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12 Pubs at Christmas

Baby, it’s cold outside… so come indoors and discover why pubs are so important to the local community during the Christmas season with our selection of twelve festive pubs.

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Pubs are at the heart of local communities and offer a vital hub for locals to get together.

They are the perfect location to meet people in a relaxed, social environment and to enjoy the festive season whether on one’s own or in a big family and friends group.  So come on in from the cold, enjoy the food, drink and activities on offer this Yuletide!


1. Kingslodge Inn +

Flass Vale, Waddington Street, Durham, DH1 4BG
0191 370 9977

A well-stocked pub in the centre of Durham City, this pub really gets into the festive spirit by offering Christmas lunch to those living alone.  Since 2018, the Kingslodge Inn has joined forces with the Abbeyfield Society and Age UK County Durham to throw a free Christmas party for older people living in social isolation. The pensioners enjoy a free Christmas lunch, entertainment and the company. The pub also runs a regular lunch club throughout the year for older people who live alone.

+ Cask Marque accredited

Greater London

2. Churchill Arms*

119 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London, W8 7LN
020 7727 4242

Dating from 1824, this is one of London’s Real Heritage Pubs and known for its quirky exterior. But at Christmas, the pub is a sight to behold, as it displays spectacular festive decorations. These are topped each and every year, and in 2018 included 97 Christmas trees (93 outside and 4 inside) covered in over 21,000 lights. It really puts you in the mood for a jolly Christmas season!

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

Northern Ireland

3. Errigle Inn*

312-320 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 2GE
028 9064 1410

A real ale and craft brewery haven, this pub is the current CAMRA Northern Ireland Pub of the Year. At Christmas it really does offer something for everyone, whether it’s the Christmas lights and decorations, live traditional, folk and rock music events upstairs, the Christmas Jumper pub quiz, live football between Boxing Day and New Year, or a quiet drink in the Oak Lounge, which from mid-evening even offers table service – a rarity in pubs these days.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020


4. Cambridge Blue*

85-87 Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LG
01223 471680

This ever-popular, award-winning, side-street pub close to Mill Road gets into the Christmas spirit by joining in with the Mill Road Winter Fair on 7th December, when Father Christmas and his real-life reindeer can be found in the back garden. In addition, there is a highly-anticipated annual evening of carols and mulled wine with the Cottenham Brass Band (21st December). The pub offers 14 changing ales, 10 ciders and a large range of bottled beers to enjoy as you sing along! Many pubs across the country offer Carols til Closing so check out what’s on near you too.

* Featured in CAMRA’S Good Beer Guide 2020

Tyne and Wear

5. Cumberland Arms*

James Place Street (off Byker Bank) Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1LD
0191 265 1725

Overlooking the Ouseburn Valley, this traditional pub has lots to get involved with – it’s well known for its live music, comedy and theatre, as well as its folk sessions, film club, beer and music festivals, book lending and board games. At Christmas, it further embraces the local community with Christmas at the Cumberland (8th December), a regular event “celebrating all things Christmassy with music, shopping, food and hot booze”. It is also the winner of multiple Cider Pub of the Year awards, and usually has twelve real ale handpumps and four keg lines rotating beers from local breweries in the North-east.

* Featured in the Good Beer Guide 2020


6. Ship Inn*

Main Street, Greenodd, Ulverston, LA12 7QZ
01229 861553

The Ship Inn is situated in the quiet village of Greenodd which is on the edge of the Lake District National Park. It holds regular events such as fund-raising afternoon teas and quiz nights for the local community. At Christmas, there are popular Christmas wreath making workshops (4th, 7th and 11th December in 2019) using fresh flowers or rags, which aim to encourage skills to be passed on between local generations, with funds donated to a local charity. All enjoyed with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, of course!

* Featured in Good Beer Guide 2020


7. New Inn

Manaccan, Helston, TR12 6HA
01326 231 301

The New Inn is a quintessentially old fashioned pub nestled in the Cornish village of Manaccan and the community of Gillan, Flushing and Helford. It was the first community-owned pub in Cornwall. A popular pub with walkers and tourists, it hosts a wide range of local events all year round, including a popular Carols at Christmas event. This year’s takes place on 21st December with mulled wine and mince pies. A raffle will also be held with proceeds going to Coast Medic with the aim of installing a defibrillator in the village

* Featured in Good Beer Guide 2020 


8. Duke of Marlborough*

Main Road, Somersham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 4QA
01473 831 283

This 15th-century inn was saved and restored by the local community. The timber framed building offers a warm welcome and a wide range of events all year including themed food nights, live music and open mic nights, and monthly quiz night. At Christmas, events include a popular shopping night with mulled cider in November, where locals can buy and sell gifts, art & crafts, decorations, homewares and Christmas cakes. There are also creative workshops such a Lino Cutting Print Day (8th December) with a local artist to produce a set of unique Christmas cards.

* Featured in Good Beer Guide 2020

West Sussex

9. The Bevy

50 Hillside, Brighton, BN2 4TF
01273 281009

The Bevy is the first community-owned and run estate pub in the UK, and all profits are reinvested in the local area. At Christmas there is lots on offer including a Christmas Fair (1st December), a free Children’s Christmas Party with Santa’s Grotto and disco (14th December) and Churches Together Christmas Carols (15th December). There are also regular ‘Never Alone’ get-togethers as well as walking/jogger, Karaoke and quiz meet-ups/events all year round.


10. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks *+£

16 Abbey Mill Lane, St Albans, AL3 4HE
01727 869152

A Boxing Day tradition takes place annually at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks (and the White Hart Hotel, Holywell Hill, St Albans) – the St Albans Mummers. In existence over fifty years, the Mummers perform their unique adaptation of George and the Dragon outside five different venues around St Albans, two of which are pubs. A major feature of Christmas in St Albans, it’s a fun Christmas tradition enjoyed by many generations each and every year. In addition, this year Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is also staging a Christmas Night Bazaar from 4th-22nd December in its garden (except Mondays and 10th December) from 5-10pm.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020
+ Casque Mark accredited
£ Real Ale Discount Scheme

Highland and Western Isles

11. Clachnaharry Inn*

17-19 High Street, Clachnaharry, Inverness, IV3 8RB
01463 239806

Clachnaharry Inn is a friendly 17th-century coaching inn, popular with locals and visitors, with fine views over the Caledonian Canal sea lock and Beauly Firth toward Ben Wyvis and the Black Isle. It’s a welcoming and warming pub but must be included as at Christmas, what’s better than a free mini-bus service for those within a 10-12 mile radius of the pub! Now that’s service!

* Featured in Good Beer Guide 2020

Greater London

12. The Alexandra

33 Wimbledon Hill Road
020 8947 7691

The Alexandra in south-west London, serves up free turkey lunches and drinks on Christmas Day to anyone spending Christmas alone. Now in its fifth year, neighbouring shops and residents also donate food and presents to help spread the festive joy! This year, they are expecting over 100 three-course meals to be served, to those on their own, recently widowed, or those working away from home and family.  The Alexandra holds regular ‘Meet Up Mondays’ to combat loneliness in the community the rest of the year too.



Combatting loneliness

Pubs play a vital role in tackling loneliness and social isolation and are one of the last few places left, where people can come together to socialise outside the home.

Our latest campaign aims to highlight the amazing work that pubs do to foster community spirit and encourage social interaction all year, including the Christmas period.

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