The New Year’s Eve hangover is long gone and Christmas is but a distant memory. January, the time of the year for new beginnings and broken resolutions.
With the prospect of several more months of dark mornings before the clocks change and even longer until the next bank holiday weekend, perhaps you should consider embracing a Scottish tradition dating back more than 200 years to brighten up your winter.
January 25th is Burns Night, a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns, and it’s the perfect time of year to take part in festivities which include lots of food, music, good company and of course, whisky.
There are various events taking place in Norwich this year but we think we’ve got three of the best for you here.
The Maids Head Hotel on Tombland is hosting a three-course Scottish meal complete with whisky and a blessing of the haggis. The evening costs just £35 per person and that includes folk music to round of proceedings. Just be sure to wear something under your kilt if you plan to join in the dancing!
The Top of the Terrace restaurant at Norwich City Football Club is the ideal venue for all you whisky aficionados. As well as traditional speeches and poems, the four-course meal will be accompanied by a different whisky with each dish, provided by the English Whisky Company. The evening starts at 7pm and costs £45 per person.
If you’d rather raise a toast to Rabbie in a country house hotel, only 4 miles from Norwich, then Caistor Hall Hotel in Caistor St Edmund is holding its first ever Burns Night Supper. The head-chef will prepare a five-course feast and the haggis will be the star of the show as it makes its way into the dining room accompanied by a piper. The evening will conclude with live music from a Ceilidh band and costs £39.50 per person.
All the events promise to offer a wonderful evening’s entertainment so, even if you’re not Scottish, are unfamiliar with Burns’ work or even class yourself as a haggis-hater, book your tickets now and go and celebrate those broken resolutions in style!
And if you have managed to stick to a few of them then well-done you, but listen to the words of the man himself and treat yourself!
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae let the Lord be thankit.