There’s nothing better this time of year than cuddling up in a cosy pub after a long walk in the crisp winter air with friends, partners and of course, our four-legged friends. So, cuddle up in the warm with a glass of mulled wine and enjoy some of the cosiest pubs in the area.
Blogger Amanda French lists her favourites…
The Alford Arms (www.alfordarmsfrithsden.co.uk/) in Frithsden is nestled in the wooded valley of the Ashridge Forest Estate, so a perfect stop after a long fresh winter walk …especially with their policy of dogs, children and muddy boots welcome. Antique artwork, wooden tables and chairs decorate the pub and an open fire warms the cockles on a cold day.
Visit the White Hart Tap (www.whiteharttap.co.uk) in St Albans to enjoy a warm fireside mulled wine with the pub cat, Paddy who you’ll find laying himself out in front of it. This pub welcomes an eclectic mix of people, making for some interesting chat and serves food every day. They also have more than 20 different whiskies available, so why not make a day of it and try a few.
The Wiveton Bell (www.wivetonbell.co.uk) in Holt boasts several awards for its award-winning food including the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs awards, so you are sure to enjoy a fantastic meal. Pop in after a bracing walk along the salt marshes of North Norfolk, which has been listed as a site of outstanding natural beauty. Bring along your four-legged friends too to warm up in this cosy traditional style pub. Have a little too much mulled wine? Don’t worry, this pub also comes with stunning accommodation, making an overnight stay a real delight.
Set between Downham Market and King’s Lynn, The Hare Arms (www.theharearms.co.uk) is a cosy pub with roaring fires during the winter. Sit in the bar, packed with interesting memorabilia and enjoy a warming drink. Alternatively, pop into the Tortoise Room for a selection of homemade dishes.
Set in peaceful Hinxton, close to Cambridge The Red Lion (www.redlionhixton.co.uk) is a Grade 2 listed building and holds a cosy log fire, a beamed bar with deep green chesterfields and worn wooden boards to create a cosy atmosphere. Their puddings are infamous – try a sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce to get you going again on a cold winter’s day.
The Crown Inn pub in Elton (www.thecrowninn.org) is set in a beautiful idyllic Wolds village. Settle into ‘the snug’ by the big log fire on a wintery night and tuck into some of their delicious homemade food. Another dog friendly bar, your four-legged friends are welcome to join you to warm up after a walk in the countryside.
Set in the beautiful village of Great Chesterford, The Plough (www.ploughgc.co.uk/) is a traditional country pub with a great food offering. Stop in to enjoy delicious food, great drinks and company from locals and visitors to the village alike.
Enjoy a taste of the 17th Century at The Square and Compasses in Fuller Street (www.thesquareandcompasses.co.uk/) in this traditional country pub. With a rustic interior, enjoy a lovely locally sourced meal in an old-worldly setting.
Visit The Ferry Boat Inn in Felixstowe Ferry (www.ferryboatinn.org.uk/) following a walk along the coast or through the local countryside. Warm up in its cosy bar with roaring fires and enjoy food and drink in this beautiful old fashioned pub.
A charming 17th Century pub, The Buxhall Crown (www.thebuxhallcrown.co.uk), in Buxhall, just outside Stowmarket, is a great stop off on a cold winter’s day. Enjoy a seasonally changing menu, while sitting next to a roaring log fire.
Cosy up by the fireplace in The French Horn (www.frenchhornpub.co.uk) in Steppingley after a dog walk in the local countryside. With ever changing guest ales and a great menu, it would be easy to while away a cold winter’s day at this pub.
The Bell in Odell (www.thebellinodell.co.uk) boasts both a log burner and log fire, designed to create a warm and cosy environment in this traditional pub setting. Watch the Great River Ouse meander past outside while keeping warm and dry inside. Tuck into delicious food and enjoy a wide variety of drinks at this pub during the cold winter months.
This winter, there’s no better place to spend the cold days than cuddled up in the warm in your local pub. There’s a huge selection to choose from across the area, so why not try out as many as you can over the next few months?