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Inside Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery’s Tartan-Filled Burns Supper

Poetry recitations, beer, step dancing, and platters filled with haggis

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

People from across metro Detroit gathered together at Urbanrest Brewing Company on Thursday evening in celebration of Scotland’s annual Burns Supper. The event hosted in partnership with Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery of Redford drew a diverse crowd dawning all sorts of gear from colorful wool tartans to sporrans and even a few Scottish bonnets.

The feast, which falls each year on January 25, celebrates the 18th-century Romantic poet and lyricist Robert “Rabbie” Burns and dates back as far as 1801. As part of Burns Night friends often gather for small formal dinners or in the case of Ackroyd’s, as part of a larger event. The meal is best known for its centerpiece haggis, an offal-filled savory pudding made from mixture of sheep’s heart, liver, lungs, onion, oatmeal, fat, and spices stuffed in a sheep’s stomach; it’s also the subject of one of Burns’ most well-known poems called Address to a Haggis.

Due, in part, to laws barring the use of sheep’s lungs its rarely served here in the U.S., but Ackroyd’s does its own rendition of haggis that’s legal here in the states. At the height of the evening, third-generation owner Meghan Ackroyd performed the ceremonial cutting of the haggis between recitations, bagpiping, and step dancing performances. Take in the full, bonny scene in the gallery below.

Joe Hakim of Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery prepares plates during Burns Night.
In addition to haggis, the menu featured Scotch eggs, sausage rolls, British-style baked beans, plus traditional neeps and tatties (turnips and mashed potatoes). Urbanrest Brewing Company brewed a special “a lighter-bodied and lower-ABV style of Scottish ale” called Not A Scotch Ale.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Megan Ackroyd, owner of Ackroyd’s, shows off the traditional Burns Night haggis.
Ken Schramm of Schramm’s Mead in Ferndale prepares a recitation while Megan Ackroyd slices open the haggis.

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Urbanrest Brewing Company

2615 Wolcott Street, , MI 48220 (313) 389-6439 Visit Website

Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery

25137 Plymouth Road, , MI 48239 (313) 532-1181 Visit Website
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