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Cosy Pubs in Bristol

We're spoilt for choice when it comes to cosy pubs in Bristol. .

If you're looking to take the chill out of even the coldest of winter days use our helpful guide to find Bristol's cosiest pubs and bars

Bristol has an abundance of cosy pubs and hang outs where you can see out the cold snap. So whether you're a fan of an old school boozer or a trendy gastropub, there's a roaring fire and a comfy armchair waiting for you out there.  Get stuck into our guide to Bristols cosy pubs, and start to enjoy the cold, dark months!

If you think we've missed any great pubs with cosy atmospheres and open fires; use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions to @Total_Bristol

The Pony & Trap

Cosy Rating: 7

Fireplace: No

About: The Pony & Trap is a 200 year old country pub situated between the cities of Bristol and Bath.

TGtB Says:  This welcoming Regency era pub has a rustic interior, reasonably priced food, fine ales and wooden booths to slide into - act fast though, it's known to fill up fast. 

Food: The Pony & Trap specialises in real ales, fine wines and delicious homemade pub classics - all of which are made with the finest local ingredients.

A: Chew Magna, Bristol, BS40 8TQ

T: 01275 332627

The Victoria Inn

Cosy Rating: 9

Fireplace: Yes

About: Situated in the quaint little village of Westbury on Trym; The Victoria Inn is a proper pub serving real ale.

TGtB Says: There's a real sense of community spirit here; small rooms, crowded tables, pub-industry memorabilia and open fire places are all a part of the historic pub's charm. 

Food: The menu at The Vic changes seasonally while the specials boards of fresh fish, homemade treats and vegetarian meals change 2 to 3 times a week.

A: 20 Chock Lane, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3EX

T: 01173 294299

The Mall

Cosy Rating: 9

Fireplace: Yes

About: Laidback and friendly - The Mall is one of Clifton’s undisputed treasures. 

TGtB Says: With an expansive downstairs area, full of nooks and crannies, mismatched furniture and beaten up sofas - there's a lot more to The Mall than first meets the eye. 

Food: Great British pub-food; modern classics and seasonal dishes made with carefully sourced ingredients, cooked to order. 

A: 66 The Mall, Bristol, Clifton Village, BS8 4JG

T: 01179 745318

The Cambridge Arms

Cosy Rating: 7

Fireplace: No

About: A friendly, bustling local at the heart of the community. 

TGtB Says: The Cambridge Arms in Redland ticks all the boxes of a great pub - excellent food, great liquid refreshment and cosy comfortable surroundings. 

Food: Traditional with a modern twist; popular choices include beer-battered hake, steak & ale pie and homemade gourmet burgers.

A: Coldharbour Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 7JS

T: 01179 739 786

The Kings Arms

Cosy Rating: 7

Fireplace: No

About: A stylish yet cosy pub with a great reputation for their food and drink.

TGtB Says: At the Kings Arms you'll discover a great environment to relax and unwind in. Its a great place to meet friends, have a bite to eat and a pint on a chilly winter's night.

Food: Expect comforting grub such as macaroni cheese, butternut squash risotto and honey glazed gammon. 

A: 168 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2XZ

T: 0117 973 59 22

The Lion

Cosy Rating: 8

Fireplace: Yes

About: The Lion is a cosy little family-run, family-friendly pub, found off the beaten track in deepest, darkest Cliftonwood. Step inside and enjoy a warm welcome, whether as a seasoned local or inquisitive newcomer.

TGtB Says: Enjoy the cosy fires on chilly nights or the compact and bijou garden and adjoining park on balmy warm ones.  

Food: The frequently changing menu offers something for everyone from homemade bread, a slightly off-the-wall range of burgers, risottos and legendary Scotch eggs, to indulgent Sunday lunches - it’s mostly gluten-free and includes dishes for vegetarians and vegans too.

A: 19 Church Ln, Bristol BS8 4TX

T: 07867 796961

The Pipe & Slippers

Cosy Rating: 9

Fireplace: Yes

About: With high ceilings, dark wood finishings and sympathetic warm lighting, there’s a down-to-earth, homely feel, despite its status as the one of the area’s premier destination late bars.

TGtB Says: This welcoming pub serves a mouth-watering array of premium and super-premium beers, ciders and spirits. So grab the papers, a pint, and take a comfy seat in front of the roaring fire.

Food: Tuesday - Saturday the food is provided by the Smoke & Glaze. The menu is Southern American-inspired soul food with a twist. The Sunday roasts are provided courtesy of Tucha’s kitchen, and those who know will tell you it’s up there with the very best roasts in Bristol.

A: 118 Cheltenham Rd Bristol, BS6 5RW

T: 0117 942 7711


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