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Six of the Best: Burns’ Night events in Leeds

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For many, Burns’ Night is an excuse to crack open a bottle of fine malt whisky and indulge in haggis, neeps and tatties. Here are six events taking place next week to whet your appetite.

WHISKY LOUNGE, LEEDS

Some say Robert Burns’ birthday is an excuse to break out the good stuff and those at The Northern Monk Brew Co will be doing just that, with some of their favourite drams. They’re also including an authentic and tasty half time supper of haggis, neeps and tatties.

This tasting features six whiskies and as usual you won’t be tasting these whiskies alone, you’ll be in the company of fellow whisky folk and whisky experts, who will be on hand to entertain and enlighten you in the ways of the dram.

Wednesday January 24, 7pm-9pm, tickets: £32.12

CRAFTHOUSE, CITY CENTRE

“No one does Burns Night better than us and this year is set to be our best yet,” that’s according to executive chef and proud Scotsman, Lee Murdoch, who will be raising a toast to the famous poet, Robert Burns, with a Scottish inspired five course menu, including Orkney beef and cranachan at the award winning Crafthouse restaurant.

A truly Scottish experience with the best quality food and drink.

Event: Thursday January 25, 0113 897 0444 or email crafthouse@danddleeds.com

CROSS KEYS, CITY CENTRE

Chefs at The Cross Keys in Leeds are laying on a five-course menu showcasing Scottish classics, and of course the ‘Great chieftain o the puddin’-race’ (Robert Burns)

Each course will be paired with a different whisky introduced by their friends at Latitude Wine and Liquor Merchant.

There will also be beers on tap, roaring fires and the feel of a proper country pub... just in the city.

The Cross Keys, Water Lane, LS11, event takes place on Thursday January 25, 7pm-11pm. Website: the-crosskeys.com or telephone: 0113 243 3711.

JASON MANFORD, LEEDS TOWN HALL

Ok, so this one is not strictly on Burns Night but we do like to give you variety, which means an alternative way to celebrate Burns’ connection to the common man (and whisky and neeps), which comes in the form of stand-up comic Jason Manford, who will be in the city next week with his ‘Muddle Class’ tour.

The comedian explores the foibles of working class folk who (like him) somehow end up being middle class, in a superbly observed routine.

Weds Jan 24, Muddle Class, Victoria Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets: £29.15, 0113 376 0318.

LEEDS UNIVERSITY UNION, CITY CENTRE

The Leeds University Union Fringe began a few years ago and showcases the various talents of groups and societies in the city - it takes place from January 23-27 but on January 25, there will be a Burns’ Night event at the Old Bar.

They say: “Join us for this fabled Scottish tradition and give the famous delicacy of haggis a try for yourself. Expect free haggis, neeps & tatties, whisky sampling and a themed quiz from 8pm.”

Thurs, Jan 25, see: www.facebook.com/events/727436800799087/?active_tab=about

ST GEORGE’S CRYPT, LEEDS CENTRE

The event at St George’s Centre, Great George Street, Leeds, will include traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, provided by their Nurture catering team, followed by a ceildih.

Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased by emailing fundraising1@stgeorgescrypt.org.uk.

St George’s Crypt is a charity in the city centre, working with the homeless, the vulnerable and those suffering from addiction.

The event will take place on Saturday January 27, from 7.30pm, tickets cost £15, email: fundraising1@stgeorgescrypt.org.u