Burns' Night in Bath
1 January 2018
One for the diary: 20th January. Bath. Bed and Breakfast. Burns’ Night. Let the celebrations continue!
The New Year is here, the champagne has been drunk and Auld Lang Syne has been sung…or attempted at least. If you’re feeling a bit down now that the big party nights have been and gone then we have an idea. Come and visit Bath (of course) and let your hair down for the Burns’ Night celebrations.
This year the big celebrations are taking place on the 20th. Each year Burns’ Night may be the 25th (Robert Burns’ birthday) but, as is customary, to make sure that the party can go with a bang, the night for Burns’ Night in Bath is the 20th. Whoever decided that the Burns’ suppers should be held on the best party night near the 25th, rather than always on it, had the right idea. Thursday (the day which the 25th falls on this year) is not the best night for a night out for most… Instead Bath is holding the main celebrations on Saturday the 20th. Ideal for a weekend break in Bath.
Our top recommendation for Burns’ Night in Bath has to be joining the grand celebrations at the Pump Room. Tickets to Burns’ Night at the Pump Rooms are £62.50 and include a bevy of Scottish delights.
Burns’ Night at the Pump Room begins with a sparkling drinks reception around the torch-lit Roman Baths, followed by a four-course Burns’ Night supper in the grand Pump Room itself. Naturally the indispensable elements of the best Burns’ Night will be on the programme. There will be haggis, a toastmaster to do the honours, Burns’ poetry readings, a traditional piper, and to top it all, a live Skara Brae band and ceilidh dancing. (If you’ve never been to a ceilidh you really must try it. It’s such a joyful event, and all there’s no need to know how to ceilidh dance beforehand; each dance is ‘called’ as it goes so the steps are easy to follow!)
The Burns’ Night menu looks great too! If haggis isn’t your thing then not to worry; traditional Scots’ fare isn’t just limited to haggis. The starter is Cullen skink soup - a speciality dish from the town of Cullen on the north-east coast of Scotland made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. The main course is fillet steak with Belhaven ale gravy, butter roast potatoes, black pudding and rosemary root vegetables (or spiced butternut, fennel and red onion strudel if you’d prefer the vegetarian dish), and for dessert is Cranachan – fresh raspberries topped with whipped cream, whisky, honey and toasted oatmeal which has been soaked in whisky overnight. For anyone with any room left there’s coffee and shortbread to follow!
If you’ve not been to a Burns’ Night in Bath at the Pump Rooms we can really recommend it. With tables for 12 and change-partner dances it’s such a sociable evening and a really good opportunity to let your hair down.
So hopefully we’ve convinced you to come to Bath for Burns’ Night and we hope to welcome you to Dukes Hotel in Bath soon!