Hands up who else thinks it’s all of a sudden become CHUFFIN’ FREEZING outside?! It’s proper hermit and hibernation weather, which means it’s time to bring out the thicker duvet, turn the heating up to full whack and start gorging on all of the goodies you were supposed to save until Christmas (matchsticks anyone?)
However, If you are brave enough to venture outside, wrapping yourself up in a thousand and one layers (plus bobble hat) then we’ve hand-picked some of Bristol’s cosiest, comfiest and downright winter saviours of snug city pubs.
Blankets? Check. Log burner? Check. Cosy interior? Check. The Yurt offers a relaxing and comfortable haven away from the hustle and bustle that is Bristol’s city centre. Tucked away next to Temple Meads, the Yurt is decked out with lots of rustic wooden decor, with big inviting benches that offer the perfect spot to warm your bones from the cold outside. The food is just as soul warming, with the lunch and dinner menus changing seasonally and reasonably priced plates. Our winter favourites which are currently gracing the menu include the jerk chicken with sweetcorn fritters, the vegetarian house curry and chunky steak chilli con carne. Or, you could just grab yourself a mulled wine and get settled in front of the fire.
Clock Tower Yard, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QH
Pipe & Slippers
This Gloucester Road pub regularly pops-up as one of Bristol’s cosiest hangouts, and we love it’s homely and warm vibe. Comfortable armchairs, dim lighting and the open fire means The Pipe has all of the wonderful trappings of a classic pub and makes it the perfect spot to while away a Sunday afternoon after your roast dinner. From Tuesday – Saturday, Foozie favourites Smoke & Glaze bring their banging southern inspired burger menu to the kitchen and it doesn’t disappoint. Is there a better way to warm up than with a chimichurri bap and triple cooked chunky fries, all whilst sitting in your comfiest chair. Thought not.
118 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5RW
The Pony & Trap
Venturing out of the city centre but definitely worth the roadtrip is The Pony and Trap in Chew Magna. It is impossible not to be impressed with the pubs glorious charm (it has been a public house for 200 years!) and with the views across the beautifully green Chew Valley. The pub is regularly full with locals, neighbouring farmers and those who may have travelled out for a special occasion. The ‘field to fork’ ethos is a prominent theme across the menu, with the majority of ingredients grown within the onsite plot or delivered by a team of trusted suppliers delivering quality and sustainable produce to the the pub. You can pop in for drinks, lunch, the special tasting menus or a Sunday roast dinner and you can be sure you’ll be in for a treat. The Pony & Trap is a classic country pub at its best.
Chew Magna, Bristol BS40 8TQ
Affectionately known as ‘The Kenny’ by the locals of Redland, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether this actually is a cosy spot from the outside, but trust us, once you step into this bar and restaurant you’ll be struck by just how homely and intimate the venue is. The bar greets you first, surrounded by small tables, chairs and some comfortable corners to curl up in with your hot toddy and newspaper. The sumptuous aromas of home cooked food waft through the pub and inviting bar snacks sit atop the wooden serving surface (we’re talking chunky sausage rolls). The restaurant area sees wooden tables and glassware that glistens from the generous candlelight. This traditional pub serves British classics, perfect for warming up in the winter – the sound of the homemade beef and ox cheek lasagne has already got us feeling warm and fuzzy.
35-37 Stanley Road, Bristol BS6 6NP
Rose of Denmark
A Bristol institution, The Rose of Denmark is one of the city’s most well loved and long standing pubs, openings its doors in the 1800s. This quirky and fun boozer fits the bill for all; families, groups of friends or couples who want to pop out for a bite to eat over the weekend. The old history is apparent from the interior homely style, with a roaring fireplace in the dining room to match. What you might not know, is that the team have recently refurbished the hidden cellar dining rooms, naming this area ‘The Scullery’. Here you can host private parties or dinner events, which are perfect for those dark and cold winter nights. Reminder: have you sorted your Christmas do out yet!?
6 Dowry Place, Bristol BS8 4QL
The Angel Inn
If you fancy taking a drive out to Long Ashton, then we would highly recommend checking out The Angel Inn. This beautiful building has retained plenty of its original features from centuries before, such as its heavy oak doors and huge central fireplace which still provides the main heating system for the pub. The menu is packed full of classic dishes such as locally sourced and braised lamb shank, chicken, bacon and leek pie and sausages and mash. Although a local village pub, this friendly community watering hole will soon feel like home once you’ve come inside and got yourself comfortable.
172 Long Ashton Road, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9LT
The Three Tuns
Situated in the heart of Bristol but offering a cosy respite is The Three Tuns. Beer lovers will be a fan of this place, as they offer various cask ales, over 40 bottled beers and quirky ‘bag in box’ ciders. Their current kitchen pop-up comes from Porchetta, who are offering serious meaty treats. Spacious bench seating covered in big, plump pillows are available for you to plonk yourself down in and not move for the rest of the evening. Live music fans will also enjoy the chance to listen to some of Bristol’s best talent, with weekly open mic nights and monthly jazz sessions. The Three Tuns also run a cinema club where the show films on their terrace – keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details.
78 St. George’s Road, Bristol BS1 5UR
One place that seems very apt for the month of December is The Christmas Steps. Hidden away from very central Bristol amongst the cobbles, this pub looks extremely inviting before you’ve even stepped foot inside. Once you do, a burning log burner creates a nice focal point amongst the long, communal style bench seating. The menu here is the stuff of winter dreams, with beef brisket baps, mac and blue cheese and locally sourced sirloin steaks. Plus, it’s nearly Christmas and what better place to hangout than a pub with Christmas in the name.. am I right?!?
2 Christmas Steps, Bristol BS1 5BS