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Burns Night on January 25 is a celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns and typically involves traditional food and drink including haggis and Scottish whisky, as well as recitals of Burns' poetry.

The tradition began in 1801 when Burns' friends held a memorial supper for him on the fifth anniversary of his death.

Celebrations typically include a soup to start, haggis, neeps and tatties for main along with a recital of the "Address to a Haggis" and may end with a Scottish dessert such as Cranachan or a whisky trifle. They often also end with music and a dance.

The traditional Scottish meal of haggis, neeps and tatties is served on Burns Night. Picture: iStock (54434652)
The traditional Scottish meal of haggis, neeps and tatties is served on Burns Night. Picture: iStock (54434652)

Where can you celebrate in Suffolk?

1. Wright's, Bury St Edmunds

Wright's at 2 Cornhill are hosting their first 2022 supper club of the year with a Scottish-themed evening of food and poetry.

Wright's are offering their Burns Night specials from 7pm on January 25. Picture: Google maps (54431661)
Wright's are offering their Burns Night specials from 7pm on January 25. Picture: Google maps (54431661)

From 7pm onwards, they be serving a traditional haggis, neeps and tatties with a 'Wright's twist' and are offering a 'decadent' Cranchan parfait for dessert.

At £22.50 per head, tickets can be pre-booked here.

2. Venue 16, Ipswich

16 Steakhouse in the grounds of Venue16, a stunning 20-acre wedding venue on the outskirts of Ipswich, is offering dine-in and take away options for its special Burns Night menu.

Serving starters of Cock a Leekie soup, a soup made of leeks and peppered chicken stock, and a main course of traditional Haggis, neeps and tatties, the meal costs £22.50 per head.

The steakhouse are even offering a traditional Scottish dessert of Cranachan, a layered cream and raspberry sweet with oats and whisky.

To book a seat to dine in the restaurant or to put in an order for a takeaway, call 01473 250 816.

3. The Marquis, Layham

The Marquis in Layham, close to Hadleigh, has created a traditional and delicious Scottish-inspired set menu to celebrate Burns Night.

Marquis, Layham. Picture: Google maps (54431913)
Marquis, Layham. Picture: Google maps (54431913)

The evening meal will start with canapés and will move on to main courses of Laphroaig Whisky and Beetroot Cured Salmon with orange, avocado and caviar and Breast of Guinea Fowl served with suet and girolle mushroom roulade, spinach, leek & grain mustard jus.

Haggis, neeps and tatties are also on the menu, alongside brandy snap cigar cranachan, and chocolate and Drambuie truffles for dessert.

The meal costs £75 per head and can be booked by calling 01473 377 977 or emailing team@themarquissuffolk.co.uk.