Snug and Sociable Winter Pubs – Recommended by citysocializer

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Is it just us or has it been a bit on the chilly side just recently? Yes, there’s definitely been a distinct nip in the air. It makes us want to don thermal underwear, pull on a woolly hat and mittens and go somewhere cosy where we can drink mulled wine and eat pies and puddings to our hearts content by a fire.

With this in mind we have been scouting around for some great recommendations on cosy pubs to hole up in this winter, against the biting wind. With so many great pubs in every corner of the UK it’s been tough to choose, but here are just a few great choices in a few of our great cities and a couple that are slightly more remote. Why not host a Social of your own some time soon at one of these lovely cosy boozers?


  • The King’s Head, Crouch End – Hole up in here to watch some great comedy while scoffing from their delicious brunch or Sunday lunch menu and sipping on cider or ale.
  •  Jerusalem Tavern – This pub has been around since the 14th century and the current building dates from 1720. Apparently it is ‘one of the finest pubs in London’ – sounds good to us!
  • The Hemingway, Hackney – A Hackney favourite this is the place to find home-made Scotch Eggs and hand cut chips and Sunday roasts served from 12pm until 9pm!
  • The East Hill – Want to feel like you’re spending a long weekend at the country estate? This is the pub for you, complete with Chesterfields and ‘The best pub quiz in Wandsworth’.


  •  The Lion and Lobster – Brighton’s cosiest, most popular pub by far. Plenty of nooks and crannies to hibernate in while enjoying good food and pint or five.
  •  The Wick Inn – Very green on the inside, but cosy and has a Thai kitchen – great if you fancy something a bit different.


  •  The Sheep Heid – Scotland’s oldest surviving pub has been quenching our thirst since 1360. Feeding and watering people for more that six centuries! They must be good at it then


  • North Bar – This pub boasts ‘the finest selection of beers in the North of England’ – quite a claim! But since they are winner of the Observer Food Monthly ‘Best place to drink in the UK’ and are a regular haunt of the great Sue Pollard, we’ll take their word for it.

Out in the sticks

  • The Mason’s Arms -  The perfect destination if you fancy a ‘delightful weekend in the country’ Withnail and I style. The pub is located in Branscombe and they roast a giant joint over the inglenook fireplace every weekend!
  • The Inn at Whitewell - Enjoy a warm Lancashire welcome in an old fashioned rural inn near Clithoe. The pub is in a beautiful setting where you can enjoy hunting, fishing and shooting (well…walking) and even go fly a kite!

Images Courtesy of; The Kings Head,  The Lion and Lobster and The Wick Inn

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Lucy Cullen

Communications Manager, Gin Lover and Chief Blogger for citysocializer. Mainly blogging about the best ways to meet new people, discover your city and make the most of your free time.

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