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Cosy pubs with real fires in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 16:34 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 18 October 2017

Picture supplied by The Running Horses, Mickleham

Picture supplied by The Running Horses, Mickleham

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Dark and chilly winter evenings are perfect for huddling in the corner of a country pub with friends, catching up over beer and supper in front of a log fire. Surrey is home to cosy pubs a-plenty – here are ten of the top places to go…

1. The Cock Inn, Headley

After an autumnal walk, head to this year’s winner of ‘Pub of the Year’ at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards, The Cock Inn. Curl up in front of the fire with a glass of red wine or fill up on a hearty Sunday roast with all the trimmings. We can’t think of a better way to spend a chilly afternoon, can you?

2. The Abinger Hatch. Abinger Common

When the weather is blustery outside, take a wander to The Abinger Hatch as this pub simply epitomises the word ‘cosy’. Inside, the interior of the pub is quaint and enchanting and on the menu you’ll find traditional pub grub and an extensive wine list. Huddle down for the evening with a bowl of mac’n’cheese whilst the log fire crackles away in the background.

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3. The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

This friendly, old fashioned boozer has lots of homely touches to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Think quirky pictures on the walls, candles flickering on the tables and rustic furniture. The pub was voted CAMRA’S ‘Surrey Pub of the Year’ in 2016 so linger a while with the open fire at your feet and a pint in hand – you can always walk off the empty calories afterwards.

4. The Refectory, Milford

Autumn evenings are perfect for huddling in the corner with friends, chewing the fat over good beer and even better company. At The Refectory you can do just that as the pub has plenty of cosy nooks and crannies to hide away in. Kick back in a leather armchair whilst you enjoy the warmth of a real log fire.

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5. Botley Hill Farmhouse, Warlingham

Nestled on the picturesque Titsey Estate, Botley Hill Farmhouse has beautiful autumn vistas of the surrounding North Downs. It is the perfect window watching spot for when the leaves turn golden and the fire is lit. Enjoy a pint from the pub’s very own micro-brewery whilst you take a look at the seasonal menu. We like the sound of the Goosnargh duck with dauphinoise.

6. The Running Horses, Mickleham

This village pub has a deeply rooted history dating back to the 16th century. Inside, The Running Horses has retained much of its historic nature and charm with an inglenook fire heating up the bar, wooden beamed ceilings and parquet floors. Enjoy an aperitif by the fire before retreating to the restaurant for supper.

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7. The Three Horseshoes, Thursley

This country pub is the heart of the Thursley community and behind the bar you’ll find a plethora of ales, including the locally-produced Hogs Back Brewery’s T.E.A and Dark Star’s Hophead ale to name just a few. If that’s not enough to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, there are plenty of hearty pub classics on the menu. Think filling stews and succulent roasts – all of which can be enjoyed in front a roaring open fire when it’s cold outside.

8. The Dog & Pheasant, Brook

When the chill really starts to kick in, The Dog & Pheasant is here to induce just the right amount of drowsiness. Exposed brick walls, dark wooden beams, and a large open fire create the perfect ambience for whiling away a wintery evening. On the menu you’ll find a selection of mouth-watering mains. Order the pie of the day and settle down for the long haul – but you’ll have to arrive early doors if you want the coveted table by the fire!

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9. The Onslow Arms, West Clandon

The Onslow Arms is the kind of place where a lazy weekend can be lost amongst roast dinners, fine wines and the smell of an open fireplace. Large leather chesterfields and tasty suppers await you, so leave the wellies at the door and warm your feet by the fire with a game of backgammon and a large glass of merlot.

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10. The White Bear, Fickleshole

Dating back as far as the 15th century, this pub is certainly an oldie but a goodie. It boasts not one, not two, but three open fireplaces so you’re highly likely to get a prized spot next to the fire - just one of many benefits of it being a listed building. Relax with a G&T with loads of ice whilst you read through the menu – the only difficulty of visiting The White Bear is choosing what to have.

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