I was born and raised in Scotland, and I’m very proud of my homeland. It’s beautiful scenery, the history, the people, the food – there’s no place quite like Scotland!
I was recently contacted by the lovely folks at Joes Bloggers to head along to Jamie’s Traditional Scottish Evening at the Thistle Hotel in Edinburgh – an event which has been running for the past 43 years.
I’m always up for a bit of patriotism, so I chucked on my tartan skirt and headed for our lovely Capital city.
We were given a tour of the hotel, conveniently located beside the St James Center right in the heart of the city. If you’re ever looking to stay in the city centre, The Thistle St James have you covered for acommodation without the usual Edinburgh price tag! After our tour we had a seat in the guests bar, which was spacious and welcoming with a good selection. We were taken to our tale shortly after – right in the middle with a perfect view of the stage. There were over 140 people booked in for the show that night – which surprised us for a Tuesday! The other guests all began taking their seats, and the variety of people in attendance was quite impressive. There were people from Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Italy and many other places, all of varying ages.
After a look through the menu, we were pleased to find out that there was a choice of 3 main courses on offer.
The first course was Leek and potato soup, which was served with a crusty bread roll.
The main course was up next, beef in a peppercorn sauce with veg.
Last up was a traditional Scottish Cranachan for desert. I’ve never had Cranachan, but I was intrigued. A mixture of raspberry, whisky, cream and oats – all the ingredients to put a smile on my face!
After dinner, we were treated to a show featuring traditional Scottish music and dancing. Of course, in true Scottish style, the first song we were treated to was Donald Where’s Yer Troosers. Did I sing along? Of course I did. The musicians were all fantastic, playing some songs that we knew from social dancing in school (shudder) and some that we weren’t familiar with. The dancers were great, despite bringing back memories from my own short lived Scottish country dancing stint. I certainly wasn’t as good as these ladies anyway!
Before the end of the show, the host came out with the piper for the traditional adress to the haggis. I’ve never been a fan of haggis, but watching them serve it up properly always does impress me. This time was no exception, as the haggis was brought out displayed with antlers and stabbed by the host.
The show closed with their rendition of Auld Lang Syne, a song which always gives me a lump in my throat. They had everyone in the room holding hands and singing along, which went down well with the tourists who were filming and snapping away!
Overall we all had a great night. I must say that I feel the night is definitely aimed more towards tourists, but it’s always nice to get a taste of your own culture!
If you want to find out more about Jamie’s Traditional Scottish Evening, you can click here for the website.
The show runs from 10th March – October 31st with full availability and ticket details on the website.
PS – Big thanks to Joes Bloggers and The Thistle Hotel for having us along!