2018 – Burns Night

Burns Night– Saturday 27th January 7:30 for 8:00

burnsnightIt’s that time again, when we celebrate the life of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns.

Some would say he was the greatest (Scottish) poet ever to have lived, and measured by the number of parties held around the world every year to celebrate his anniversary, that could be true. However, it may also have something to do with the whisky, which always flows freely and helps to drown the ‘Haggis Beasty’.

Whatever, this year the celebration returns to Martignas but the formula remains the same.

The traditional menu will consist of smoked salmon, haggis, neeps, tatties and trifle with wine and whisky at the inclusive price of 20€ per head. Entertainment will include the pipes, some Burns recitation and the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ (together with its stabbing).

Space limitations for a sit down dinner mean that only 28 people can be accommodated and places will be allocated on a strict booking order basis. So …… book early !


This event is always very popular and demand is always greater than the number of places available.  If you would like to attend, then please contact John B direct or complete the online booking form as soon as possible.

Payment in advance is required for this event so please send your cheque, made out to the BBC for 20€ per person, direct to John B.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation

Comments from previous years

“It was a sell out! The full capacity of 28 members booked. Guests commenced the evening with a rather potent Scottish Sparkle, skilfully prepared and ladled out by John. There was a healthy display of tartan evident, together with knobbly knees displayed by the kilt wearing Scotsmen!”

“We were treated to animated singing led by Kit of ‘Comin’ thro’ the rye’ accompanied – as has become the custom at our Celtic events – by Jack, duly dressed in fine regalia. He then lead the magnificent procession, with several circuits, piping in the Haggis. The strident bagpipes were momentarily silenced when the key pipe came adrift, causing some amusement, but not detracting from the spectacle of Eileen proudly bearing the Haggis! Chris then treated us to an ‘Address to the Haggis’ before brutally stabbing it!”

”   …….. then to the serious part – eating the haggis and it was agreed by many to be the best ever ! It was of course accompanied by the traditional, neeps and tatties (mashed potatoes). Less obvious was that the excellent whisky, served to all, was to be partially poured on the haggis (like gravy).”

” ……….. a toast to the ‘Lassies’ to which Eileen responded in song ! Then to the plentiful and rich Trifles ……”

” ….. and we concluded with coffee and excellent Shortbread. The pipes were exercised his again to accompany us singing ‘Flower of Scotland’, and finally ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (perhaps Robbie Burns’ most famous rendering)”