Burns Night is a celebration of the birth of Robert Burns, who played a vital role in Scottish literature, creating the infamous poem/song Auld Lang Syne. It is typical in Scotland to have a dinner close to the night of January 25th, which this year was a Saturday, at the dinner the haggis is piped in, followed by a recital of the Address to a Haggis.
As it was the end of exams, Ben and I decided to go to Loch Fyne in Winchester who were offering a Burns Night dinner, not a traditional one, but good food nonetheless. After a fortnight of wearing leggings and baggy jumpers, it was nice to get dressed up and wear makeup again. I wore a 5 year old Dorothy Perkins wrap dress with my Gran’s pearls.
Ben is very parituclar about how he dresses, and choose to buy a MacGregor pocket square to match my scarf.
All of the photos were taken on an iPhone, so excuse the bad lighting. Loch Fyne were offering 3 courses for £24.95, which included a glass of wine or a dram of Talisker. Ben went for the dram, and I went for a glass of house white. We were both went for the Cullen Skink, which is a fish soup that is simple and easy to make with butter, milk, carrots, potatoes and white fish. It was great particularly due to the addition of clams. Ben then had the steak, whilst I went for the fish platter. To finish we both had a Sticky Toffee Pudding, we all know how much I love that dish!
One of the best bits about a Loch Fyne restaurant, is being able to buy fresh fish at cut price. The fish available changes seasonally, and I picked up some Bream and Halibut. So expect some fish recipes coming soon!