Cosy pubs for winter days
Who doesn't love wrapping up warm, going for a wintery wander and then snuggling up in a cosy pub? Roaring fires, roast dinners and mulled wine galore - here are some of our favourites.
The Bridge Hotel, Chertsey
Serving seasonal British food from brunch to dinner, The Bridge Hotel has you sorted for any time of the day. Overlooking the River Thames and the stunning backdrop of the seventh grade arch Chertsey bridge, we love sitting in the huge conservatory with a craft beer and a delicious roast. Who wouldn’t? Why not turn your visit into an overnight stay with a booking in one of the hotel’s 47 luxury bedrooms.
■ The Bridge Pub & Hotel, Bridge Road, Chertsey, KT16 8JZ. Tel: 01932565644
The Bull Inn, Limpsfield
This super stylish mid century-style gastropub ticks all the cosy vibes boxes. The 400 year old building has a bar separate from the main restaurant, and there are further lounge areas with comfy seating galore. Get comfortable and while away the afternoon working through the ample drinks menu and divulge in the pub’s dedicated dessert and cheese menu.
■ The Bull Inn, High Street, Limpsfield, Surrey, RH8 0DR. Tel: 01883 713 469
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.
■ The Plough Inn, Coldharbour, Surrey, RH5 6HD. Tel: 01306711 793.
The March Hare, Guildford
In the centre of Guildford overlooking Guildford Castle, this French brasserie looks like a traditional urban pub from the outside. 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 March Hare, 2-4 South Hill, Guildford GU1 3SY.
The Retreat, Staines
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. The update has resulted in 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.
■ The Retreat, Staines Road, Staines, TW18 2RT. Tel: 01784 464839.
The Sun Inn, Chobham
This historic pub ticks the boxes for all of your cosy vibes needs, with plenty of cosy nooks and comfy corners with roaring log fires where you can while away the winter. We’re impressed with the extensive list of beers, ales and wines on offer, so it’s the perfect spot for those who like to try something a little different. The menu changes monthly, meaning there’s always something new to try, and you can even nab two courses for £12.95. Yes please!
■ The Sun Inn, High Street, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8AF. Tel: 01276 859 190
The Black Horse, Reigate
Situated in the heart of twee Reigate, The Black Horse is a historic coaching inn serving British pub favourites alongside French brasserie classics. Sit by the fire and peruse the impressive wine list. We’ll take a glass of red! We love the chic decor and how the pub manages to be both cosy and open plan. After, treat yourself to a browse of the breadth of independent shops nearby and wear out the kids and four-legged friends at Priory Park.
■ The Black Horse, 93 West Street, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9JZ. Tel: 01737 230 010
The Cock Inn, Headley
This rustic-meets-modern pub offers locally sourced food and drink in a contemporary, authentic environment. With an open fire and its dog-friendly nature, this one is the perfect pitstop for your wintery Sunday dog walk. We like to settle in the warm with a goblet of gin with a roast dinner on order! Why not head to nearby Headley Heath for a wander afterwards?
■ The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, Epsom, KT18 6LE. Tel: 01372 377258
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
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
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 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