Cosy Pub Weekends Away

As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, cosy country pubs appeal to me more than ever. The thought of sitting in a comfy chair by an open fire with a glass of red and some good hearty pub food is what wintry days are all about. What is better than nestling in for the evening, meeting people, telling tales, and making memories over food and a glass of something?

Whether it is a weekend away, or you are simply looking for somewhere to spend the afternoon and watch the day go by, I have put together some of my favourite cosy pubs dotted around the country.


The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex

Situated in the quaint village and civil parish of Ticehurst, The Bell is the perfect place to take shelter on a cold autumnal day. The charming 16th century country inn has a warm and inviting bar area and restaurant, complete with low beam ceilings, exposed brick walls and an open fire. The Bell has seven quirky bedrooms and four stunning rustic lodges. This wonderful pub is a truly unique place to stay and is the perfect base from which to explore the gems of the South East – Hastings, Tunbridge Wells and Rye.

Devonshire Arms at Beeley, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Situated on the majestic Chatsworth Estate, this glorious country pub is known for its cosy interiors, fine cuisine and idyllic setting. The Devonshire Arms has 18 boutique-style bedrooms that combine traditional comforts with a contemporary twist. After a day of exploring the Peak District National Park, sit back with a local craft ale, a glass of fine wine, or choose from their range of over 20 gins.

The Crown and Thistle, Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The Crown and Thistle is a beautifully restored Grade II listed pub with rooms, situated in the historic market town of Abingdon-on-Thames. Whilst this pub has maintained many of the building’s original features, The Crown and Thistle has the look and feel of a modern gastro pub, with its extensive bar area, elegant function rooms and 18 boutique-style bedrooms. On a cold and dreary day, enjoy Mediterranean inspired dishes whilst sat next to the log fire in this wonderful boutique pub.

The Pig & Whistle, Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Set in 36 acres of parkland just outside Grimsby, The Pig & Whistle is an award-winning pub and hotel, which offers stylish accommodation and superb food. The dog friendly pub serves a delicious menu packed full of locally sourced ingredients foraged from the grounds of The Healing Manor Hotel and locally from the fields of Lincolnshire, and waters of Grimsby. Guests can choose to stay in the main manor house, the converted stables, the lakeside barn rooms or one of the rooms in the converted boathouse.

The Frogmill, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Nestled in the Gloucestershire countryside and only seven miles from Cheltenham, The Frogmill is situated in the beautiful Cotswolds. As you walk inside this cosy pub, you are greeted with a welcoming ambience and home from home interiors. The Frogmill is a 16th century, Grade II listed pub that has retained many of its original features, including fireplaces, exposed beams and flagstone floors. If you are looking to explore the local Gloucestershire Cotswolds’ towns and villages, The Frogmill is the perfect country retreat.

The Woolly Sheep, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Set in the market town of Skipton, The Woolly Sheep is a charming, dog-friendly pub, complete with an open fire, cosy interiors and excellent pub grub! The traditional inn offers a mouth-watering menu of homecooked favourites, complete with a modern twist. The Woolly Sheep has 12 stylish en-suite bedrooms and provides the perfect base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the historic Skipton Castle.

The Pheasant, Highclere, Hampshire

The Pheasant is a traditional 17th century pub located on the Hampshire and Berkshire border. Surrounded by idyllic countryside, this dog-friendly pub features inviting wood burning fireplaces, stylish decor and eight beautifully decorated, cottage style bedrooms. Head chef and landlord Ryan, is passionate about British produce and draws inspiration for his menus from his commitment to sourcing top-quality local ingredients. So you can expect delicious wholesome meals when visiting the Pheasant!

The Royal Oak, Keswick, Cumbria

Situated in Keswick, a market town in the Lake District National Park, The Royal Oak is a charming 18th century coaching inn. The traditional English pub is characterized by wooden beams, open fires, and delicious home cooked food. After a day of exploring the National Park, retire to one of the pub’s 19 beautiful cottage-themed bedrooms.


Written by Melanie Phipps

PR & Marketing Manager at Stay in a Pub