Burns Night, an annual celebration of the life and work of Scottish poet Robbie Burns, is set to be marked with gusto in the heart of Northumberland.

The January 25 event will be celebrated at two sister venues, each paying unique tribute to the individual fondly known as the Scottish Bard.

The award-winning Blackbird at Ponteland is planning to hold its Burns Night event featuring traditional favourites with a twist.

Diners start with cock-a-leekie soup, and will also be treated to haggis, neeps and tatties.

There will also be a new take on Cranachan featuring iced honey parfait.

The dinner costs £40 per person and vegetarian options are available.

Bookings can be made by calling the restaurant on 01661 822684 or visiting the website at www.theblackbirdponteland.co.uk

Burns Night will also be marked at The Northumberland Arms in Felton, which is the sister site to The Blackbird.

The three-course dinner, priced £35 per person, will feature dishes steeped in Scottish tradition.

The three course menu features Haggis Wellington served with neeps and tatties and whisky and peppercorn sauce.

Vegetarian options can be ordered in advance.

Bookings can be made by calling the venue on 01670 787370.