Nothing beats raising a glass or two in your local pub, better still when there’s a delicious festive meal to tuck into. The following pubs and inns have everything you need for adding a seasonal sparkle to your get-together, be it with family, friends, or that special someone.
Whether you’re seeking a memorable Christmas lunch or dinner, or a pint of something merry, you’ll find it here. Expect tasty menus that champion fresh local produce, award-winning beers, and a cracking atmosphere with the warmth of sizzling log fires.
RISING SUN, ST MAWES
Overlooking St Mawes harbour, the Rising Sun takes in dreamy views of the Roseland Peninsula and beyond. It’s a picture-perfect location for admiring wintery waterside scenery from the comfort of a cosy seat beside the fire.
A trip to St Mawes never fails to impress. Hop aboard a ferry from Falmouth, with breath-taking views of the Carrick Roads sailing waters and Pendennis and St Mawes Castles, or drive through the Roseland – an enchanted corner of Cornwall with creeks, secluded beaches, and woodlands.
Drink of choice: A mulled wine to warm up with after the ferry crossing.
OLD CUSTOM HOUSE, PADSTOW
Occupying a prime position on Padstow’s South Quay, the Old Custom House is popular for both its location and what lies inside. This historic stone building charms with a large bar area and a stylish conservatory that’s ideal for soaking up the surroundings while indulging in a proper festive feast. The Old Custom House is a vibrant community hub and a hit with tourists too. It’s just the place for sipping on a glass of mulled wine in good company.
Drink of choice: A Mena Dhu or Winter Blackberry Mule
THE WELLINGTON, BRISTOL
This vibrant pub sits at the top of Bristol’s Gloucester Road – an iconic slice of the city that has long been regarded as the epitome of its independent spirit. The Wellington showcases its own take on this and greets all with a warm welcome. The interior is light, airy, and spacious, with the dining area showcasing modern and quirky features. Treat yourself to turkey and all the trimmings after a day wandering the city centre’s famous Christmas market.
Drink of choice: A festive negroni or Tribute.
MASONS ARMS, BRANSCOMBE
Character features adorn the walls and fittings of this beautiful 14th-century pub. Escape the cold as you walk beneath the building’s gorgeous thatched roof, entering a bar that welcomes guests with timber frames, low beamed ceilings, and the crackle of a log fire. Occupying a rural oasis, the Masons Arms is blessed with enviable views and lies a short stroll from Branscombe Beach. Immerse yourself in one of South Devon’s most cherished locations.
Drink of choice: A Hicks or Bramley Apple Fizz.
VICTORIA INN, SALCOMBE
The peaceful banks of Kingsbridge Estuary lie a mere stone's throw from the Victoria Inn. Nestle beside the flickering fireplace or sink into one of the bar’s cosy nooks before clinking glasses and savouring the scrumptious seasonal menu.
While you’ll find plenty of festive cheer inside, there’s a wealth of things to experience outdoors during fine weather. Salcombe is a beautiful riverside town with an abundance of winter walking trails awaiting discovery in either direction along the coast.
Drink of choice: Espresso Martini or Proper Job.