Leeds is full of venues raising a dram or two to celebrate the life and legend of Robert Burns for Burns Night 2019.
Although Leeds may be a fair distance away from the Highlands of Scotland, it is a fantastic destination to celebrate the life and works of one of its most famous poets.
Robert Burns may have been dead for more than 250 years, but his legend truly lives on. His birthday continues to be the perfect occasion for Scots and non-Scots alike to enjoy a dram (or two) of whisky in his honour. Whether or not you have Scottish blood in you, the celebration on January 25th is a great excuse to enjoy a lively night out and chase away the post-Christmas blues.
Over-spilling with world-class restaurants and award-winning bars, Leeds is an enviable place to raise a glass this Burns Night, whatever your tipple of choice may be. Here are just some of Leeds’ hotspots that are putting on a celebration this year:
Cross Keys, Water Lane
The Cross Keys have built themselves a reputation for their Burns Night antics, and this year looks set to be no different. During the five-course set menu you’ll also be able to sample a dram of whisky, as a different tipple will be served after every course from the folks over at Latitude. As if that wasn’t enough, guests will be treated to a poetry reading, in true Burns Night style, to round off the night.
Friday 25th January, 7pm – 11pm, tickets £35.
HFDP X Northern Monk, Northern Monk Brew Co., Marshall Street
With canapés on arrival, and an evening of poety and live readings at Northern Monk, this event is sure to give you a cosy Scottish welcome. Delight in a five-course feasting menu paired with Northern Monk beers (curated by Northern Monk and Harewood Food & Drink project). Tickets include a dram of single-malt whisky to make you really feel in the mood for celebrating.
Friday 25th January 2019, 7:30pm, tickets £75
Ox Club, Bramleys Yard
This January, Ox Club will be joining in the celebration with a five-course supper of traditional Burns-Night fare, brought to life with “Ox Club’s signature flair.” The evening will start with cedar smoked salmon, flow through an array or exquisite dishes (including the obligatory homemade haggis!) and conclude with heather honey tart and cranachan ice cream. Delicious.
St George’s Crypt, Great George Street
If you’re after something a little different this year, St George’s Crypt may be the place to go. Serving up a delicious meal of haggis, neeps, and tatties accompanied by a ceilidh (live entertainment, folk music and dancing), this is a fantastic choice to give something back and enjoy authentic Scottish cuisine. Proceeds from the Burns Night celebrations will go to the Leeds-based charity that supports the homeless, those suffering from addiction, and society’s most vulnerable.
Saturday 26th January 2019, 7:30pm, tickets £15
Crafthouse, Trinity Leeds
With a proud Scotsman at the helm, it will be no surprise that there’s an authentic and delicious menu being served up at the award-winning Crafthouse to mark Burns Night. The four-course tasting menu will feature some of the greatest produce to come from north of the border. The menu is also available to match with three whiskies and a cocktail for £25pp extra.
Friday 25th January 2019, tickets £35
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