Roaring fires in the winter inside traditional pubs are one of the many things to love about the festive period. So why not treat yourself to a festive tipple at one of Nottinghamshire’s many pubs with open fires? Jessica Sansome lists just a few of them. Call ahead to make sure the place is authentically cosy-warm as we can’t guarantee the logs are burning 24-7!
The Sir John Borlase Warren, Ilkeston Road
In the heart of the community, The Sir Joh Borlase Warren regards itself as a ‘proper pub’ serving up all your favourite tipples from real ale and ciders to whiskies and the classic G&T.
Hand and Heart, Derby Road
Another of Nottingham historical and traditional pubs, sit back with the Hand and Hearts own in-house ale and enjoy the cave restaurant and piano snug.
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, Brewhouse Yard
No list is complete without Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, steeped in Nottingham history, it is regarded as the UK’s oldest inn, dating back to 1189AD.
The Manvers Arms, Radcliffe-on-Trent
Located in the picturesque village of Radcliffe-on-Trent, The Manvers Arms is a good stop to warm up by an open fire after a cold winter walk.
Four Bells Inn, Woodborough
One of only two pubs in Woodborough, the Four Bells Inn is also dog-friendly so it’s the ideal place to warm up after a frosty dog walk.
The Railway Inn, Lowdham
Country charms oozes from The Railway Inn following a major refurbishment this year. Dine next to the roaring open fire in the winter months.
The Butter Cross, Market Place, Bingham
As its name so much suggests, this Wetherspoons pub stands facing the Butter Cross in the centre of Bingham’s Market Place. The traditional exterior is contrasted against the contemporary interior design.
The Griffins Head, Papplewick
The Griffins Head, a rural pub in Papplewick, is thought to be more than 300 years old and its traditional pub feel is thanks to some of its remaining traditional features, including wooden ceilings, exposed beams and not just one, but three open fires.
Royal Oak, Car Colston
The Royal Oak boasts rolling views with 29 acres of village greens and the pub itself is thought to be over 200 hundred years old. You can even treat yourself to a carrot and ginger soup.
The Kitchen at The Cross Keys, Epperstone
A 15-minute drive from Nottingham you’ll find log fires in the cozy and relaxed, The Kitchen at The Cross Keys. Chef and co-manager Des Sweeney has even cooked for the Royal Family in a previous life.