Burns Night with my Scottish hubby is normally a home affair entailing hours of peeling veggies so I was very happy to turn it into a Date Night instead! Seeing as the 25th landed on a school night we wanted to stay within Stratford, so the special Burns Night menu at The One Elm was just the ticket. The One Elm is a bustling local gastro-pub which is beautifully fitted out complete with open fire in the front snug. We headed straight through to the dining room at the rear overlooking the courtyard, which was busy even on a freezing January evening.
The Burns Night menu had a choice of two options for each course. We both went for the smoked fish starter over the veggie haggis scotch egg. The fish flaked beautifully with a light cream sauce. Being the nominated driver for the evening I was over the moon to find a few mocktails on offer, whilst the complimentary whisky went down a treat with my better half.
Service was swift and the main courses arrived quickly after the starters. The Scotsman had chosen the haggis, neeps and tatties of course, whilst I had asked for the venison (pink please). Even with a steak knife the venison was putting up a fight but it was much easier in the eating being juicy and tender. The meaty sauce was delicious too and the crispy curly kale. We swapped mouthfuls for comparison purposes and the baked haggis was cooked perfectly too – no watery boiled haggis here thank goodness.
We chose our desserts off the main menu – creme brulee for the Mr and salted caramel tart for myself. I had pudding envy, the creme brulee being twice the size of my sliver of tart but I calmed myself with the thought of the calories saved.
Merry Burns Night one and all!
PS – For other Date Night ideas go here on the MUMbler website
WHERE TO GO
The One Elm is a friendly, neighbourhood pub just yards from Henley Street & Shakespeare’s birthplace. As well as a perennially busy bar, we have an eatery on two floors and a secret courtyard where those in the know while away a sunny afternoon or evening. We take huge pride in serving the best ingredients we can find, from ethical producers, freshly prepared by our chefs. Whether you pop in for a pint, a business lunch or a special dinner, we promise you a friendly welcome. All day long.
Where: 1 Guild Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QZ
Tel: 01789 404919