10 of the top pubs with rooms for Christmas

The festive season has a habit of taking on almost magical expectation, providing the warmth, joy and sensory splendour that we can all take comfort in during the winter months – perhaps more so this year. With food taking centre stage, and the greetings card bliss of a log fire all being part of the…

The festive season has a habit of taking on almost magical expectation, providing the warmth, joy and sensory splendour that we can all take comfort in during the winter months – perhaps more so this year. With food taking centre stage, and the greetings card bliss of a log fire all being part of the charm, few things beat an excellent pub for enjoying the comforts of a homely environment and the luxury of sitting back and letting someone else take care of making it all happen. With that in mind, here are 10 of the Good Hotel Guide’s top pubs with rooms for Christmas

Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey

This 18th century inn, in a small village in Cumbria, is the epitome of a country pub. It’s complete with a log-burning stove, comfy sofas, old photos on the walls and garlands on the tables. Meanwhile, they’re perfectly equipped for the festive season. From sumptuous breakfasts to five-course Christmas Day lunches, the holidays at Cuckoo Brow inn are a treat.


The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe

Visit the White Horse, Brancaster Staithe for a truly wonderful festive treat this winter, on a spectacular part of a natural coastline. Surrounded by north Norfolk marshland, it has an award-winning restaurant, and 15 rooms to roll to after a day of eating and drinking superb food created from local ingredients.


The Carpenters Arms, Thirsk

An impressive pub with rooms in a Domesday village near Thirsk, Christmas at The Carpenters Arms is about chilly walks followed by warming feasts. There are rooms in the original building as well as more in a building around the kitchen garden, all decadently laid out with sofas, drying facilities should you get caught in the rain, and gas flame fires to keep things toasty.


The Swan, Bibury

The Swan at Bibury pulls out all the stops at Christmas time, for a Cotswold Christmas full of fabulous festivities, food and fizz. This 16th century inn on the banks of the River Coln is charmingly decorated. It’s stylish but also welcoming, while food is celebrated for its quality. From the antler chandeliers to cosy armchairs in front of log fires, it’s a wonderful place to spend the holidays.


The Lamb Inn, Burford

On a quiet street in this market town, The Lamb Inn is cosy and sumptuous. A former 15th century weaver’s cottage, details include a log fire and grandfather clock. Meanwhile, a country walk sets you up for a hearty meal as well as space to relax and unwind with friends and family in the afternoon. Christmas is all about food and fizz – think homemade scones, mulled wine, mince pies and midnight mass on Christmas Eve; a Bucks Fizz breakfast and traditional lunch on Christmas Day and plenty of time to unwind with yet more food and drink on Boxing Day.


The Howard Arms, Stratford-upon-Avon

This 400-year-old Cotswolds pub, restaurant and bed and breakfast is well known for its combination of history and modern luxuries. Contemporary furnishings sit alongside antiques, while spa-style toiletries in the rooms are accompanied with trays of gingerbread and coffee. For Christmas it’s all about bringing together this historic property with superb food and drink. The carefully considered menu offers favourites with a twist – think Jerusalem artichoke tarte tatin, free-range turkey with apricot stuffing and Chocolate and cherry tart with cherry ice cream.


Bank House, King’s Lynn

A Grade II Georgian town house hotel, set on the quayside, in the heart of the historic King’s Lynn, Bank House is an elegant place to spend the festive season. Decadent enough to make you feel truly spoiled, at Christmas this is a place for seasonal parties and afternoon teas, as well as intimate dinners for two.


The White Swan, Pickering

This elegant five-star hotel in a 16th century inn, The White Swan is all historic features and character thanks to its many original details that have been left intact. Meanwhile, the restaurant is well known for its dedication to homemade fare. Food is very much the main act at Christmas: spiced mulled wine, mince pies, gingerbread and classic Christmas cake will all be waiting for you on Christmas Eve, as well as home comforts such as roaring fires and classic movies. Meanwhile, Christmas Day is a festive feast including turkey with all the trimmings and the ultimate homemade Christmas pudding with brandy butter and rum sauce.


Bayards Cove Inn, Dartmouth

A delightful medieval hotel, cafe, bar and restaurant in the heart of the seaside town of Dartmouth, Bayards Cove Inn is right in the hub of Dartmouth, which is particularly splendid and otherworldly at Christmas. Low beams and a distinct sense of times gone by are all part of what makes it such a special place for the season. They have prepared a menu oozing with flavour for the occasion, from local turkey ballotine to vegan options, and all finished off with Dartmouth ice cream and locally roasted espresso coffee.


The Bell at Hampton Poyle, Kidlington

An intimate, nine-bedroom hotel, The Bell at Hampton Poyle is a boutique hotel, pub and restaurant formed of a historic inn that still retains original features such as the flagstone floors and oak beams. It’s an idyllic environment in which to enjoy the holidays without having to do any of the work. A log fire, mulled wine, mince pies, a rich, mouth-watering menu and lots and lots of Christmas songs.