In commemoration of 18th century writer Robert Burns and the Scottish poetry that he became renowned for, we’re partaking in Burns Night. Celebrated annually on the night of his birth, Burns Night includes Scottish music, Scottish food and poem recitals – and, of course, haggis! We’ll be adding a Hoar Cross Hall twist to Burns Night, greeting our guests with a Scottish cocktail on arrival.
Writing over 500 well-known poems and songs, Burns’ work was renowned for expressing his opinions on republicanism, politics and the strong emotions that they imparted onto their listeners.
With ‘To a Mouse’, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ being amongst some of his most popular works, inspiration for Burns’ poetry stemmed from that of other famous poets of the time, including Alexander Pope. Burns’ family, who were hard-working farmers, encouraged Robert to pursue his passions for poetry and nature – the legacy of which has led to him being regarded as Scotland’s national poet, and even the country’s ‘Greatest Scot’, according to a public vote.
After Burns’ death in 1796, his close friends and family members created Burns Night to celebrate his life and works, and ever since, it’s remained an annual event that’s celebrated across many parts of the UK.
Not ones to miss the chance to celebrate, at Hoar Cross Hall we’re delivering our own Burns supper to our guests. After serving up delicious Scotch cocktails, we’ll present you with a hearty 5-course themed dinner, where you’ll be treated to a range of traditional Scottish dishes, including Cullen Skink and rumbledethumps, as well as others sourced from Scotland – including roasted Scotch beef and ‘Macleod’ black pudding. We will, of course, stick to tradition with the Address to a Haggis, one of Burns’ most famous poems, being recited ahead of the cutting of the haggis.
Throughout the evening, we’ll also be providing entertainment from a live Ceilidh band. Whether you choose to dance until midnight or simply sit and enjoy, you’ll be guaranteed an evening packed with tradition and fun. For more information about our Burns Night offering, please click here.