The 16th Annual Burns' Night Supper

30th January 2016 at 19:00

Venue to be decided:: Newcastle upon Tyne :: England

The NGS is delighted to be hosting the 16th Annual Burns' Supper.  As with previous suppers, the evening will start with the optional whisky tasting (6pm).  For those who have not attended before, this black tie event celebrates the life of Robert Burns, Scotland's favorite bard, with a traditional mix of fine food, hilarious (if not a bit risqué) speeches and ceilidh music & Scottish dancing. If you would like more information please see the Q&As below. Booking details are at the bottom of the page.


Cock A Leekie Soup
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Haggis, Scottish Neaps and Tatties (vegetarian haggis is available)
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Tipsy Laird Trifle
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Coffee and Mints


Who is Robert Burns?
Rabbie Burns (aka The Bard) is Scotland's most famous poet. He was cheeky chappie who liked the ladies and whisky in equal measures! Many of you will recognise his song, Auld Land Syne, usually sung by groups of drunken people huddled together, shortly after the bells!

What happens at a Burns' Supper?
The main evening starts at 7pm; on your arrival, you will be presented with a glass of bubbly and seated. Some of our harder guests come along earlier to enjoy a whisky tasting (around 6pm and optional). Following Grace, the haggis will be piped in together with our first speech; Ode to the Haggis. After a scrumptious dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties, the the post-dinner speeches are delivered:

The Immortal Memory - an introduction the man they simply called the Bard.
The Ode to the Lassies - a cheeky, sometime close-to-the-bone speech that that gives the audience a taste of what Rabbie lived for.
The Response from the Lassies - an opportunity for the ladies to have their say!

We then dance the night away to a live Scottish band; a caller is provided for those unfamiliar with ceilidh dancing.

Who attends the Burns' Supper?
A mix of like-minded people from around the region and farther afield. The event is hosted by the Newcastle Gentlemen's Society (

What is a haggis?
A haggis is a small animal native to Scotland. The habitat of the haggis in exclusively mountainous, and they are relatively easy to catch as they can only run round in circles. After catching the haggis it is cooked in boiling water for a period of time, then served with tatties and neeps (and before you ask, that's potatoes and turnips). It's screams are said to sound like that other fantastic Scottish invention - the Bagpipes!

If you, rightly, think I'm talking rubbish then read for a more accurate description!

At the Burns Supper we can offer a vegetarian version of this fine dish!!

Will I get drunk?
This is optional. Many (if not all) of our guests are generally tipsy by the end of the evening! There will be some wine with the meal and a reasonably priced bar. However, if you attend the whisky tasting, then your soberness cannot be guaranteed!

I can't ceilidh dance!
As you will discover at the supper, many of our guests can't either! We will have a 'caller' who will talk you through each of the dances.

What should I wear?
This is strictly a black tie event. Gentlemen should wear a dinner jacket or traditional Scottish attire (e.g. the kilt). Ladies should wear a formal dress or similar. Jeans and hoodies are not allowed!

I'm liking this, how do I get a ticket?
Tickets will be available here from September or October 2014. Check back for updates. Supply is strictly limited due to the capacity of the venue. Ticket prices are likely to be £38 for the dinner and £15 for the Whisky Tasting.