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The Anchor Inn, Hartfield, Ashdown Forest TN7 4AG 01892 770 424
Burns Night 2019

Burns Night 2019

Our Scottish chef, Johnnie, was on top form for our first Burns Night celebration – he went back to his roots to cook up a traditional Scottish Burns Night supper with his own modern twist.

The special menu included the finest Scotch smoked salmon, cock-a-leekie amuse-bouche and, of course, the haggis, neeps and tatties.

And to top it all guests could choose from our single malt whisky menu!

It was a fantastic night of great food and great company – thanks to everyone who came along.

A few Burns Night facts for you…

  • Burns Night marks the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth – which was on the 25th January 1759. However the first Burns supper was held by close friends of the poet in 1801 to mark the fifth anniversary of his death.
  • The first Burns Night was such a success that the friends decided to continue the tradition, but switched it to celebrate his birthday rather than his death.
  • Traditionally the Selkirk Grace (a short prayer) is said as everyone gathers for the meal:

Some hae meat and canna eat,And some wad eat that want it,But we hae meat and we can eat,And sae the Lord be thankit.

  • When addressing the haggis the reader should cut the haggis casing along its length so that the contents spill out like entrails…delicious!
  • The meal is often followed by The Immortal Memory – a speech about the life and work of Robert Burns, complete with the toast “To the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns!”.