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Six of our favourite fireside pubs

By Ella Perryman

Here are our favourite pubs for those lovely winter trips when you grab the seats by the firestretch 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.

 

 

The Howard Arms, Warwickshire  

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 Cotswolds 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.

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The Bull’s Head, Cheshire 

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.

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The Black Lion, Suffolk 

The spacious dining room has the class and style befitting a beautiful, upmarket village, with an enormous black fireplace as the centrepieceThere’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 afterdinner 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.

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The Litton, Somerset

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 woodburner 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 a gnocchi. The whisky bar is another temptation all of its own, as are the splendid Sunday roasts.

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The Horseshoes at Long Lane Village, Derbyshire 

multiple Gastropub of the Year winner knows how important it is to have somewhere to savour your mealwhich is why there are little corners with double-sided woodburners 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. 

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The Bull Inn, Oxfordshire  

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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More inspiration…

Fireside Pubs Collection

Fireside Pubs Collection

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Our top six pubs for Sunday Lunch

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