Sunday, 24 January 2010

Early Burns Night

Although Burns Night is not officially until the 25th January, the Jubilee Inn at Pelynt was holding the celebrations last night.

Jo had organised such a successful evening last year that the members of the MX-5 Owners Club had requested a repeat performance this year. As this weekend Jo was due to be at her godson's Christening the job of booking it was given to Fiona who is the webmistress of the Cornwall MX-5 OC and she also very handily lives just across the road from the pub!

We set off from home about 2.30pm in blazing sunshine which is normally the perfect weather for a 5 but Mike's eyes get very sore in bright lights and so it wasn't ideal. He did well though and we reached the pub and checked in. Hamish instantly knew where he was and dragged me through the door and up the stairs to our room but he got a bit confused when the lady stopped at room 16 and didn't go on to room 14 where he'd stayed last year!

It was a much nicer room though and after unloading the car what did we do? We settled down to watch the FA Cup match on TV of course!

We'd been invited to Dennis and Fiona's for pre-dinner drinks and so after dressing up in our tartan we told Hamish we were going shopping and leaving the TV on for him we set off to their cottage. Whenever we leave Hamish we always say we're going shopping and then he knows we'll be coming back! I know daft really but it seems to work even when we don't have any bags of shopping on our return! After drinks we all walked over to the pub and met up with the last two members to arrive by taxi. Ken had had a nasty accident last year and is still not able to drive. We'd been given the same table as before and the room was beautifully decorated with blue and white ...

We began with Cullen Skink which is a broth made from smoked haddock, potatoes, onion and parsley ...

The haggis was then presented and the ode was recited.



We all had a dram of whisky to toast the haggis but I'm not a whisky lover so Mike got two drams! The haggis then arrived with neeps and tatties and a whisky and wild mushroom sauce. Very yummy!

We'd had a choice for our main meal and both of us had gone for the Shetland roast lamb which was also delicious ...

For desserts we'd chosen bread and butter pudding for Mike and strawberry pavlova with strawberry coulais for me. The photos of these are not very good - pale food on a white plate is not easy to capture ...


After coffee and mints I was beginning to feel like a bloated whale! A group photo of the table at the end of the evening ...

We then popped upstairs to get Hamish and he came down to the bar with his tartan bow on ...

After a last chat and farewells we turned in for the night.

This morning Hamish was looking as if it was hangover time!

We went down to breakfast and I couldn't believe that I could eat so much again! We wanted to get away as early as possible but we had to scrape the ice off the car as there had been a very heavy frost ...

After saying our goodbyes we loaded the car and got away about 9.30am. The sun was behind us when we left and it was a much better journey back. Hamish travelled on the parcel shelf and was looking forward to reaching his home ...

He'd been a little angel all weekend - bless him.

2 comments:

Joanne said...

Lovely - Can't wait for next years Burns Night - I missed not getting any Haggis!

Chris said...

Looks like a fun time :-) We had Haggis and Chips at Ullapool years ago and it was great! Don't know why it hasn't moved south :-)