whisky, a top table and speakers, an address to the haggis supported by a piper, and Scottish music and Robert Burns’ poems.
To enhance the celebrations in our pubs we have also added two special dishes to the menu to mark the week. The first is the Balmoral burger, with a 100% beef burger from our local butcher in Linlithgow, topped with Scottish haggis, cheese, crispy streaky bacon and battered onion rings!
The second is a cracking haggis and potato pie made with spicy Chieftain haggis, layered neeps and tatties topped with cheddar cheese and served with fresh market vegetables. Both dishes also come with a creamy whisky sauce and a celebratory drink.
Speaking of celebratory drinks, what better than a Robert Burns ale from our very own Belhaven brewery? The rich brown ale will be appearing in bars throughout January.
So, that is just a taster of what you can find in our pubs and on our menus this year for Burns Night. If you are in Scotland and want to enjoy some traditional Burns’ Night celebrations find your nearest Belhaven pub here.