**Celebrate in the George Street townhouse where the ‘Ploughman Poet’ enjoyed the company of its well-heeled family**
Steeped in literary history with links to some of Scotland’s finest writers, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on Edinburgh’s George Street is set to pay a particularly pertinent tribute to Scotland’s much-loved bard.
To mark Robert Burns’ 260th birthday on 25 January 2019, the acclaimed restaurant and bar will host a traditional Burns supper with a modern Scottish twist in partnership with Edrington-Beam Suntory. The celebration is particularly fitting, for the poet is believed to have spent time with the 18th century family who once lived at the George Street townhouse.
At the heart of the celebrations will be established and familiar features of a traditional Burns supper, including the time-honoured Address to the Haggis.
Meanwhile, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen Burns supper menu will feature four courses that celebrate seasonal Scottish classics:
Cock-a-leekie soup or spiced sweet potato soup with sour cream and marjoram
Traditional or Vegetarian Haggis with puréed neeps and crispy potato paired with a dram Highland Park 12-year-old whisky
Braised beef cheek served with Scottish skirlie cake, spinach glazed root vegetables and horseradish with a dram of Auchentoshan American Oak whisky
Cranachan with sweet raspberries, cream, oats and laced with whisky served with a Smoky French Martini
Vegetarian option – Herb gnocchi with trompette mushrooms and pecorino with the tropical flavours of Pineapple carpaccio, passion fruit sorbet, mint jelly
The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen occupies the former home of 19th century writer Susan Ferrier, who was regarded by Sir Walter Scott as the equal of Jane Austen. The Edinburgh-born author, who wrote vivid accounts of Scottish life and often drew inspiration from well-known figures of 18th century Edinburgh, was a young child when Robert Burns arrived in the capital in 1786, to be feted by members of its high society.
While Burns might have left his literary influence on the young Susan, it was her sister, Jane, who caught the rantin’, rovin’ poet’s eye: he wrote a delightful ode to her reflecting on how a chance meeting in George Street – perhaps at the Ferrier’s impressive home – gave him fresh inspiration after his creative juices had suddenly run dry.
The poem reads: Last day my mind was in a bog, Down George’s Street I stoited; A creeping, cauld prosaic fog My vera senses doited.
Do what I dought to set her free, My Muse lay in the mire; Ye turn’d a neuk – I saw your e’e She took the wing like fire.
It is highly like that Burns was well-acquainted with the well-heeled Ferrier family during his time in Edinburgh, when he was a prized guest at countless society gatherings.
Susan Ferrier’s father, James, was one of the principal clerks of the Court of Session and a colleague of Sir Walter Scott, who is recorded as being a young aspiring writer when he met Burns during his Edinburgh visit.
Burns also lived for a spell at St James Square at the east end of Princes Street, and just a few hundred yards from the George Street townhouse occupied by the Ferrier family.
The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen Burns supper is on sale for £47pp with the evening commencing at 7.30pm and concluding at 10.30pm.
To find out more and to book the four-course Burns supper, visit The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen at printingpressedinburgh.co.uk