Some of the best places to salute Scottish culture with Burn's Night celebrations in Leeds

Prosecco aside - whisky is the fall back tipple for City Buzz so any occasion where a wee dram is encouraged we are on board with.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 6:00 am

So given the number of events taking place in Leeds over the coming days to celebrate Burns Night - it looks like we are not the only ones.

At gentleman’s clubs through to fine-dining restaurants, salutes to Scottish food, drink and culture are on the menu.

Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the poet, Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759.

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Burns Night is a good excuse for a whisky tipple.

The day also celebrates Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. His best known work is Auld Lang Syne but he also penned Address to a Haggis in his native dialect.

Some places started the Burns Night celebrations early with whisky tastings at Midnight Bell and a whisky and cheese night at The Alchemist on Greek Street last night.

The city's nine Wetherspoon pubs got into the Scottish spirit from last weekend with a ten day Burns event at Beckett’s Bank in Park Row, The Cuthbert Brodrick in Portland

Crescent , The Hedley Verity in Woodhouse Lane, The Crossed Shuttle in Pudsey, The Three Hulats at Chapel Allerton, The Picture House in Morley, The Clothier's Arms at Yeadon, The Briggate in Garforth and The Old Unicorn in Bramley.

It is on until Sunday and the pubs will be serving two special meals; Scottish haggis, neeps and tatties, as well as a Caledonian Burger with beef patty, haggis, whisky sauce, chips and six

beer-battered onion rings as well as some Scottish ales, gins and whiskeys.

There are also some other events this weekend so if you are thinking of celebrating some Celtic culture this weekend try some of these picks.

Tonight (Friday, Crafthouse will be leading the way with executive chef Murray Wilson who will be raising a toast to Rabbie Burns, with a Scottish-inspired tasting menu.

City Buzz understands that the final details of the menu are still being sorted but diners could expect delicacies like Scottish smoked salmon, haggis mash, neeps and tatties and rhubarb Cranachan.

In addition there will be tastings of Laphroaig, Macallan, Highland Park, Bowmore and Auchentoshan, paired perfectly with each course.

Meanwhile, Browns Restaurant has paired up with one of the most well-known names in Scottish whisky for its food and drink pairings being served up tonight and tomorrow.

Start with Scottish mussels in a white wine sauce paired with a glass of Glenfiddich IPA, the first whisky ever finished in IPA craft beer casks. For the main event, it is haggis, neeps and tatties with creamy mashed swede and a drop of Glenfiddich’s 15-year-old whisky. The supper will end with a bowl of Cranachan, made from smooth whipped cream, honey and a dash of whisky, Glenfiddich’s 12-year-old whisky and a sing along of Auld Lang Syne at Browns Leeds.

At the Ox Club they will be holding the fifth annual Burns Night celebration dinner tomorrow in collaboration with the Compass Box Whisky. The menu will feature five courses, welcome cocktail, plus a couple of drams of Compass Box’s finest.

If you are more Haig Club than haggis then Whiskey Down in what used to be The Townhouse Club has you covered. With more than 20 Scottish whiskies alongside the American and Irish drinks list, you can raise a glass with the flavours of Haig, Chivas and Oban to name but a few.

And, you can event celebrate Burns Night for the good of some of the most vulnerable people in the city.

Homeless charity, St George’s Crypt, is hosting a Ceilidh and Dinner on Saturday February 1 from 7pm. It costs £15 and includes traditional haggis, neeps and tatties and the money you pay goes back towards helping fund the work that St George’s Crypt does.

Cheers to that.