It's that time of year where Scotland's most beloved son Robert "Rabbie" Burns' life and work is celebrated. If your revelries will be taking place somewhere a bit closer to home - i.e. your own living room - then all you need is good spirits and another kind of spirit too… whisky of course.
Burns’ Night is celebrated across the world, particularly in countries with large populations with Scottish ancestry, such as Canada, New Zealand, Australia and USA, but they are especially popular in Russia, where Burns’ politics and poetry are praised and appreciated.
Fortnum’s has over a century of association with Burns’ Night. We were certainly selling haggis in January for the celebration by the Edwardian era, and had our own label whisky by then too.
Over the centuries, the supper has evolved its own rituals, and we would normally be celebrating together at our annual Burns Night Supper in our Piccadilly store. The event is always hosted by our wonderful Archivist – and proud Scot herself – Dr Andrea Tanner, but if you can't make it this year, she has created this handy guide to celebrate Scotland's most famous son at home instead.
This 25th January, there is every reason to celebrate with your close loved ones, and to raise a glass to absent friends – for auld acquaintance.