17 pubs to get cosy in
The Bull Inn, Limpsfield
It’s recently re-opened after being bought by a group of local investors and done up – just in time for Christmas. The pub is the hub of this local community, and a buzzing place to stop for a large glass of red on a cold winter’s day. Open fireplaces and lots of nooks and crannies create a wonderful cosy atmosphere. And you’re guaranteed a super warm welcome. It’s open on Christmas eve for lunch only complementary nibbles in the evening, on Christmas day for drinks from 11.30am-1.30pm, Boxing day and New Year’s Day open as usual for drinks from 11.30am with a set menu lunch and closing at 8pm.
■ High Street, Limpsfield , Surrey, RH8 0DR. Tel: 01883 713 469. thebullinnlimpsfield.com
The Merry Harriers, Hambledon
This pretty 16th century inn is cute and cosy and the perfect spot to cosy up with a glass of red or a pint of ale in front of the fire. There’s an interesting selection of local real ales, wines from Surrey vineyards and the Merry Harriers’ own Garden Cider home-pressed from Hambledon apples. And you can say hi to the llamas at the llama trekking centre which is also part of the business.
■ The Merry Harriers, Hambledon Road, Godalming, Surrey GU8 4DR. Tel: 01428 682883. merryharriers.com
The Hatch, Redhill
A relaxed traditional pub nestled between Reigate and Redhill it could be the perfect spot after a brisk romp around Priory Park in Reigate. The pub offers freshly cooked traditional pub food, or if you’re stopping off for a drink there’s a great selection of beer and a brilliant wine list. Dogs are welcome. And so are kids.
■ The Hatch Public House, 44 Hatchlands Road, Redhill, RH1 6AT. Tel: 01737 42 33 42. thehatch.pub
The Mulberry Inn, Chiddingfold
This family and dog-friendly pub, just on the outskirts of Chiddingfold is as cosy as they come with a massive inglenook fireplace in the bar. Plus, you’re in the perfect place for a Boxing Day or New Year’s Day romp on the South Downs National Park. If you want to sleep over, book into one of the three boutique rooms. Read our full review here.
■ The Mulberry Inn, Petworth Road Chiddingfold GU8 4SS. Tel: 01428 644460. themulberryinn.co.uk
The Cock Inn, Headley
This traditional country pub is full of character and charm offering fresh seasonal food and a great drinks menu. It’s just a couple of hundred metres from Headley Heath where you’ll find plenty of walking tracks, so the perfect pub to end up after a bracing walk. If you’re lucky you’ll snavel a spot in one of the arm chairs by the open fires. It’s super family friendly, and dogs are welcome.
■ The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, Epsom KT18 6LE. cockinnheadley.co.uk
The Sun Inn, Chobham
This stylish French brasserie within an historic pub with plenty of cosy nooks and comfy corners with roaring log fires to while away a winter’s day. Food is French inspired, and there’s a good range of guest ales on offer. Horsell Common is not far, if you fancied working up an appetite with a walk first.
■ The Sun Inn, High Street Chobham, Surrey GU24 8AF. suninnchobham.com
Take a meander across Downside Common from The Cricketers in Cobham. While you’re in the area, the gardens at Painshill are worth a look with their gorgeous grotto and follies. If you’re rather be on horseback, there are plenty of stables in the area, and The Cricketers welcomes horses offering water and treats. Dogs too are welcome. Foodwise, you’ll get top-quality French influenced grub, and there’s a good selection of wine and beers.
■ The Cricketers, Downside Common, Downside, Cobham, KT11 3NX. cricketerscobham.com
Stephan Langton, Abinger Common
Surrounded by ancient woodland, just a short walk from Leith Hill and a stone’s throw from the tranquil Hammer Pond at Friday Street, the Stephan Langton is in a stunningly beautiful and tranquil spot. There a are dozens of bridle tracks and cycle tracks in the surrounding woodland. You’ll find local ales and fine wine, and a menu with a strong focus on fresh seasonal produce. Dogs are allowed in the bar and snug area.
■ The Stephan Langton, Friday Street, Abinger Common, Dorking, RH5 6JR. stephanlangton.pub
The Retreat, Staines-upon-Thames
The Retreat is stylish gastropub with a versatile menu – so it’s brilliant if you want to take the whole family or a big group of fussy eaters. There’s a striking mix of old and new, quirky and contemporary. It’s a substantial pub, mostly open plan, with zoned dining spaces that create cosy nooks. The centre piece is this stunning fireplace in the centre. It’s very much a local vibe in here – not pretentious, definitely friendly and also welcoming to kids. It’s not far from the Thames, so you might like to take a stroll along the river before cosying in. Read our full review here.
■ The Retreat, Staines Road, Staines, TW18 2RT. Tel: 01784 464839. theretreatstaines.co.uk
The Fox and Hounds, Englefield Green
A country pub right by the Bishopsgate entrance of Windsor Great Park, The Fox and Hounds is perfectly positioned for a post-winter walk lunch or tipple. It’s a cosy and unpretentious pub, with a warm and earthy vibe. There’s a relaxed bar at the front – where dogs are welcome – with tables nestled in the bay windows, and nooks and crannies with comfy armchairs. The food is fab, so whether it’s for lunch, dinner or just a drink you won’t go wrong. Read our full review here.
■ The Fox and Hound Restaurant and Bar, Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green, TW20 0XU. thefoxandhoundsrestaurant.com
The Stag on the River, Lower Eashing
A bit of a hidden gem tucked away down pretty country lanes and across a medieval bridge spanning the River Wey, The Stag is in the quaint village of Lower Eashing. It’s a pretty red-brick 18th-century riverside pub overlooking the Wey. There’s a distinct and relaxed feel to the place – and dog’s are welcome. But the best bit, it’s just a two minute walk upstairs to bed, if you want to make a night or weekend of it. Read our full review here.
■ The Stag on the River, Lower Eashing Lane, Eashing, GU7 2QG stagontherivereashing.co.uk
The March Hare, Guildford
In the centre of Guildford overlooking Guildford Castle, from the outside, this French brasserie looks like a traditional urban pub. But beyond the charming bar area, it’s a chic restaurant with its polished dark timber flooring and stylish colour palette of cool blues and greys, with nooks of deep aubergine. The food stays close to its French influences, and includes the traditional French classics as well as British favourites. The perfect place to refuel if you’re hitting the Boxing Day sales. Read our full review here.
■ The March Hare, 2-4 South Hill, Guildford GU1 3SY. marchhareguildford.com
The Running Horses, Mickleham
This is a traditional country inn oozing history and charm, in the small village of Mickleham, at the foot of Box Hill, between Dorking and Leatherhead. It’s a favourite among locals and day-trippers from further afield. Exposed beams, timber wall panelling, warm parquet flooring and tartan carpets, plus a log fire, make this a cosy and relaxed place to spend an afternoon. Try for a table by the fire, or book one of these cosy booths. The food is great too; quality traditional rustic fare made from locally sourced produce as much as possible. There are also boutique rooms if you want to make a night of it. Read our full review here.
■ The Running Horses, Old London Road, Mickleham, near Dorking, RH5 6DU. therunninghorses.co.uk
The Plough Inn, Coldharbour
This traditional English country inn has a warm, buzzy vibe, and with the log fire (see if you can’t nab one of those Queen Anne Chesterfields by the log burner) and bright decor, it’s just the place to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon. Leith Hill is not far, so you could work up an appetite with a wander up there first. The food is excellent, and – as there’s also a microbrewery on site – there’s a selection of real ales, as well as craft beers, plus wines and spirits. You can also stay the night in one of six stylish and comfy boutique bedrooms. Read our full review here.
■ The Plough Inn, Coldharbour, nr Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6HD. Tel: 01306711 793. ploughinn.com
The Percy Arms, Chilworth
A good friend of mine has been raving about the Percy Arms for some time, and as she is the epitome of elegance and good taste, you can be sure this will be a superb place to cosy up. The food is modern British with a South African twist – think wild boar terrine and juicy ribs. The South African theme spills over to the decor, with authentic artefacts in abundance to help create the style of a colonial hunting lodge. Oversized cushions, animals skin rugs, comfy chairs and cosy fireplaces make this a lovely place to relax.
■ The Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Rd, Chilworth, Guildford GU4 8NP. thepercyarms.net
The White Horse, Hascombe
Top quality nosh, an extensive wine list and a great selection of ales – just add a crackling fire and you can’t go wrong. The White Horse at Hascombe wasn’t the winner of the Best Pub in the 2018 Muddy Awards for nothing. There’s no cosier pub on a grim winter’s day! And with plenty of nearby walks it’s perfectly placed to walk off some of the excesses of the Christmas season before you cosy up.
■ The White Horse, The Street, Hascombe, Surrey, GU8 4JA. whitehorsepub.net
The Sands at Bleak House, Woking
Discover the area made famous by the author HG Wells in his sci-fi novel War of the Worlds. Horsell Common has several marked walks of various lengths and difficulty levels. Find them here. And after you’ve worked up an appetite, cosy up at the Sands for good food. Read our full review here.
■ Sand at Bleak House, Chertsey Road, Woking GU21 5NL. sandsatbleakhouse.co.uk