Burns' Night date

TWO pubs will be serving traditional Scottish food and drink as they celebrate the life of a poet.

The King Johns Tavern, in South Road, Hartlepool, and The Ward Jackson, in the town's Church Square, will be recognising the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns as they host Burns' Week.

The pubs will be serving haggis, neeps and tatties as well as seven Scottish real ales during the themed week, which will take place from Wednesday, January 19, to Tuesday, January 25.

Philip Tindle, Ward Jackson pub manager, said: "Nowadays very few pubs celebrate Burns' Night. However, we are so keen for our customers to enjoy it, that we are hosting the celebration for seven days.

Pints of Scottish ales and 10-year-old single malt whisky from the Isle of Skye will also be on sale.