This year, for the first time, we are holding a Burns Night. So what’s it all about, who was Rabbie Burns and why on earth are we holding one when we have no links to Scotland at all?
Well firstly, a bit about the man himself. Rabbie Burns is known as Scotland’s favourite son. He was a poet, lyricist, farmer, tax-man, egalitarian, traveller, bookkeeper, serial philanderer and hopeless romantic. He is said to have fathered nearly as many children as he has written poems, and it has to be said that he lived all 37 years of his life to the full. Of course, he is best known for his poetry and lyrics, ‘To a Mouse’ and ‘Address to a Haggis’ probably being the best known poems and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ by far his most famous lyrics. Burns died in 1796, the year before The Grove was completely rebuilt by Joseph Gurney and the actual building itself hasn’t changed much since, it’s amazing to think that The Grove has been hosting events of this ilk for that long, either as a private house, or more recently as a restaurant.
Burns Nights are celebrated all around the world, they always include poetry, song, piping and of course, haggis. Our fantastic kitchen team under the watchful eye of head chef, Michael West, have come up with a delicious menu including Haggis and Whiskey Tartlet, Aberdeen Angus Rib-eye steak, Smoked Salmon Terrine, Scottish Smoked Haddock, and Whiskey and Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding and Cranachan.
The reason we are hosting a Burns Night this year is simple. With Christmas and New Year done and dusted and a long way till there is much to celebrate, Burns Night gives us an excellent reason to raise a glass, forget the cold and dark of the winter months and have a good night out. It also coincides very nicely with our restaurant and rooms reopening after our January break for R&R (that’s redecorating and refurbishment).
So come along, have a knees up, and if you fancy a look around one of our newly refurbished bedrooms, just ask. All in the name of some literary figure from way up north who died 200 years ago.