What is Burns Night and 5 of the best places to celebrate it in Somerset

PUBLISHED: 17:20 22 January 2016

Burns Night

Burns Night


Most of us have probably celebrated it at some point by having a ‘wee dram’ of whisky or trying Haggis for the first time but what exactly is Burns Night and where are we celebrating it in Somerset this year?

What is Burns Night?

Burns Night is held in honour of Scotland’s most famous poet, or bard, Robert Burns. On the Bard’s birthday, 25th January, his life is celebrated with whisky, traditional Scottish supper and recitals of his famous poetry.

Who is Robert Burns?

Robert Burns wrote more than 550 well-known poems and songs during the 18th century, including Auld Lang Syne. His poems and songs were mainly about political and social issues making him an icon for Liberalism and Socialism.

Where to celebrate Burns Night in Somerset?

Ston Easton Park, Bath

Nestled in 36 acres of stunning West Country parkland this is one of the most luxurious venues in Somerset with an award-winning fine dining restaurant and very own kitchen garden. Join Ston Easton Park on Burns Night for traditional whisky tasting with an expert, followed by an exclusive five-course tasting menu prepared by Head Chef, Daniel Moon, and his brigade.

The Babbling Brook, Shurton

Tucked away in the small village of Shurton you’ll find this charming, family-owned and run freehouse. They provide the perfect backdrop for savouring their hearty, seasonal food and enjoying their range of real ales and fine wines. The 16th century oak beams and inglenook fireplaces are sure to warm you up during the cold winter months. Burns Night (25th Janauary) at The Babbling Brook will not disappoint with an amazing seven-course Scottish themed tasting menu.

Beambridge Inn, Wellington

Immersed in the beautiful scenery of rolling green hills, this charming inn has recently been refurbished and offers a blend of cosy-country pub with modern furnishings and stylish rooms. A celebratory four-course Burns Night meal is on offer including Haggis, Neeps and Tatties as well as entertainment from a piper and a wee shot of the ‘good stuff’.

The Queens Arms, Corton Denham

A beautiful Georgian Inn set on gently rolling landscapes in the Somerset hills. Sourcing much of its produce for its stunning menu from the local area and its own smallholding of pigs, cows and hens. On the 24th January The Queens Arms is offering all you foodies a mouth-watering Burns Night menu to celebrate the life of the infamous Scottish bard.

Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath

Located just a few minutes away from Bath centre, the Grade II listed hotel is set within 20 acres of private grounds with commanding views over Bath and surrounding countryside. Burns Night celebrations will take place on the 22nd January with champagne and canapés on arrival, and a five-course feast followed by whisky tasting.

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