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Roaring Fires

As winter’s chill descends and jack frost nips at your nose,

why not warm yourself at the open fire of one of these cosy pubs,

all recommended by our members… 

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Cumbria

1. Ring O’Bells *£

37-39 Kirkland, Kendal, LA9 5AF
ringobellskendal.webs.com

A little pub with a roaring fire and a big heart! The fire is kept stoked up throughout the winter even for a solitary drinker. It offers a range of well-sourced beers, as well as an unusual selection of cider, perry and gin. The Ring O’Bells is one of several pubs in England believed to have been built upon consecrated ground.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

£ offers CAMRA Member Discount (Real Ale Discount Scheme)

Cheshire

MobberleyUK, Cheshire, WA16 7HX

thebullsheadpub.co.uk

A quintessentially English pub offering great food and atmosphere. With three open fires including an old back-to-back fireplace, it is often listed as one of the cosiest pubs in the area.  Local CAMRA’s Cheshire’s Winter Pub of the Season, it usually has seven local cask ales on offer too.

+ Cask Marque accredited

Berkshire

3. King Charles Tavern*+£

54 Cheap Street, Newbury, RG14 5BX
kctavern.com

The two front bars in this town-centre pub feature open fireplaces. The KC or KCT, as its known to locals, is a former local CAMRA Pub of the Year, and serves up to eight beers, often from XT, Saltaire and Hop Back breweries.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

+ Cask Marque accredited

£ offers CAMRA Member Discount (Real Ale Discount Scheme) 

West Yorkshire

4. Fox and Goose*+

7 Heptonstall Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 6AZ
www.foxandgoose.org

A roaring log or coal fire in the main bar really warms the cockles on a cold winter’s day. It’s also great for drying out wet dogs and people, as well as for toasting crumpets! The first community cooperative pub in West Yorkshire, it is local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019, as well as one of the Guardian’s Top 50 Pubs in Britain. It has an excellent selection of ales including at least one vegan beer and a dark ale.

 * Featured in CAMRA’S Good Beer Guide 2020

+ Cask Marque accredited

Kingdom of Fife

5. Hillend Tavern+

37 Main Street, Hillend, KY11 9ND
01383 415391
hillendtavern.co.uk

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…is a regular (albeit informal) event at Hillend Tavern. Another regular local CAMRA Pub of the year and Scottish Pub of the Year runner-up, there is an open fire at each end of the pub, and four or five real ales are regularly on offer.

+ Cask Masque accredited

Oxfordshire

6. Flower Pot+

Aston, Berkshire RG9 3DG+
01491 574721
brakspear.co.uk/pub-finder/flowerpot

A charming country inn set in the heart of the village of Aston. With a vintage wood burner in the public bar, the Flower Pot offers traditional pub fayre and an eclectic collection of aquatic taxidermy throughout the pub. A great place to warm up with a pint, it is located just a five minute walk from the River Thames and provides beautiful views of the countryside.

+ Cask Marque accredited

West Wales

7. Forest Arms

Brechfa, Carmanthenshire, SA32 7RA
01267 202288
forestarms.com

The Forest Arms is located in the centre of Brechfa, an ancient village dating back to the 6th Century, situated between Llandeilo and Carmarthen.  There are two rooms with open fires and plenty of cosy areas to sit and relax. The Huntsmans Bar has a cavernous fireplace with a wood burner, while the double height St David’s Room also boasts an open fire and is available for private hire.  Dylan Thomas, the King of Saudi Arabia and George Bernard Shaw, among others, have frequented the Forest Arms in their day.

Northumberland

8. Blackbird Inn+

North Road, Ponteland NE20 9UH
01661 822684
theblackbirdponteland.co.uk

Offering rustic charm, this is a great place to cosy up on a cold winter’s day in front of a roaring fire in the Tudor fireplace. Part of the pub is made up of remains from Ponteland Castle, and it is central to the village. As well as being dog-friendly it offers excellent food and local ales. The legendary Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race starts and finishes at the pub every New Year’s Day too. 

+ Cask Marque accredited

Devon

9. Nobody Inn *+

Doddiscombsleigh, EX6 7PS
nobodyinn.co.uk

A splendid village inn, full of old beams and antique furniture, that dates back to the 15th century, but formally became an inn in 1837. Situated between the Haldon Hills and the Teign Valley, it has a vast inglenook fireplace and a warm welcome is guaranteed. The pub offers local produce, real ales, more than 250 wines and 240 whiskies, as well as accommodation.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

+ Cask Marque accredited

Cambridgeshire

10. Queen’s Head*+

Newton, Cambridge, CB22 7PG
01223 870436
Queen’s Head Facebook

This village local is one of only a handful of pubs to have appeared in every edition of the Good Beer Guide. The cosy lounge has a welcoming fire, which may have warmed the King and Kaiser who reputedly stopped here for a pint in the early 1900s.  Ales are served direct from the cask on a stillage behind the bar and include guest beers from Adnams or a smaller local brewery. 

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

+ Cask Marque accredited

Highland and Western Isles

11. Westford Inn *

Claddach Kirkibost, Isle of North Uist, HS6 5EP
01876 580653
westfordinn.com

Situated on the beautiful island of North Uist, this cosy, traditional pub has a loyal following of locals and visitors alike. Popular with cyclists, walkers and shooting parties, the peat-fuelled stove is always welcome to all. Ales are supplied from the Isle of Skye Brewery.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

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