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Holly Loftus
5th October 2023

The perfect recipe for a seriously snug pub? A crackling fire to warm those rosy cheeks beside, inviting interiors that’ll make you feel right at home, and plenty of hearty food and local ales. So, order a tipple and settle in as we bring you our pick of Hertfordshire’s cosiest pubs…

The Bricklayers Arms - Flaunden

If ever there was a pub perfect for a winter walk followed by a cosy drink and delicious lunch, this is it. With walking routes straight from the car park of this delightful rural gem, you can stroll through the countryside, before returning for local food, roaring fires and a tipple or two.

It's a local favourite for a reason! 

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Ye Olde Fighting Cocks - St Albans

If you’re looking for a tempting, traditional pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is about as historic as it gets. Deemed the oldest pub in England according to the Guinness Book of Records, this gem offers a warm welcome, medieval charm, and sensational local food and drink, all tucked away just a stone’s throw from stunning St Albans Cathedral. 

Cosy up in Britain's oldest pub

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Alford Arms - Frithsden

It might be a little out of the way, but we can promise you - this jaunt is worth the distance. Nestled in a secluded wooded valley, with the broad sweep of the Chiltern Hills as its backdrop, find The Alford Arms and you'll never utter the term 'gastro-pub' ever again. Featured in The Michelin Guide and The Good Pub Guide, don’t just take our word for it, this pub has more than earned its (impressive) stripes…

Just between me and brew

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The White Hart - Welwyn

Find a cosy bolthole at The White Hart, situated just off the main high street in the village of Welwyn. Family-run, this pub offers real ales, an extensive gin range, classic cocktails and an exciting wine list; the perfect spot for an evening with friends or a long, leisurely lunch. And, with 13 bedrooms upstairs boasting 4 AA Stars for quality, why rush off?

A pub with 'hart' and soul

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The Golden Fleece - Braughing

This beautiful country pub in the traditional village of Braughing dates back to the 17th century. It may have had a renovation since then, but the timbered interior still retains its old-world charm. With a wide drinks offering, and Michelin Guide featured Sunday roasts, you’ll find us curled up here of a weekend, easing ourselves back into the mentality of Monday…

A gold medal worthy pub

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The Bull – Watton at Stone

Tartan pillows scattered over inviting leather sofas, colourful books lined up along higgledy-piggledy shelves, and a roaring open hearth... yes, this landmark period pub, just seven miles south of Stevenage, has it all. Offering a warm welcome, friendly service, and outstanding food, this is the ideal place to head now the evenings are drawing in, the temperature’s falling and the rotten rain is unrelenting.

Last orders please!

Blackhorse - Brent Pelham

The Blackhorse is a stunning country pub based in the heart of the English countryside nestled in the picturesque village of Brent Pelham. This dog-friendly pub has a welcoming and cosy atmosphere, providing delicious, locally sourced produced to their guests. So, why not bring your four-legged friends, brush off the chill from outside and get toasty in this warm, comfy pub.

Did someone say, quiz night?

The Fox - Willian, Letchworth

An award-winning, cosy pub serving up locally sourced, seasonal produce and an impressive wine list, what more could you want? The Fox is a great little spot to warm up in the cooler months and enjoy their relaxed and cheerful atmosphere…and the comfort doesn’t end there. Why not extend your visit and cosy up for the night in one of their contemporary furnished bedrooms!

Putting the "c" in comfort

The Lamb - Berkhamsted

You’re off to one of Berkhamsted’s oldest pubs! That’s right, at 300 years old this premium pub is ready to warm you up this winter, serving a menu of delicious food and drinks, perfect for a date night. Can you be tempted by their Sunday roast? It has all the tasty trimmings and freshly seasoned vegetables you’ll expect to see and is served all year round.

What you waiting for?

The Gate - Bricket Wood

Mmm, couldn’t you just demolish a country pub lunch right now? Well no, probably not if you’re reading this at 8am, but nevertheless, we’re sure you’ll be tempted. The Gate is on the outskirts of Bricket Wood and has a cosy open space for all, yes that does include your furry friends! So, whether you’re there for a roast on a Sunday or for a lunch on a brunch day, you’ll be sure to feel the cosy and relaxed vibes, when it’s a little chilly outside.

“Chestnuts roasting, on an open fire” It’s not a Christmas song we promise!