Six of our favourite fireside pubs
Here are our favourite pubs for those lovely winter trips when you grab the seats by the fire, stretch out frozen fingers to the glow and sip a dark stout that warms you from the toes up. You can view our full collection of fireside pubs here.
A classic low, firelit pub where the flames are reflected in burnished beams and brass taps. Modern touches have been added with sensitivity, original details retained and even rediscovered – the pub’s original sign was found weathering away on the back of a blackboard. Perfect for a wintry Cotswold pint.
Round off an idyllic walk amid buzzing bees and wild flowers with a meal at the inn, perhaps salmon trio with celeriac remoulade and orange dressing, then beef, ale and mustard pie, then spiced pear and apple flapjack crumble.
Once a “dying” pub, this lovely local has been dragged back from the brink by a passionate team. Now it’s a community hub and a friendly space, where seven pumps rotate between a great selection of beers, never brewed more than 30 miles from the bar – settle in by the lovely log fire and work through them!
On a winter’s day, it’s hard to leave, with craft ales on tap and great food: homemade venison burger, lamb hot pot or market fish of the day, then a sticky date bread and butter pud.
The spacious dining room has the class and style befitting a beautiful, upmarket village, with an enormous black fireplace as the centrepiece. There’s an extensive wine and beer selection, and the fireside is a perfect place for the dogs to stretch out or for you to enjoy an after–dinner drink.
Foodies will be in their element: local produce is the star here, from full Suffolk breakfasts, light lunches and pub classics to afternoon teas and a la carte dinners.
The welcome from Sally and her team is wonderfully warm and it only gets cosier from there. The pub is all gleaming wood and leather, there are reindeer furs on the sofas, Moroccan blankets and cushions all over the place, an enormous wood–burner in the hearth and firepits outside on the terrace.
Tuck yourself into a corner and order up a Welsh rarebit (ours was the best we’d ever eaten) or some gnocchi. The whisky bar is another temptation all of its own, as are the splendid Sunday roasts.
A multiple Gastropub of the Year winner knows how important it is to have somewhere to savour your meal, which is why there are little corners with double-sided wood–burners as well as the bright dining room.
Choose from over 100 gins and a spectacular menu, perhaps Pan Fried Scallops with black pudding, chorizo, samphire with a chive cream sauce, followed by Hardwick Hall Rump of Lamb. Then head upstairs and retire for a post-prandial nap.
The sofas round the fireplace here tell you everything you need to know about the casual, homely feel that suffuses the whole pub. It feels as if you’ve stepped into a good friend’s living room and shortly after entering, you’ll be sampling a fine local ale and stretching out by the crackling hearth.
Find kelim rugs on seagrass floors, white limed beams and rustic walls. Everyone’s welcome including kids and dogs, and the menu is short and delightful: baked gnocchi with mozzarella; battered whiting and chips; Pie of the Day with winter greens; chocolate sundae.
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