On Friday 25th January, Scots all around the globe will be celebrating this fantastic festival evening. Marking the wonderful work of Scottish poet Robert Burns, this annual holiday celebration is renowned throughout Scotland with many holding ‘Burns Suppers’ to commemorate the poet. 

Traditional ‘Burns Suppers’ are held on Burns Night. Ranging from informal to formal events, only for women, for men, or both genders this ceremonies promise to wow as they include scrumptious food, poetry readings and right good ole knees up. Even the famous ‘Haggis’ (a type of sausage prepared in a sheep’s stomach) holds its own in Burns Supper events. The celebrations centre on the entrance of the ‘haggis that is served on a large platter to the sound of a piper playing bagpipes. When the haggis is placed on the table, the host reads the “Address to a Haggis”. This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to the Scottish dish. At the end of the reading, the haggis is ceremonially sliced into two pieces and the meal begins – definitely a celebration to remember.

So here at Hogarths we are doing our very own ‘ode to all things Scottish’ and here we have list of Edinburgh Gin flavours that you should definitely be sampling this brilliant Burns Night.

  1. Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Liqueur

As Perthshire is celebrated for producing the most flavoursome soft fruit, of course Edinburgh Gin would source their ripe and ravishing raspberries from their beautiful county. The fruit is hand-picked at peak ripeness from a family-owned farm in Alyth, Blairgowrie to ensure the perfect balance; ensuring just the right amount of sweetness to balance the tartness of the raspberries. This seductively coloured gin liqueur is best served with Schweppes Lemonade, over Ice with a handful of fresh raspberries.

Hogarths Perfect Serve: Schweppes Lemonade or Tonic Garnish with Raspberries

  • Edinburgh Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur

Although not as powerful as its 40% ABV counterparts, this 20% ABV liqueur dazzles any palette. With rich and luxurious, countryside inspired ingredients; this gin-based tipple acts as a perfect pair to a simple tonic or even a glass of your favourite fizz. The rhubarb and spices are left to macerate for four weeks, allowing for the complex flavours to marry together thus resulting in a gin that is gloriously great.

Hogarths Perfect Serve: Fever-Tree Tonic with Fresh Ginger OR Try Our Rhubarb Rumble Cocktail

  • Edinburgh Plum & Vanilla Liqueur

An opulent gin liqueur packed with luxurious flavour. With juicy Scottish plumbs and exotic Madagascan vanilla, this is the latest member of the Edinburgh gin family.

Hogarths Perfect Serve: Fever-Tree Tonic with Slice Lemon

  • Edinburgh Elderflower

A sweet, aromatic, flavourful Scottish gin liqueur produced by the Edinburgh gin company. This has a beautiful floral flavour derived from natural elderflower essences. Elderflowers have a distinctive floral aroma and flavour that marry beautifully with gin botanicals. The elderflowers are handpicked in full bloom and then infused with classic Edinburgh Gin. The flowers are then left to macerate for a month for full flavour extraction. A gin liqueur that is pure perfection.

Hogarths Perfect Serve: Over ice with Thomas Henry Elderflower Tonic with a slice of lemon.

So to all you Scots out there, raise a glass to this fantastic poet and the day that celebrates him. Get yourself to Hogarths, grab a gin and raise a glass to your “Sláinte Mhath!”

It’s hard not to have heard that there is a cold snap on its way, some of us have already experienced snow. So with the need for thicker jumpers here at Hogarths we have everything to keep you warm as temperatures plummet and a range of gins that will really put a wow in your winter.

So, to help you mark the welcoming of the cold we have created a list of top 4 winter gins you definitely need to get your gloved hands on:

  1. Malfy Blood Orange Gin.

With the heart of Italy in its bottle, this glorious gin offers a smooth, crisp taste of the mediterranean – just what is needed when the nights are cold and dark. Combining the botanicals of juniper, orange and blood orange this fruity and tangy gin is one for all you orange lovers out there.

Hogarths Perfect Serve: Mediterranean Fever-Tree tonic and garnish of orange wheel.

2. Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle.

This citrus based gin is something Mr. Kipling himself would adore! Sipsmith’s Lemon Drizzle Gin takes the classic London Dry and revamps it to the extreme. With layers of sweet, sun-dried lemon peels, lemon verbena results in an aromatic sweetness that keeps you begging for more.

Hogarths Perfect Serve: Fever-Tree tonic water and garnish of lemon wedge.

3. Whitley Neill Quince Gin.

Quince is a classic ingredient of the Christmas pud, hence it screams winter flavours. Whitley Neill’s Quince based gin is the perfect winter warmer. The aromas of the stone fruit hits the palate from the onset, combining the distinctive flavour of quince and infused with sweetness of apricots and peaches, this blend of perfect Persian ingredients is what gives this gin its alluring taste.

Hogarths Perfect Serve: Fever-Tree tonic water and garnish of lemon wheel.

4. Marula Pomegranate.

Last but by all means, not least, Marula is known as “forbidden fruit of the Elephant Tree” Marula gin is inspired by the heart of Africa. Bursting with pomegranate and berries with a hint of citrus and lavender, this glorious gin leaves its drinker with a beautifully long and sweet finish of orange blossom. With a sultry, soft and beautiful pink appearance, this gin is a treat for the eyes – not just the tastebuds.

Hogarths Perfect Serve: Schweppes 1783 tonic water and garnish of raspberries.

So don your wooliest hat, scarf and glove set and head to Hogarths for warmth this coming week.

The Overview

Ulster play Leicester Tigers on Saturday 19thJanuary at 3:15pm at Welford Road. We hope that this guide will give you some useful links and tips to make your weekend more enjoyable.


The Meeting Place

Hogarths Leicester
5-9 Hotel Street, Leicester

You can see the venue here.

Please note: Hogarths are an over 18 venue so if you are travelling with children you should make alternative arrangements and not meet here.

Why Hogarths?

We have the most competitive drink prices in Leicester and we are situated inside a 15-minute walk from Welford Road Stadium.


Heineken – £3.30


John Smiths – £2.15


Fosters – £2.30


Strongbow – £2.40


Guinness – £3.20


Best venue to watch live sport

We have two 5 meter big screens as well as multiple in-house HD TVs. If you’re arriving early then you can watch Edinburgh vs Montpellier and Newcastle vs Toulon at 7:45pm on Friday.  On match day you can watch Cardiff Blues vs Lyon and Saracens vs Glasgow Warrior at 1pm before you head to Welford Road for the game. If you’re planning on extending your stay here in Leicester we be televising Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup games here as well.  Watch Toulouse vs Bath and Wasps vs Leinster at 3:15pm.  We have multiple Sky boxes to show more than one live game at a time.  We show all European Rugby fixtures on BT Sports.


Gin

We have a wide range of Gins currently stocking over 120 different brands. All are perfectly served and garnished to enhance the flavours and botanicals of your choosing. Whilst we have large selection of gin available, it’s true to say our focus is on quality alongside uniqueness too.

Can’t decide which gin to order?

No problem, simply spin the wheel of ginspiration and let that decide for you!


The Form


Getting Here

By Train

Leicester lies on the London-Sheffield and the Birmingham-Stansted lines.
Approximate journey-times and frequencies of trains are:

From London (St Pancras station): 70-90 minutes/four times an hour
From Birmingham (New Street station): 60 minutes/twice an hour
From Luton (Airport Parkway station): 60 minutes/hourly
From Stansted Airport: 2 hours 30 minutes/approximately hourly

Getting to the Stadium

Welford Road is situated at Aylestone Road, Leicester, LE2 7TR. It is within walking distance of the city centre (15-20 minutes).

Click here for a map of stadium location.

From London Road Railway Station

London Road Railway Station is a 15 minute walk from the stadium. Upon arrival turn right out of the station, cross the road, turn left on to Waterloo Way, continue to the top of the hill onto Tigers Way and Welford Road is directly in front.


Useful Links

Leicester Tigers website.

About the stadium Welford Road Stadium.


Things To Do

Have some time to spare whilst supporting Ulster in Leicester? Leicester is a unique city and a wonderful place to visit, with a superb range of visitor attractions and shopping that is second to none. It’s a city that combines the finest English traditions with multicultural activities and the cosmopolitan buzz of city life.

Filling a Gap

Leicester’s cultural diversity is reflected in the stunning range of cuisine available, with restaurants representing all corners of the globe. On top of all that, you can be safe in the knowledge that you will never be far from a great curry house! For something a bit more familiar, Leicester’s newly developed restaurant quarter has all the big names you’d expect.

A Slice of Culture

Had your fill of gin? Should you need to take a break from Hogarths, one of the cultural hubs in Leicester is Melton Road where you can find many authentic shops and restaurants. Melton Road is also home to the city’s Diwali celebrations. Click here for more information.


Emergency Contact Numbers

Though we hope you won’t have to use any of the below, please see here for UK Emergency Numbers – please remember that you are abroad so roaming charges may apply:

Ambulance: 999 or 112
Fire: 999 or 112
Police: 999 or 112
Gas emergency: 0800 111 999
NHS Direct (24 hour health helpline): 0845 4647

The weather in Leicester can be cold and it has also been known to rain here! Pack your Ulster scarves and hats, you’ll be welcome to wear them inside Hogarths Leicester!

Ginuary – The time of the Gym and Tonic 

Do you want to get healthy, fit, lose weight and ensure the good times keep on coming? Well, here at Hogarths we have some gintastic news about keeping fit and still having the chance to enjoy your favourite tipple. 

As you know, Hogarths prides itself on knowing and loving all things Gin related. For many of us, Christmas is the time of over-indulgence in everything sweet, buttery, creamy and down right naughty. But with the festive period well and truly over, we have 5 top reasons why you can still get Summer ready whilst enjoying your favourite Gin and Tonic.  

1. Gin is good for you

Made from Juniper berries, these fabulous little fruits are known as “super-berries” containing a multitude of antioxidants that can help fight infections, heart disease and can even help prevent kidney and liver disease – obviously when drunk in moderation. These amazing little berries cleanse and revitalise cells which can give you healthy and younger looking skin.  

2. Slimming world friendly 

With a 35ml measure of gin clocking a minimalistic 3.5 syns, it’s no wonder that Slimming World members across the country swear by this clear spirit when wanting an alcoholic indulgence. Pair with a slimline mixer (Free) then your favourite G&T comes in at just the 3.5 syns for the Gin used and becomes the perfect party drink to treat yourself too whether it be at the weekend or for those relaxing nights after work. 

3. Gintastic for your waistline 

Coming in at just 97 calories per shot, its obvious that Gin is a clear favourite for those watching their waistlines but still wanting to enjoy a cheeky drink or two. Not only is this tipple low in calories, its cleansing powers are great for the digestive system keeping bloating at bay!  

4. Great for your bones 

Providing relief from achy joints and gout, Gin’s alcohol content team with the super juniper berries can be an effective treatment for chronic pain and inflammations, such as arthritis. Gin-soaked raisins are especially good to prepare as you can store them in a jar and eat them daily to see the benefits and used by many Arthritis suffers alleviate symptoms.  

5. Gym and Tonic 

Finding yourself signing up for a gym membership this January? Planning on burning off those Christmas calories? Well…did you know that your favourite Gin and Tonic can help you do so. Gin can raise your metabolism and assist in the burning of calories making your waistline trimmer and slimmer in less time. So next time you’re at the pub, grab a G&T and get summer ready before you even know it! 

Gin really is the answer to feeling more healthy and not having to fully abstain. Come and join us in Hogarths this January to try over 100 “Ginuary” perfect serves.