Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Pubs with fires

Our top picks

Brighton and Hove

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 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

For a quirky pub with a reputation for friendly staff and excellent food head to The Better Half. 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.

If you’re feeling the bitterness of the winter chill in your bones then you’ll be craving some good old traditional comfort. Head to The Farm Tavern in Hove for that winter blanket and they’ll feed you up on sausage and mash (perhaps the ultimate in comforting dinners) and let you warm your cockles by one of their two roaring fires.

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 Independent is a local pub between 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.

Cosy up next to the roaring fire with a jug of the good stuff at Bierhaus this winter. When we say good stuff we mean the internationally acclaimed beers that come straight from their local breweries barrels at Brighton Bier Brewery. In fact, it’s worth noting that this is a specialist beer pub, they stock an unrivalled selection of European beers as well as their house brews. As well as top quality beverages they serve Bratwurst style hotdogs and offer you a BYO food option!

The Dorset is a local favourite, it’s stood the test of time and proved time and again that it’s a fantastic and reliable spot for great drinks, quality gastro pub classics and always has a lively and friendly atmosphere.

Its superb North Laine location makes it a great meeting place, ideal for some idle people-watching. What’s more, they have an open fire which is set to be ablaze all winter long. So go check it out and stay cosy this winter.

Located near the picturesque Preston Park, Station Hotel offers a retreat that’s far enough out of the city hustle and bustle but still within walking distance from the centre. This traditional 19th-century pub is a favourite of the locals. They stock a great selection of drinks from wines to cask ales that during the winter months can be enjoyed next to a roaring open fire. The food here is fantastic. They serve savoury small plates, traditional pub favourites, as well as several more modern options and are famed for delivering a sensational Sunday roast.

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 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 cannot replace is the smell crackle and fascination of a real fire. So, naturally, this is one of those classic elements that has been retained throughout.

This super family run pub is situated close to the outstanding beauties of the Knepp Estate nature reserve. They serve home cooked food which is sourced and foraged for locally and a smashing line up of quality beers and ales. 

It’s a very dog friendly pub too, so a perfect way to end a jaunt in the country. Real fires will warm you up nicely and there’s even some accommodation if you decide that it’s just a bit too nice to leave.

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 its 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 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 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.