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Burns Night Celebrations in Southampton and Hampshire 2018

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Robert Burns was a Scottish poet who is a national legend in Scotland, but it seems celebrating his birthday on January 25th is pretty popular in Hampshire as well. Traditionally Burns is celebrated with a Burns Night supper, an event where the haggis is the guest of honour and bagpipes and whiskey are essential. In 2018 there are no less than 20 celebrations happening around Southampton and Hampshire, from traditional Burns Night Suppers to Scottish themed afternoon teas and burger specials.

This is a fairly comprehensive lists of all the places you could be celebrating Burns Night in 2018.

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Wednesday January 24th

The Life of Robert Burns Lecture
Tadley Library
65 Mulfords Hill, Tadley
Phone: 0845 603 5631

This is an informative session for any true Burns fans. Delivered by Burns expert Bill Copeland, this lecture delves into Burns' life and history and the story behind the Burns Supper.
Cost: 6
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Thursday January 25th

Chewton Glen Burns Night Special
Christchurch Rd, New Milton
Phone: 01425 275341

Perhaps one of the most unique Burns Night meals, Chewton Glen are forgoing the traditional multi-course meal and are serving up burgers instead. Their Burns Night special features a Wagyu beef burger with haggis and black pudding served with salad, pickles, dijonnaise dressing and all inside a brioche bun. The burger comes with a side of swede mash and chips.
Cost: 19
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The Wheelwright Arms: Burns Night Supper
27 Emsworth Rd, Havant
Phone: 023 9247 6502

The Wheelwright Arms have a special Burns Night menu that starts off with a haggis tart, has more haggis for your mains, and some traditional cranachan for dessert. There's also a whiskey tasting board for 12.50.
Cost: 25
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The Fighting Cocks Alverstoke Burns Night
78 Clayhall Road, Alverstoke
Phone: 023 9252 9885

The Fighting Cocks in Alverstoke have a special Burns Night menu with an option for two or three courses. Bookings are essential for the special event and you can get in touch via Facebook or over the phone. Enjoy a Scottish feed and get a tipple of whiskey from the bar.
Cost: 2 courses 24.95, 3 courses 29.95
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Grand Cafe Burns Supper
South Western House
Terminus Terrace, Southampton
Phone: 023 8033 9303

The Grand Cafe's Burns Night event will feature a four-course traditional Scottish meal, whiskey tastings and, of course, a Rod Stewart tribute act. No doubt Rod's version of Auld Lang Syne is going to be the most popular song of the evening. Lads are expected to wear black tie or a kilt, while lasses should be in cocktail dress.
Cost: 40 per peson
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Burns Night Supper at Hamble River Sailing Club
The Ferryhard
Green Lane, Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton
Phone: 023 8045 2070

The Hamble River Sailing Club are putting on the full Burns Night Supper, with an Address to Haggis reading followed by a whiskey dram to toast it. There will be readings of pieces by Robert Burns and a four course Scottish meal.
Cost: 30 per person
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Hatch Burns Night Menu
Hatch Pub
London Road, Basingstoke
Phone: 01256 473077

Hatch have put together a four course taster menu to celebrate Burns Night. It starts off with some Scottish fish soup and ends with a sticky toffee pudding. Of course there's haggis on the menu too.
Cost: 19.95 per person
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Hampshire Fare Supper Club
Myers Touch Showroom
29 Springvale Road, Kings Worthy
Phone: 01962 600076

Myers Touch are the home of luxury kitchens, and they'll be showing off what their kitchens can do with this Burns Night event. Chef lan Haughie of McCrimmon and Reid has created a four course menu inspired by traditional Scottish dishes. Starting off with canapes and Prosecco, enjoy some cock-a-leekie ravioli, a black pudding and blue cheese salad, and haggis with gravy as the meal progresses.
Cost: 75 per person
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Friday January 26th

Fareham Burns Night Supper & Dancing
Ferneham Hall
Osborn Rd, Fareham
Phone: 01329 289500

The Rainbow Centre are putting on the full Burns Night Supper celebration. The evening starts with the piping in of the haggis before the speaker recites Burns's Address to A Haggis. The haggis is cut and toasted with whiskey before everyone feasts on traditional Scottish fare. The evening will end with traditional ceilidh dancing.
Cost: 27.50
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North East Hampshire Conservatives Burns Night Supper
Rotherwick Village Hall
88 The Street, Rotherwick
Phone: 01256 322207

The North East Hampshire Conservatives will be throwing a Burns Night Supper bash with a three-course meal, a Scottish piper and Scottish dancing. The dress code for the evening is black tie or lounge suits. A portion of the money collected on the night will go towards St Michael's Hospice in North Hampshire.
Cost: 30 per person
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Burns Night | HMS Warrior
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth
Phone: 02392 778610

Perhaps the most interesting location for a Burns Night supper, celebrate the great poet on board the HMS Warrior. There will be traditional Scottish food and entertainment and an Ceilidh band on the Officer's Half Deck to end the evening. Tickets include hot toddies, 1/2 bottle wine, dinner & entertainment.
Cost: 70 per person
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The British Driving Society's Burns Night
The Rising Sun Pub
Bashley Common Road, New Milton
Phone: 01425 610360

Tucked away in New Forest, the Rising Sun Pub will be hosting the British Driving Society's Burns Night event. A Scottish meal of haggis and neaps and tatties will be followed by cranachan for dessert and an end of the night coffee.
Cost: 20 per person
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Twaites Hotel Rod Stewart Tribute Night
Twaites Hotel
Rookery Avenue, Whiteley
Phone: 01489 880000

A three course meal at the Twaites Hotel will be followed by a Rod Stewart tribute band and more entertainment from the resident DJ. It's not the most common way to celebrate Burns Night, but catching a Rod Stewart tribute act still seems to be a popular one. Enjoy a Stewart-esque rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
Cost: 35 per person
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The Cliff House Burns Night 2018
Marine Drive West, Barton on Sea, New Milton
Phone: 01425 619333

Be piped in with bagpipes as you arrive at the Cliff House for their traditional Burns Night Supper. Kicking things off with the Selkirk Grace, there will be whiskey to toast the haggis and a three course meal. You can see the full menu online.
Cost: 29.50 per person
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Saturday January 27th

Southampton Burns Night Supper & Dance
The Spark, Southampton Solent University
East Park Terrace, Southampton
Phone: 01329 289500

Presented by the Rainbow Centre, this is a Southampton offshoot of the popular annual event in Fareham. This Burns Night supper is about as traditional as it gets, with a nip of whiskey, the Burns Night celebrations, and ceilidh dancing to finish the night off.
Cost: 27.50 per person
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Other Dates

Tynley Hall Highland Afternoon Tea
Ridge Ln, Rotherwick
Phone: 01256 764881

Tynley Hall will be putting on a Burns Night celebration with a bit of a difference. From January 19th until January 28th you can enjoy their traditional afternoon tea with a bit of a Scottish twist. The menu features chocolate and raspberry cranachan, millionaire's shortbread and other sweet and savoury Scottish treats.
Dates: 19-28 January
Cost: 29.50 per person
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So no matter where you'll be, or how you'd like to spend the night, chances are there is a Burns Night celebration happening somewhere near you.
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Why? Celebrate Burns night somewhere in Hampshire
When: Starting January 18th till January 28th
Where: Venues all over Hampshire
Cost: Prices vary, see article for details
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