Pubs and Restaurants with Fires
On a cold winter night, there’s nothing more welcoming than a warm cosy fireplace so you can settle into the warmth.
Here is our selection of pubs and restaurants across Brighton, Hove and Sussex which offer a nice cosy fireplace.
Hunker down with a roaring open fire and a remarkable selection of beers at Brighton Bierhaus. If there’s one thing that the acclaimed team behind Brighton Bier knows how to do well – It’s how to set up Brighton with great beer pubs. Bierhaus is based in Kemptown and specialises in local, Belgian and German beers. Team your bevvy up with one of their authentic Bavarian hot dogs and you’re set in a beer lover’s paradise.
The Cleveland Arms, Fiveways
The Cleveland Arms is a pub at the heart of the Fiveways community, and at that heart a roaring fire. The pub itself is modern and comfortable but has kept the essentially ‘pubish’ qualities intact, including friendly staff, good food and drinks, weekday offers and a glowing wood burner to warm the cockles.
The Chimney House, Seven Dials
The Chimney House Brighton is situated just north of the Seven Dials and the Old Shoreham Rd and east of Dyke road and it is nestled in a lovely little neighbourhood on Upper Hamilton Road in Brighton. The Chimney House serves outstanding food, a great selection of quality drinks and it ticks many boxes as an unpretentious, rustic, retro and a good all round pub! The perfect pub for a cold winters day.
The Better Half, Hove Seafront
The Better Half is a quirky pub with a reputation for friendly staff and excellent food. Packed from floor to ceiling with interesting and thoughtful design the choice to install a real fireplace at the time of refurbishment was a smart one and one that earns them a place on this page.
The Hartington, Hanover
The Hartington or “Harty” for short, offers a good selection of beers, wines and spirits, great home-cooked pub food and regular entertainment nights. The fireplace at the seated end of the bar is a perfect spot for some cosy, social times in a welcoming neighbourhood pub. Grab a table for a late Sunday lunch, served until 7.30pm with live jazz sessions from 6.00pm for a perfect winter weekend wind down.
The Western, Central Brighton
Billed as a “tap house” rather than a pub, The Western Brighton is a popular spot all year round that serves great drinks and decent food, in a handy location right by the mecca of Churchill Square. With a fantastic selection of some of our favourite beers, the food at The Western is no after thought. Described as ‘Eastern European meets Dirty Western’ the dishes here are provided by the capable hands of catering company Space and Thyme. Head down on a cold evening and sit in front of the fire with some good pub grub and a beer.
The Independent, Hanover
The Independent is a local pub betwixt Queens Park, with its gorgeous villas, beautiful parkland and Hanover Hill – which is well worth a visit alone for its bohemian village in a city feel. In a nutshell, the Independent is a beer, wine & food pub but, perhaps the subtleties run deeper and there are pretty decent cocktails too. You will also find artisan roasted coffee, loose leaf teas, breakfasts, jazz nights and vinyl spins regularly on a lovely Rega turntable.
And a few pubs with fires in Sussex…
Brimming with enough warmth and charm to warm the cockles on the coldest of Sussex days is The New Inn in the picturesque village of Hurstpierpoint. The New Inn serves a wonderful selection of modern gastropub fare and an award-winning wine selection, as well as local ales and more widely known brands. Dog-friendly, family-friendly with a thoroughly friendly team, The New Inn is a charming destination, worth going out of your way to visit.
The Crabtree, Lower Beeding
The Crabtree is a relaxed and elegant country pub that marries modern and classic seamlessly – taking the best from both. The menu is seasonal and locally sourced, the wine and beer are of top quality and the service is impeccable. This country pub certainly ticks every box, time and again. One thing that the modern heating system can not replace is the small, crackle and fascination of a real fire, so naturally, this is one of those classic elements that has been retained throughout.
Shepherd and Dog, Fulking
This beautiful old inn in the ‘miss it if you blink’ hamlet of Fulking literally sits at the foot of the South Downs. Which is why it’s huge beer garden is on a very big upwards slope. I did say literally. Although recently refurbished, it has sensibly retained most of its 18th-century charm including its original fireplace and wood burner. The menu ranges from traditional pub classics to fine cuisine.
The Sussex Ox, Polegate
The Sussex Ox is situated in the heart of Sussex countryside between Cuckmere valley and Lullington. Set in it’s own gardens and farmland, which provides much of it’s menu with fresh, seasonal and very local produce the heart of the pub is no doubt the Old Bar. This cosy beamed snug features a brick floor and open fire with a fine selection of local craft ales, beers and ciders as well as an emphasis on bio-dynamic wines.
The Wheatsheaf, Henfield
The Wheatsheaf aims to create a welcoming and hospitable experience for its patrons and is really well kitted out as an all weather pub. A good-sized beer garden with children’s play area is great for summer days and warm evenings, the dining area is light and fresh and the fire is cosily set up with sofas and armchairs, just like being in your own little country cottage – but with other people and beer on tap.
Rose & Crown, Cuckfield
The Rose & Crown is situated in the picturesque village of Cuckfield, around 35 minutes from Brighton. Serving modern British food and a great selection of drinks there’s the lounge or main restaurant area you can enjoy your food in. The Rose and Crown’s menu is regularly-changing depending on the seasons and ingredients available. The presentation is top marks and you can enjoy this all in the warm surroundings of a 17th-century coaching inn dining room & bar.
Fountain Inn, Ashurst
Beautiful old-world inn in the sleepy village of Ashurst. A free house and ‘Cask Marque’ accredited, the Fountain has plenty of local ales on offer as well as the more recognised international beers and lagers. Complete with wonky floorboards, inglenook fireplaces and the heartwarming smell of homemade cooking wafting in from the kitchen, you will not want to go home.
The Crown, Horsted Keynes
The Crown Inn is situated at Horsted Keynes, just past Lindfield around 35 minutes from Brighton. It’s set in a 16th-century building which has been serving this part of Sussex for over 250 years! A beautiful spot to cosy up in front of the Inglenook fire and enjoy a winter drink, if you choose to indulge in a few there are also rooms above the dining room so you can relax for the night – perfect! Don’t miss out on the annual ‘Lighting of the fire’ evening which is always a great community event.
Duke of York, Hassocks
The Duke is a great country pub to visit and only fifteen minutes or so outside of Brighton. This venue is just around the corner from Hickstead Showground with lots of country walks in the area. The Duke offers fabulous home cooked pub classics with a modern twist, using fresh and local ingredients. The Head Chef and his team believe in using local suppliers to create beautiful dishes that appeal to all.
The Bull Inn, Henfield
Located just north of Henfield, this traditional style pub welcomes the whole family (including the dog!). With plenty of space and a delicious menu specialising in freshly baked pizza we think this is a venue that will please the kids and adults alike! With over 20 different toppings to choose from, you can mix and match to your heart’s content! If pizza isn’t your thing then you could go for a pasta dish or one of their burgers with homemade coleslaw… or maybe skip straight to dessert! In the winter, the log fire helps to keep the insides of the pub cosy.
Royal Oak, Poynings
A well reputed pub in the beautiful hamlet of Poynings situated at the foot of the South Downs by the famous Devils Dyke. A 10 minute drive from Brighton, it’s easy to get to but makes you feel deep in the countryside. Buzzing with loyal locals most nights, it’s one of those pubs where everyone’s welcome. A slightly separate restaurant at the back where you can enjoy the superb sophisticated pub menu and the open fire.
The Bull, Ditchling
The Bull is a stylishly converted pub in the charming village of Ditchling, about 10 minutes north of Brighton. Think low timber beams, open fires and plush leather sofas. There’s also a terrace and a large garden with views of the South Downs for the summer months. The menu is affordable and changes daily including modern British classics, inventive fusion dishes and some lighter vegetarian fare. Children and Dog friendly. Photo credit: The Bull Facebook