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