Drapers Hall stages a tribute to Robert Burns

A Shrewsbury restaurant is paying its own tribute to the life and work of renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns by staging a traditional Burns Night and an exploration into Caledonian cuisine.

The evening at Drapers Hall, on Friday January 24, will kick off with the traditional Burns’ Selkirk Grace and include a Burns toast, the bagpipes and entertainment from two Scottish musicians.

Classic Scottish haggis and clapshot, a buttered mash made from ‘neeps and tatties’ (swede, turnips and potatoes), will be among the dishes of the four-course Caledonian themed dinner.

Burns Night has been celebrated in Scotland for over 200 years and is now marked by many people south of the border. The tradition, held on or around the poet’s birthday, January 25, was begun in tribute to Burns by his friends as a supper and recital of his much loved work.

The Selkirk Grace is ritually said at the start of the meal. It originated when the poet was a guest of the Earl of Selkirk. Asked to say Grace, Burns delivered the short rhyme:

“Some hae meat and canna eat,
   And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
    Sae let the Lord be thankit.”

With its oak panelling, roaring open fire and tartan tweed seating, the main dining room at Drapers Hall is reminiscent of a Laird’s hunting lodge.

“It simply looks like the perfect setting for a tribute to Robbie Burns,” said chef-patron Nigel Huxley.

“We thought it would be an enjoyable evening and a great way to explore some good old fashioned Caledonian recipes.”

Also on the menu will be ‘Cullen Skink’, a smoked haddock chowder originating from North east Scotland; ‘Cock-a-leekie Soup, a Scottish dish of leeks, chicken and barley; venison; ‘Cranachan’, a traditional dessert made from oats, cream, whisky and raspberries; ‘Clootie Dumpling’, a fruit pudding served with whisky and clotted cream and a hot toddy with shortbread.

Burns died, aged 37, in 1796, following a period of failing health.

Diners are urged to book on 01743 344679.

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