With an average winter temperature of approximately freezing, it’s no surprise that Denmark has refined cosiness to an artform. Hygge is a Danish concept with no direct English translation, but it embodies a quality of warmth, comfort and contentment. Which sounds exactly like a quaint British pub where you can find great beer and good company in equal measure. Take a break from your painstaking retail planning this festive season, with the Jurys Inn’s list of the cosiest pubs in UK cities.
The Crown Liquor Saloon
Just a 2-minute walk from Jurys Inn Belfast
Step back in time for some quality pub food in a beautifully preserved Victorian building. The Crown Liquor Saloon started life as a gin palace, and its history is still evident in the ornate booths and ceramic flooring that decorate its interior. It’s so ornate in fact, that this pub is owned by the National Trust. That lofty character doesn’t take away from the homely and sincere nature of this taproom though, it only improves the flavour of the signature Irish stew, the ham and eggs with champ and their assortment of wholesome pies. Of course, they also serve a marvellous selection of beer and ale.
The Exeter Arms
Just a 1-minute drive from Jurys Inn Derby
Probably the best traditional pub in Derby, The Exeter Arms is a charming alehouse that ticks every box. Cosy, dim-lit rooms, a roaring fire, award-winning pub food, cask ales, and a wine list to please everyone. You can also explore the visual history of the building, with exposed brick chambers that look and feel as if they’ve been untouched for centuries.
The Oxford Bar
Just an 11-minute drive from Jurys Inn Edinburgh
Fictional Inspector Rebus of Ian Rankin’s novels haunts the soulfully simple alehouse that is The Oxford Bar, as does Ian Rankin himself. There’s very little pomp and ceremony about ‘the Ox’, just a range of thirst-quenching ales and a fireplace in the back. That is the essence of its charm. A welcoming simplicity that’s worth walking across Edinburgh for – conveniently, if you’re in Edinburgh checking out the Christmas markets this festive season, it’s just around the corner.
The Cross Keys
Just a 5-minute drive from Jurys Inn Leeds
Excellent in every way, The Cross Keys is the sort of snug pub that you rarely find in a city centre. Private alcoves and working fires fill this traditional landmark in the middle of Leeds, with a stunning upper function room that’s the perfect location for any Christmas party. Their beer and wine list leaves nothing to be desired, and you only need to browse their impressive list of accolades to see how good the food really is.
The Baltic Fleet
Just a 7-minute walk from Jurys Inn Liverpool
The Baltic Fleet has proudly been serving ale to the patrons of Liverpool for almost 200 years. Once known for catering to dockhands and sailors, with a secret underground route linking directly to the docklands, The Baltic Fleet is now a cosy establishment with an authentic history. Enjoy a no-nonsense bowl of scouse and a pint of craft ale while you sit beside to the real wood fire. They’re also known for showcasing local musical talent, and with its prime location, it’s the ideal first stop if you’re checking out some of Liverpool’s legendary gig venues this winter.
Just a 12-minute walk from Jurys Inn Manchester
Known as a summer beer garden haven with a leafy open-plan terrace, The Wharf in Castlefield is also the perfect retreat on a dreary winter’s evening. This large industrial building features plenty of quirky corners where you can lose yourself with a pint of craft ale and a hot, hearty meal by candlelight. Take in the magical views of the Manchester canal basin or hide out by a real coal fire in one of The Wharf’s own miniature libraries. It isn’t that far from our favourite Manchester running route either, so, treat yourself to a warm up at The Wharf after a canal-side run this winter.
The Minerva Inn
Just a 3-minute drive from Jurys Inn Plymouth
Claiming to be the oldest pub in Plymouth, The Minerva Inn has a tangible, terrifying history. Situated in Plymouth’s Barbican, one of the spookiest locations in the country, you can enjoy their selection of guest ales and drink in the grizzly history of the ‘Home to the Press Gang’. It is crooked, small, charming and reportedly haunted: the perfect place to spot a few ghosts of Christmas past, present and future this festive season.
The Prince George
Just a 5-minute drive from Jurys Inn Watford
With a cosy sitting room and a menu boasting an eclectic mix of pub classics and trendy smokehouse favourites, The Prince George is somewhat magical. They feature lagers and a choice of ales that’re popular the world over, as well as an eating area that sits adjacent to the bar. It’s the ideal perch to tuck into some simply stunning food while taking in the George’s dynamic atmosphere.
Enjoy the old-fashioned charm of a classic British pub this winter, and if you consider yourself something of an ale aficionado, you’ll love our guide to craft beer in Leeds. Check back in with us this week to find out more about one of Lonely Planet’s favourite cities in Europe.
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