Our Pubs Featured in The Times 27 Cosiest Pubs for Autumn
Cosy | Country Pubs | Countryside | Dog Friendly | Pub | Pub Accommodation | Uk Pubs | Uncategorized | Posted 2023.11.15
The Times Article on Britain’s Cosiest Pubs
We were delighted to see that many of our pubs were included in The Times’ most recent article, 27 of Britain’s Cosiest Pubs for Autumn – eat, drink, stay the night. The article features some of the country’s most charming pubs and explains what makes them so special during this time of year. From their great locations, to their delicious food and thoughtfully designed interiors, these pubs have mastered the art of creating a snug and welcoming atmosphere.
In this blog, we’re excited to take a closer look at the pubs featured on The Times’ cosiest pubs list, uncovering what makes them the perfect retreat for a winter getaway.
The Farmers Arms is a beautiful pub located in the quaint village of Woolsery, Devon. The gastropub was the initial inspiration for the project which has become “The Collective at Woolsery” and includes a fish & chip shop, traditional corner shop and post office, and a 150-acre farm providing produce for the locals. The Collective at Woolsery has a beautiful collection of pub bedrooms, suites, and cottages. With ancient doorways, cosy corners, open log fires, lenticular artwork, and a light-filled formal dining room, this pub is a superb retreat.
This historic pub sits in the picture postcard village of Hindon and has bundles of character and charm. Inside you can find 18 beautifully designed bedrooms. Downstairs, the pub has a welcoming feel to it, with three open fires, a palette of rich colours on the walls and classic parquet flooring.
Hindon is surrounded by picturesque walking and cycling routes, with Longleat Safari Park and Stonehenge just a short drive away.
Kick back and put your feet up in one of Berkshire’s cosiest pubs. The Pheasant is a relaxed, cosy and inviting dog-friendly pub that borders on the village of Shefford Woodlands and overlooking Berkshire’s famed “Valley of the Racecourse”. Situated amidst the scenic beauty of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s an ideal spot for enjoying the great outdoors during the autumn season. The Pheasant has 14 country cottage style bedrooms, each thoughtfully designed to incorporate elements of the surrounding area’s rich heritage.
Situated in Norfolk, The Wiveton Bell is an award-winning foodie pub just a mile from the unspoilt coastal village of Blakeney and is a short drive from the bustling market town of Holt. The pub has six boutique bedrooms which overlook the village green, which also include great options for dog-friendly stays. Inside, you’ll find chic interiors, earthy Farrow & Ball hues, stripped beams, chunky tables, and oak floors. During the chilly winter months, a roaring fire graces the inglenook, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere.
The George and Heart House is a beautifully restored inn, found in the heart of the Old Town of Margate. This cosy pub has a choice of bedrooms, each with access to their private Stables courtyard garden. The George and Heart pub has been stylishly designed and is adorned by stained glass windows, an open fireplace, and hanging Kentish hops.
Nestled in the Stannary town of Tavistock, at the foothills of Dartmoor, The Cornish Arms stands out as an acclaimed gastropub. Inside you can discover cosy bedrooms, each boasting individuality and uniqueness, adorned with quirky vintage furnishings, chic fabrics, and vibrant colours. This charming pub goes the extra mile by offering a dedicated vegan menu and a children’s menu, ensuring a delightful dining experience for all. Meals are served in the main restaurant area, the bar, and the covered beer garden, complete with heaters for those cooler evenings.
Situated in the picturesque town of Tavistock, which is part of the West Devon and East Cornwall UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Cornish Arms becomes a gateway to exploration. The town itself boasts a plethora of intriguing independent shops and a variety of places to eat and drink.
The Bear, a former coaching inn dating back to the 16th century, is nestled in the historic village of Hodnet, located six miles from the town of Market Drayton. Step inside this cosy pub, and you’ll discover 12 uniquely designed bedrooms, each exuding a wealth of cosy character and folk-inspired interiors. The Bear extends a warm welcome to everyone, including your furry friends. Each of the 12 individually designed bedrooms boast original artwork and warm woollen blankets, ensuring a comfortable and stylish stay.
Bowland Bridge, Cumbria
Not only has this pub featured in the Times 27 cosiest pubs in Britain, but this pub was also the winner of Best Small Hotel in the ‘Best Places to Stay in Britain 2023‘ by the Times & Sunday Times. The Hare & Hounds Inn, a country pub, is situated in the picturesque hamlet of Bowland Bridge, just three miles from Lake Windermere. The pub serves delicious modern dishes, alongside traditional pub classics. Inside the pub are four tranquil en-suite bedrooms, each delightfully decorated with comfy beds and antique furnishings.
Nestled amongst the peaceful surroundings of Cartmel Fell, this gorgeous 17th century pub is the ideal base from which to explore Windermere, Bowness and Kendal.
With an oak-beamed bar, crackling log fires, flagstone floors and beamed ceilings, this pub is a Derbyshire retreat. Dating back to 1597, The Barrel Inn stands proudly as the highest pub in Derbyshire, at the head of Bretton Clough, in the heart of the Peak District. This cosy pub has five comfortable en-suite bedrooms and serves a fine selection of well-kept real ales and delicious pub food.
From this cosy haven, you can soak in the panoramic views of the stunning Hope Valley and the vastness of the Peak District National Park. The Barrel Inn serves as the perfect starting point for those eager to explore the awe-inspiring scenery that unfolds just beyond its doors.
The Angel Inn is a charming country pub with a history spanning over 500 years. This pub is nestled in the heart of the picturesque Suffolk countryside and the Dedham Vale. The pub’s culinary approach revolves around innovation and invention. At The Angel Inn you can Indulge in the luxury of their 11 beautifully adorned bedrooms, each uniquely designed with opulent bed linens, original artwork, and modern amenities. Whether situated within the inn or the adjacent Stables annexe, each room provides a delightful retreat just steps away from the garden.
Surrounded by ancient woodlands, river meadows and quaint villages, this pub is a gateway to tranquillity and charm. Also, two championship golf courses are conveniently located nearby.
St Tudy, Cornwall
This delightful pub is situated in the beautiful inland village of St Tudy. The St Tudy Inn has a warm and inviting atmosphere, the inn comes alive, especially during winter when the fire crackles, inviting you to nestle into its cosy corners. The pub offers four elegant bedrooms, one of which is dog-friendly, and are housed in a renovated barn, adjacent to the inn. Each bedroom features a king-size bed and a separate en-suite bathroom.
A myriad of local walks awaits just outside the doorstep, and for those craving adventure, you can grab a bike and cycle along the scenic Camel Trail or venture to the coast, where beautiful beaches await to fill your day with relaxation.
Withyham, East Sussex
Nestled in the scenic Sussex Weald, The Dorset Arms is a welcoming, dog-friendly village pub steeped in history as part of the Buckhurst Estate. Dating back to 1595 and transformed into a pub in 1735, it takes its name from the Earls and Dukes of Dorset. The pub features a restaurant, a snug bar panoramic gardens and 9 cosy bedrooms.
The pub has country gardens, which are the perfect spot to socialise, take in the views, and enjoy your favourite drink in the sunshine. Additionally, the pub’s Garden Room, with a retractable roof, is available for everyday dining and private functions.
Located in the picturesque village of Withyham, north of Crowborough and between Groombridge and Hartfield, this charming country pub is perched on the edge of Ashdown Forest, a brief drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Shibden, West Yorkshire
The Shibden Mill is a 17th century country inn, nestled in the fold of the panoramic Shibden Valley. The pub was originally a corn and spinning mill and now it is a warm and cosy pub. The Shibden Mill has a bar decorated with ancient beams, thick stone walls and open fires. As well as, inside the pub you can find 11 individually styled bedrooms, each one epitomising boutique country chic.
The Shibden Mill has also won numerous accolades including The Good Pub Guide’s “County Dining Pub of the Year”.
Situated in the breathtaking Calderdale Valley, with Halifax in close proximity and Leeds just a 30-minute drive away, this picture-perfect pub offers a gateway to exploration. Walkers and cyclists will revel in the enchanting trails right at the doorstep of this idyllic retreat.
The High Corner Inn is a 17th century cosy country pub, situated in the New Forest a short journey from the market town of Ringwood. Inside the pub has rustic charm, cosy corners and an open crackling fireplace. The pub offer seven comfortable en-suite bedrooms.
The High Corner Inn is the perfect base from which to explore the panoramic countryside including Beaulieu, Paultons Park, and Moors Valley Country Park & Forest.
Nestled in the village of Allanton, this 18th-century coaching inn provides a cosy retreat for you and your family. Inside the pub you can find seven en-suite bedrooms where modern amenities seamlessly blend with traditional décor.
Conveniently positioned just over the English border, between Duns and Berwick-upon-Tweed, this inn serves as an ideal stopover for guests eager to explore the Scottish Borders or Northumberland. Embark on local adventures with the nearby Blackadder Loop and Whiteadder Walk, both popular walking trails. For golf enthusiasts, parkland courses at Coldstream (The Hirsel) and Duns are a short drive away, while Eyemouth Golf Course, offering stunning North Sea views, is a mere 15-minute drive from the pub.
Brown’s Hotel, located in Laugharne, was built in 1752 and was a favourite pub of the famous poet and writer Dylan Thomas. This cosy pub was refurbished in 2020 and has remained a popular choice for those seeking pub stays. This pub has been highlighted in many reputable publications including The Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Tatler, and The New York Times.
Offering a variety of en-suite bedrooms, including single, double, superior double, luxurious suites, and dog-friendly rooms, Brown’s ensures a diverse range of options. Additionally, each of these room are unique and has plenty of character.
Nestled on the estuary of the River Taf on the south coast of Carmarthenshire, Laugharne is surrounded by beautiful countryside and features several panoramic walking trails. This historic coastal town boasts a majestic castle, a deli, a café, and excellent eateries, making it a charming destination for exploration.
This Cotswold gem is a dog-friendly gastro pub found in Northleach. Boasting open fires, snug seating, and an award-winning restaurant, The Sherborne Arms is a must-visit for those in search of a truly cosy pub experience.
Featuring three beautifully renovated en-suite bedrooms, each adorned with romantic roll-top baths, these spaces seamlessly preserve the historical character of the pub.
Conveniently located near Cirencester and Cheltenham, Northleach is situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, just off the Roman road, the Fosse Way. Nearby are independent shops and a church.
Nestled in the small village of Kippen, at the heart of the stunning Trossachs, The Cross Keys stands as an award-winning, dog-friendly gastropub. The pub offers three comfortable double or twin en-suite bedrooms. Catering to serious foodies and cask ale enthusiasts alike, the pub features a selection of ales crafted at the nearby Fallen of Kippen brewery. Anticipate delightful meals, crackling log fires, and warm hospitality throughout your visit.
Located just ten miles from Stirling, The Cross Keys is a stone’s throw from the iconic Stirling Castle, surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of countryside, lochs, and hills. For outdoor enthusiasts, the pub serves as an ideal base for exploration, with scenic walks across Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park awaiting a short journey away.
Bushmills, County Antrim
Once a coaching inn in the 1600s, this boutique hotel and pub is deeply rooted in Irish history and provides a variety of cosy corners for those seeking relaxation. The pub is nestled against the enchanting backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
This pub offers a sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance, narrating a rich history and heritage within the original 17th-century stables and wine cellar. The setting is complemented by intimate snugs featuring whitewashed walls and warm, mellow brick timbers.
Written by Issy Matthews
Social Media Intern