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6 GREAT PUBS NEAR WINTER ATTRACTIONS

Now that Christmas is almost here, there are plenty of exciting wintery attractions popping up all over the country. From ice skating outside the Royal Pavilion in Brighton to exploring Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, there’s something for everyone. These pubs are perfect to visit after you’ve spent the day perusing Christmas Markets, enjoying stunning… View Article

Now that Christmas is almost here, there are plenty of exciting wintery attractions popping up all over the country. From ice skating outside the Royal Pavilion in Brighton to exploring Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, there’s something for everyone. These pubs are perfect to visit after you’ve spent the day perusing Christmas Markets, enjoying stunning Christmas light displays, or just generally enjoying the festive season. Escape from the cold, warm up your hands, and enjoy a pint (or two!). Here’s a list of the best pubs to visit when enjoying the Christmas attractions.

 

If you’re visiting Winter Wonderland try…
Grenadier

Only a 4-minute walk from Hyde Park Corner, The Grenadier was originally built in 1720 and is a pub with plenty of character and history. It is supposedly haunted by Cedric, a soldier who was beaten to death after he cheated at a game of cards. If you want, you can add to the collection of money stuck to the pub ceiling – to appease Cedric and to help him pay off his debts. Despite its grisly past, the pub’s location in Belgravia means that it is has been visited by likes of Madonna and the Duke of Wellington! Although a little difficult to find, you can expect to be rewarded with delicious pub food and a good selection of ales, and the pub welcomes dogs and children over 8. Perch on the stools and enjoy the military-themed decoration, as well as an unusual pewter-topped bar counter.

Central London, SW1X 7NR

If you’re visiting the Natural History Museum ice rink try…
Hereford Arms

Once you’ve exhausted yourself on the ice rink, head to the Hereford Arms. This pub offers classics such as onion rings, fish and chips, and sticky toffee pudding, as well as more exciting dishes like squash arancini and confit duck leg. There are five ales available on tap (including seasonal and guest ales), but if that’s not your thing, they also have a selection of wine, whisky, and other spirits. Once you’re suitably warmed up, enjoy free the wi-fi and the cosy interior, featuring chequered floor tiles and an entire wall plastered with vintage film posters. The Hereford Arms also offers blackboard specials and disabled access, and children are welcome.

West London, SW7 4TE

If you’re enjoying the lights at Kew Gardens try…
Mitre

The Mitre is a newly refurbished pub in Richmond, only a short walk from Kew Gardens. The pub offers a wide variety of IPAs, stouts, and ciders, as well as simple pub food like toasties. Originally Victorian, the pub has wooden floorboards and beautiful leaded windows that feature stained glass. If that’s not enough to tempt you, the pub also has its own dog, with others welcome! Pop in to enjoy friendly service, a relaxed atmosphere, and music nights.

Richmond, London

If you’re ice skating at the Royal Pavilion try…
Basketmakers Arms

After enjoying the festive delights of Brighton, why not visit The Basketmakers Arms? The pub was once awarded “Best Value Pub Food in the UK” by the Good Pub Guide, and still offers delicious food (that is made using local produce where possible) at great value for money. The quirky interior features walls decorated with vintage signs, boxes, photographs, and posters. But this pub is more than just a pretty face and also has a selection of wine, spirits, craft lager, 8 cask beers, and over 100 malt whiskies. This pub offers friendly and welcoming service, a covered smoking area, and wheelchair access.

Brighton, Sussex

If you’re visiting Frankfurt Christmas Market try…
Old Stock Joint

At the Frankfurt Christmas Market you can find doughnuts, chocolate gifts, coffee, sausages, and beautifully crafted decorations, but if you don’t want to stand out in the cold to enjoy your pint, pay a visit to the Old Stock Joint. The stunning exterior is matched by the interior, where you can marvel at the breath-taking cupola, chandeliers, mezzanine, and beautifully decorated walls and ceiling. Don’t feel like you’re missing out on the German beer, because this pub has cask ale, craft lager, cider, spirits, artisan soft drinks, and wine. If the selection of drinks wasn’t enough, the pub also offers an extensive menu including dishes such as buffalo chicken wings, three bird pie, and white chocolate panna cotta. Offering good service, plenty of space, and a 100 seat theatre, this pub is definitely worth checking out!

Birmingham, Warwickshire

If you’re visiting Chatsworth House try…
Wheatsheaf

This winter, you can roam the halls of Chatsworth House and discover fairy-tale scenes from stories such as Snow White, Cinderella or even Charlotte’s Web. Afterwards, pay a visit to the conveniently located Wheatsheaf, which was formerly a coaching house. It’s also a hotel and offers free wi-fi and parking, with children and dogs welcome. The menu combines exciting and imaginative food with more traditional pub grub, meaning that there’s something for everyone – whether you prefer a pear, caramel and whisky pudding, or an ice cream sundae! As an added bonus, all their food is ethically produced and sourced, with a seasonal menu that changes throughout the year. Escape from the winter chill to the cosy interior with friendly staff and a good selection of real ales, guest beers, wines, and spirits.

Baslow, Bakewell, Derbyshire

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