It's Lit: Pubs With Open Fires
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With the weather well and truly against us, it's time to accept the inevitable: freezing is the new norm and the sooner we accept it the better. Winter has come. Deal with it.
It's not all bad though. With winter comes warm alcoholic beverages, skipping work because of "flu", and huddling round an open fire. If your landlord's not on board with your attempts to un-brick that "decorative chimney", there are still plenty of places you can get in on the fun. Here are some of the best.
This family-run restaurant has got ultimate cosy vibes, with its wooden decor, comfy sofas and background sounds of fire crackling. Add the aroma of a sunday roast lathered in gravy and Bob's yer uncle: a perf wintery pub.
Posh pub with good grub, you could certainly do worse than the Florence. Cosy is the operative word here: there is both a fireplace and a garden to be had. The pub also brews three of their own ales on-site, making this a truly well-rounded drinking hole.
There's a lot that goes hand in hand with an open fire - marshmallows, hot chocolate, and... a Pac Man Machine? It may not be a well known combo, but Lord Morpeth might be onto something here. Snuggle up by the fire, play a game or two, and have a lovely, snug afternoon.
Some local residents just spent two years saving The Chesham Arms from a property developer... this is one loved pub. We can totally see why – a sweet balcony, open fires, a completely re-done interior, and a tidy beer selection.
This British boozer is a great spot to escape the harsh winter winds, with its good ale selection, taxidermy displays, old leather wingbacks, and open fireplace.
If tradition's what you want, tradition's what you'll get at Anglesea Arms. The building dates back to 1712, and apparently Charles Dickens used to be their neighbour. Imagine him huddled up next to their open fire, penning a classic or two - pretty cool if you ask us.
A lovely little boozer located on Hackney’s iconic Murder Mile. Having previously been one of those pubs you avoid at all costs, The Clapton Hart has gone and done a bloody good job at brushing off its shoddy reputation. Now it's a welcoming pub, with warm fireplaces to nestle close to and have a good chinwag with a mate.
A gastropub with a real friendly vibe, it also has a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award (woohoo), an open fire, a range of London Real Ales, British Craft beers and a changing Seasonal Menu of pub grub at decent prices.
Wonky and wonderful is the Jerusalem Tavern. You'll find drunkards and business people alike, all basking in the warmth from the open fire. Swing by on the weekend and tuck into a big ol' roast while you wash down those real ales.
This relaxed, homely venue has a mission to only stock beers and ciders from small, independent UK breweries. The decor is real nice too, no swirly carpets that make you feel drunker than you are, just repurposed church benches, some lovely tileage, and an open fireplace that emanates plenty of heat.