Guests at local church will enjoy a traditional Burns Night supper thanks to Northumberland College students

Guests at local church will enjoy a traditional Burns Night supper thanks to Northumberland College students  
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Six Northumberland College Hospitality students have been invited to set up, prepare, cook and serve a traditional Burns Supper for 100 guests at St Mark’s church in Newbiggin-by-the-sea. Level 1 and Level 2 Hospitality students will be preparing and cooking in one of the colleges five professional kitchens and then taking the meals across on hot plates to serve.

Invited guests to the church will enjoy a menu of the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, smothered in a whiskey sauce, followed by cranachan (the Scottish dessert of oats, cream, whisky and raspberries).

David Tate, Hospitality Manager at Northumberland College, said, "The students will be involved in everything from the setup, food preparation, cooking and serving, which will all be done under a strict time regime to ensure the food stays hot. They'll have the chance to develop both kitchen and front of house skills in an unfamiliar environment."

This is the first Burns Supper at St Mark's since the church reopened its doors just over a year ago after much needed redevelopments.

Land owner and event organiser, Mary Dodds, was keen to involve the College, after enjoying many dinners at its student ran restaurant, The Gallery.

Mary said: "My experiences at The Gallery have always been thoroughly enjoyable with great service, so I thought this would be the perfect chance for students to gain some different work experience to hopefully enhance their CV and develop their future career opportunities."

The Burns Night celebrations will start traditionally, with the entrance of the haggis, piped in by pipers, then dinner, followed by entertainment from a poetry reciter and music from Morpeth based band, Board of Directors.

Mary added: "It's very traditional and a fun community event. I'm really pleased with the enthusiasm from Northumberland College to support our supper. Tickets for the evening can be purchased by popping into the church."

Northumberland College provides Hospitality and Catering qualifications for learners of all ages, from entry level, and Apprenticeships to higher education. Former students have reached the highest levels within the catering profession and now work at prestigious restaurants such as the Strathearn restaurant at the world- famous Gleneagles hotel.

The College will also be offering a Burns Night special menu on Tuesday 26 January. To book, call the restaurant directly on 01670 330720. To find out more about courses visit,