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Burns Night is celebrated every year on the 25th of January throughout Scotland and is the birth date of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. The day sets out to celebrate his works and the great life he lead. One of the best ways to celebrate in style is to attend a Burns Night supper and there is certainly no shortage of ways to celebrate in Edinburgh.
Here is our guide to best suppers and where you can celebrate around the capital. Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh At The Scottish Cafe Taking place on Friday 26th Jan and Saturday 27th at The Scottish Cafe, this is one party you won’t forget. Enjoy a delicious three course meal then get your dancing shoes on and take to your feet with the restaurant’s fabulous in-house ceilidh band. The menu includes Cock-a-leekie soup, Findlay’s of Portobello Haggis with neeps and tatties and Uncle Roy’s mustard cream sauce, followed by Traditional Cranachan with raspberries and Graham’s Dairy double cream and of course Glengoyne 10 year old Whisky.
Details – Burns Supper At Wedgwood Wedgwood the Restaurant will be serving Burns Supper for only the second time in the restaurant’s history on Thursday 25 th January. From the chef who has prepared haggis with Alpaca to Venison and Guinea Pig in between; Paul Wedgwood has prepared a contemporary Scottish menu which is complimented with a whisky flight chosen by Lisa Wedgwood.
Details Burns Night Dinner At Prestonfield Taking place on Thursday the 25th of January, this special night includes welcome drinks, a three course dinner, coffee and a dram. The dinner is held at Prestonfield, a luxury, five star hotel in one of the most beautiful historic buildings in all of the city. A ten minute drive from the city centre, this hotel is like something out of a fairytale and boasts an incredible 20 acres of garden.
. Details Burns Night Supper At The Whiski Rooms This indulgent supper will take place at the Whiski Rooms. Named as such for its love for whisky, whisky tastings and shop dedicated to whisky. This restaurant has gained quite a reputation for its yearly Burns Night suppers, and 2018 is not to be missed, with the restaurant’s award winning Haggis on the menu as well as cock-a-leekie soup, and, of course, whisky.
Besides from the delicious food, there will also be a party with bagpipes and live Scottish music to drink and dance the night away. Reservations are essential. Details Burns Night Bash At The Dunstane Houses This event takes place the day after the official Burns Night on Friday the 26th Jan, which means for the adventurous out there, you could even fit two celebrations in this year.
The Dunstane Houses is a boutique hotel that knows how to do things in style, and this bash in no exception. A big party celebrating Burns and everything Scottish, the ticket price includes whisky, a cullen skink starter, Scottish cheese and oatcakes for when you get peckish, live folk music and plenty of entertainment throughout the evening.
There is also an option to stay the night for an extra fee. Details Burns Supper & Scottish Evenings at The Royal Yacht Britannia The great Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the cities most popular attractions, and on Burns Night, you can hop on board to celebrate the life of Robert Burns in style. This event is so popular that this year, they have the evening running on two separate dates, the 26th and 27th of January.
The traditional Burns Supper on the yacht is a real night to remember, and consists of a four course menu, whisky tasting, traditional live music and a special red carpet welcome with drinks and canapés.
Details St Columba’s Hospice Burns Supper At The Edinburgh Corn Exchange This year’s Burns Supper is especially big, as St Columba’s Hospice are celebrating their 40th anniversary along with it, too. Hosted by beloved Scottish actor and comedian Mark Cox, as well as a host of other big names, the three course dinner will be followed by entertainment and live music all through the night, with Corra providing the music.
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best date night restaurants in edinburgh - Best Restaurants in Edinburgh
Looking for some inspiration for where to go on date night in the capital? Here are seven great restaurants if you are looking to impress. Despite our new status as most beautiful country in the world, us Scots are not very well-known for romance. The closest we get to the stuff is Edinburgh, with its rambling lanes, cosy bars and that big castle on the hill. So when we saw a blog on the in Glasgow appearing on booking website , we knew we needed to get together a list of our best date restaurants in Edinburgh.
For when you’re trying to impress… (50-54 Henderson St, Edinburgh EH6 6DE) Picture: Norn One of the most anticipated openings of the last couple of years, Norn is a foodie’s dream. It focuses on sustainability and ethical practices, and is the kind of place that immediately creates an impact. Your date is sure to be impressed by the artisan wines and will definitely thank you for the fact it’s not too far a stroll down Leith Walk.
With bright airy spaces and a seven course tasting menu and matching drinks on offer, it’s one of the best date restaurants in Edinburgh. Book here: For when you’re really trying to impress… (33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EL) Picture: Trip Advisor Traveller Who hasn’t heard of Castle Terrace? An absolute Edinburgh gem, it just happens to be one of the best places in the city to take that special someone.
Why? Well it’s got a Michelin star for starters. And we hear the actual starters are pretty awesome too, with Scottish produce being the focal point of the menu. The restaurant’s ethos is “from nature to plate” and you can rest assured that you and your date will be eating some of the tastiest food around, in one of Edinburgh’s most up-market spots.
Book here: For when you’re feeling adventurous… (1A Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE) Picture: contributed Boring dates are the worst. Sat in a dreary bar, not talking to each other, and wishing you had looked for better date restaurants in Edinburgh. Not at Brewhemia. With a focus on adventure, Brewhemia has six different rooms, each with its own theme, from boudoir to beer palace. There’s always something happening in the venue, with live music, bingo, Oktoberfest celebrations and old fashioned eating and drinking to be enjoyed.
It’s dog-friendly too so if you’re looking for emotional support, you can bring man’s best friend: they’ll always have your back. Book here: When you’re looking for a good time… (93 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9AW) Picture: contributed The home of great tunes and tasty margaritas, Topolabamba is the place to go if you’re looking for a fun date.
Situated right in the centre of town, it’s a great spot to start off your night in Mexican style, with small tapas dishes helping you get up close and personal with your date. If you’re feeling a little cheesy, the Queso Fundido is a must: melted jack cheese with chorizo, jalapenos and a pile of tortilla chips to stop it getting too messy. If you’re feeling even cheesier, pop on one of their readily-available sombreros and give your date a laugh. Who needs dignity? When you need a large one to get through it… (4-6 Dean St, Edinburgh EH4 1LW) Picture: contributed Uhoh.
They’ve turned up in garish clothes and they look nothing like their Tinder pics. Never fear, wine is near. Head down to Good Brother’s Wine Bar where they have some delicious drinks and nibbles to get you through the next couple of hours.
They serve up some delicious small plates (you might want to order your own) and a huge selection of wine from almost every imaginable country.
You can do this! For when you’re comfortable enough to unwind with each other… (3-5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT) Picture: contributed Been going out for years but still romantic enough to be searching for date restaurants in Edinburgh?
Mother India is the spot for you. It’s so moreish that you’ll end up with a huge food-baby and curry down your front as you try to taste it all: maybe not the place to try and impress. It’s the kind of Scottish institution where you know you’re over-ordering but you just don’t care. Go for the butter chicken or the king prawn and monkfish for the ultimate in home-cooked Indian food. For when you’re not ready to go home yet… (184-186 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JJ) Picture: contributd This seems to be going well, eh?
If your night should really be coming to an end, but you’re not ready for bed, OX184 is the place to head. Open til late-late every night, it has a mix of cosy booths and open fires so you can carry on that tipsy conversation about failing your standard grades in style.
It might not really be a date restaurant, but it is a bar that serves food: soak up some of that earlier Dutch courage by getting your teeth into some delicious burgers, hot-dogs and pizzas right til the end of the night.
It’s one way to stop yourself getting a dodgy kebab on the stumble home. Book here:
The Ship on the Shore Many tourists head to Leith to visit the but many neglect to stop at The Shore. That's a shame as this area by the water is home to some of Edinburgh's most welcoming and best quality restaurants.
The Ship on the Shore focuses on seafood, with the catch of the day joined by a host of regulars, including a mean seafood chowder. If the sight of water isn't enough to perk up the seafarer inside you then surely the nautical maps along the wall will. Try a bowl of steamed Shetland mussels – they'll provide you with an enduring memory of this fine City.
• 24-26 Shore, Leith, 0131-555 0409, . Open 7 days noon-10pm (ship's breakfast served 9am-11am), average main £18 Castle Terrace Castle Terrace Restaurant This is the sister restaurant to Edinburgh's Michelin-starred . Enjoy a drink in the bar or, even better, wait to be invited down to the chef's table, which overlooks Dominic Jack's kitchen – although seeing the preparation of the beautiful food makes choosing a dish even harder. Perhaps put your faith in the Surprise Tasting Menu (£60), from which the pistachio souffle lingers long in the memory.
Inside the dining room patches of purple puncture calming neutral tones – this is a place where whole evenings pass with ease. • 33/35 Castle Terrace, 0131-229 1222, . Tues-Sat noon-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm, average main £24 Ondine Ondine Ondine has been a breath of fresh air for Edinburgh's seafood scene. After opening in late 2009, it soon picked up a host of awards for the near-perfect manner in which the locally sourced seafood is prepared.
Work your way through the oysters, feast on the sea bream curry or push the boat out and try the roast shellfish platter. Huge glass windows provide views of Edinburgh's old town, while the silver-topped horseshoe bar provides an impressive internal focal point.
Post meal, go for a nightcap in the stylish bar of the next door. • 2 George IV Bridge, 0131-226 1888, . Open 7 days noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm, average main £22 La Favorita Photograph: / La Favorita is a modern pizzeria, with black-topped tables and whitewashed walls. In recent years, owner Tony Crolla has expanded his brand to include a takeaway fleet of Mini Coopers and a mobile van, complete with a log-fired pizza oven.
Yet it is the original restaurant on Leith Walk that continues to offer what is surely Edinburgh's best pizza, with their thin crispy bases and superb quality ingredients. That said, overlooking La Favorita's pasta and regularly changing specials would be unfair; their saltimbocca is superb.
• 325-331 Leith Walk, 0131-554 2430 (restaurant), 0131 555 5564 (takeaway), . Restaurant and takeaway open noon-11pm every day, pizza from £10 Wedgwood Photograph: Mike Wilkinson When this restaurant opened four years ago it sent out a clear message that on Edinburgh's touristy Royal Mile you could still find seriously good restaurants with seriously interesting menus. Many a business in this historic location would be tempted to bask in their success; maybe put their feet up and watch the tourist money roll in.
Not Wedgwood; its pigeon served with haggis, neeps and tatties is as unusual as it is delicious. Try to avoid being seated downstairs, as the natural light of the street-level dining room is where you will enjoy this inventive and innovative experience the most.
• 267 Canongate, 0131-558 8737, . Mon-Sat noon-3pm, dinner from 6pm, Sun 12.30pm-3pm, dinner from 6pm, average main £20 Kweilin Kweilin Photograph: Alamy While its decor is traditional – paintings of China adorn the walls and paper lanterns hang from the ceiling – Kweilin's food is spectacular. The wafer paper prawns are the best I've ever eaten and the eight treasures duck – a breast of braised duck buried deep in various fish and meats – is an all-time favourite. Monkfish, halibut and lobster all make appearances on the seafood-heavy menu.
The prices might be a little higher than your average Chinese restaurant but then so is the quality of food. • 19/21 Dundas St, 0131-557 1875, . Tues-Sun noon-2pm, 5pm-11pm, Fri and Sat until 11.30pm, Sun 5pm-11pm, average main £15 The Grain Store The Grain Store When eating out in Edinburgh it's not unreasonable to expect the very best Scottish meat and fish. The Grain Store consistently delivers, with its venison, beef and lamb never failing to impress. The upstairs setting sums up all that is great about Edinburgh: an intimate dining room, moody lighting, bare-brick walls and views of picture-perfect Victoria Street.
The three-course lunch for £15 has been running for a long time and offers superb value. • 30 Victoria Street, 0131-225 7635, . Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6pm-10pm, Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm, Sun 6pm-10pm (closed on Sundays in October), average main £24 The Honours The Honours in Leith is probably Edinburgh's best outright restaurant (with a correspondingly expensive menu and long waiting list to match).
So there was much anticipation before the Michelin-starred chef opened this classic brasserie. The interior is lined with marble, huge mirrors and grand lampshades bathing the interior in a golden hue.
The menu has depth, appeal and grabs your interest in a way many newcomers cannot: there are surely few restaurants where you can start with a pressed pigs head terrine and end with an ice-cream sundae. The Honours has 70 covers and there will be few nights when all are not taken.
• 58a North Castle Street, 0131-220 2513, . Tues-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm, average main £16 Dusit Photograph: Dusit is a Thai restaurant a notch or two above the norm. Situated on quirky Thistle St, it rubs shoulders with champagne bars and designer boutiques. It simply doesn't do disappointing dishes but you'll be most mesmerised if you order anything with scallops, king prawns or monkfish. For meat lovers, some dishes can be ordered with venison, providing a Scottish twist to classic Thai recipes.
• 49a Thistle Street, 0131-220 6846, . Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm, Sun noon-11pm, average main £15 Sushiya Photograph: / This small restaurant has been satisfying sushi cravings for as long as I can remember but as its popularity has risen so has the competition for seats. Through the huge front window you'll see diners perched on stools; food competing for space on cramped tables and a sushi chef working his magic at the rear. No wonder Sushiya has a buzz similar restaurants lack.
Enjoy a selection of the excellent salmon and tuna sushi, then follow with the delicious soup-based udon (noodles). • 19 Dalry Road, 0131-313 3222, . Tues-Sun noon-10.30pm, sushi and noodles £15 • Jonathan Jones writes for
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