FOOD & DRINK

Burns Night specials in the capital as part of friendly Scottish ‘invasion’

One of Skye's best know whiskys teams up with London bars and restaurants for special celebrations


What better way to celebrate Burns Night than with a dram of Scotland’s finest? In true Scottish style, Talisker has teamed up with a number of London’s finest restaurants and bars, to bring guests a taste of the Isle of Skye with a variety of unforgettable experiences including unique cocktails, paired Talisker menus and whisky tastings on selected nights, in the lead up to January 25.

From a luxurious Burns Night supper to unique whisky cocktails, Talisker invites Londoners to embark on their own Scotch adventure through a variety of different experiences dependent on how they want to celebrate the evening. Famed for its sea salt nose, smoky character and peppery finish, Talisker is produced at the oldest working distillery on Skye, where it is battered by the elements and #MadeByTheSea.

Jugged Hare Lamb with Dram Talisker 10 Year Old

A Burns Night Feast with Talisker Whisky & The Jugged Hare

To celebrate Burns Night this year, Talisker Whisky has partnered with The Jugged Hare to elevate its Traditional Burns Night Supper on January 25.

Guests will enjoy a five-course Scottish-themed supper, created by head chef Rafael Liuth, with select dishes made using Talisker Whisky. Each course will also be accompanied by a fine wine, chosen by sommelier Gui Mahaut. As with any traditional Burns Night celebration, guests will also have the opportunity to see a bagpiper address the haggis.

A welcome Talisker whisky cocktail of the Sea Sour will be served ahead of the dinner.  As tradition states, at the end of the Burns Night feast, guests will raise a dram of Talisker whisky, to the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. 

Tickets available to book via Design My Night; £85 per person, all-inclusive; 7.30pm – 10.30pm.

Bobby Burns with raspberry cranachan, shortbread, toasted oats and Talisker cream.

Toast with Talisker Whisky at your favourite London bars

Black Rock – East London

For the month of January, whisky lovers can visit Black Rock, East London’s specialist whisky bar to enjoy a Talisker Bobby Burns cocktail. Created with Talisker 10 Year Old or Talisker Storm, this is a wonderfully balanced classic, with herbal fruit characters and honey notes of Benedictine and sweet vermouth.

Open 5.00pm-midnight Monday-Saturday

For further information and to book, contact Black Rock on 020 7247 4580.

Callooh Callay – East London

To celebrate Burns Night in a non-traditional way, Callooh Callay, one of East London’s best-known cocktail bars has created a menu that features a wonderful tropical cocktail serves with a scotch twist. Favourites include ‘Honey Honey’, Talisker 10 Year Old, homemade honey orgeat, triple sec and lime, and ‘Seelback Zombie’, a concoction of different Talisker whiskies, with pineapple and lime, and finished with champagne.

Front Lounge open 6pm-1am every day

Back Lounge open 6pm-1am Wednesday-Saturday

The JubJub open 7pm-1am Thursday-Saturday

For further information and to book, please contact Callooh Callay on 020 7739 4781.

Aviary Skye-line Bar and Igloos – East London

For an authentic Burns Night experience, guests can be transported into Talisker’s Scottish homeland at the Aviary rooftop bar in East London. Elevated 10 floors above the city, guests can disconnect from everyday life and escape for the evening into one of Aviary’s renowned ‘Skye-line Igloos,’ with award-winning Talisker Whisky. 

Each igloo is adorned with natural and nautical elements, reflective of the wild, storm-lashed environment of the whisky’s homeland. What’s more, the igloos will feature an exclusive menu of wild whisky cocktails including the spicy and citrusy ‘Scotch Mist’, the fruity and smokey ‘Northern Lights’ and the adventure-inspired ‘Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate’, the perfect, warming drink to be sipped in the cosy, rustic-themed igloos under the stars. 

To book your igloo, visit https://aviarylondon.com/igloos/

Open 6:30am-midnight Monday to Friday

Open 7am-midnight Saturday

Open 7am-11pm Sunday (terrace closes at 10pm).

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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