Pubs & Restaurants with Fires
On a cold winters 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.
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.
Caxton Arms, Central Brighton
The Caxton Arms is one of Brighton’s best kept secrets, tucked away in the heart of the city centre, just a short hop from Brighton station and has an open fire. It’s traditional pub inspired menu focuses on tasty authentic food, made by their passionate chefs. They use local butchers and fishmongers to ensure they have the freshest ingredients. There’s also a great selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes so everyone’s happy at the Caxton Arms.
Hove Place, First Avenue
The Hove Place is a popular casual Bistro Pub in the heart of Hove. With a great selection of local ales, quality wines and speciality beers, the back bar at Hove Place offers over 100 well known spirits. The menu at Hove Place showcases the finest British produce created by chef, Phil Bartley, and is served as Small Plates. The Small Plates are ideal for sharing and gives you the opportunity to try a variety of dishes.
The Better Half, Hove Seafront
The Better Half, whose owners have put the soul back into one of the oldest public houses in the city by giving it a brand new look and a new name. They’re now offering a superb menu featuring plenty of local ingredients from suppliers such as Handcross Buchers and Coffee@33. The recently installed fireplace has won them a spot on this page and we urge you to go check it out, armed with a glass of red, naturally…
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.
The Lord Nelson, North Laine
One of Brighton’s oldest pubs, the Nelly as it’s affectionately known is a great place for a proper pub lunch in a traditional Victorian pub with a recent extension. Situated in the North Laine, it’s super warm and friendly, perfect for a relaxed lunch with friends or simply by yourself. Big on using trusted local suppliers their food is simple but fresh, homemade and tasty. Not one, but two cosy roaring fireplaces.
The Connaught, Hove
A warm and friendly ‘all round’ pub on Hove seafront. The Connaught is a favourite among locals and welcomes all kinds of customers including families and pets. There are toys and a special menu for the kids, water bowls for dogs and plenty of quality food and drink for the adults! With a south facing beer garden for warmer days, and a wood burning stove for those chillier days, everyone’s a winner. Photo credit: The Connnaught Facebook
The Exchange, Hove
Tucked away in a residential street near Hove station (Goldstone Street) the Exchange is a newly revamped pub with loads of character. Now with wooden floors, green and bare brick walls and industrial pendant lamps, it’s a great place to sit down by the roaring log fire with a pint and a plate of good food. Great menu with British classics made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
The Lion and Lobster, Norfolk Square
Voted in the top 3 for the Best Sunday roasts in Brighton the Lion and Lobster is a bit of a legend. As well as their legendary Sunday roasts, they have a restaurant upstairs, an extensive pub menu for the bar and a late night menu for dirty stop outs. Great quality pub food in one of Brighton & Hove’s most unique and historical pubs. Wood burning stove on the terrace and roaring fire in the bar – perfect!
The Royal Sovereign, Preston Street
The Sov, as it’s affectionately known, has a heated decked rear garden and roaring fires. Part of Brighton’s history for many years, the Sov attracts locals and travellers alike from all ages and walks of life. Spoilt for choice with craft beers and local real ales it’s definitely you could sit and while the hours away.
The Fountain Head, North Road
Warm and inviting, the Fountain Head is a favourite amongst Brightonian’s. Always packed with every type of punter ranging from after work drinkers, students and loyal ‘old-timers’. Combining classic with contemporary it has original exposed brickwork and two cosy open fires all in a light and airy space. The food menu is quality pub food ranging from sandwiches, burgers and main dishes such as Sausage & Mash of the Week. Photo credit: The Fountain Head Facebook
White Rabbit, Kensington Gardens
A fantastic pub for winter evenings, the White Rabbit on Kensington Gardens offers a roaring log fire to get cosy by whilst cradling your pint or glass of red. This quirky, kitsch pub fits in perfectly in the North Laine. Warm, friendly and very welcoming it’s an easy pub to while away many hours. Interesting and unusual artwork litters the walls to ponder over. The beer garden is open from 12 – 8 for those not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer.
Prestonville Arms, Seven Dials
A warm and welcoming pub tucked away just 10 minutes walk from Brighton station. Children and well behaved dogs are welcome making a great place for families. No noisy TV’s or gaming machines but just a cosy, comfortable pub which serves a quality menu, selected specials and delicious Sunday Roasts. A pretty patio for warmer times and a cosy warming fire for those cold and rainy days us Brit’s are all too familiar with.
Jolly Poacher, Fiveways
Situated on Ditchling Road between Fiveways and the Level, the Jolly Poacher is a fabulous dining experience in a casual and laid back environment. The menu created by head chef Anthony Burns moves with the seasons and the availability of fresh, local and sustainable produce. They have a few tables on the terrace for when the sun has got it’s hat on and fires inside for when it doesn’t.
Coach House, The Lanes
A lively and unique Brighton venue, the Coach House is known for its informal and friendly atmosphere as well as it’s outstanding food. Situated in the heart of the lanes, but still only a stone’s throw from the seafront, it’s an ideal place for a quality relaxed lunch. The menu features classic dishes with a twist and all made with local and seasonal produce where possible. Inviting roaring fire for the colder months.
And a few pubs with fires in Sussex…
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 it’s 18th century charm including it’s original fireplace and wood burner. The menu ranges from traditional pub classics to fine cuisine.
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 it’s 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 arm chairs, 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 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 the warm surroundings of a 17th century coaching inn dining room & bar.
Fountain Inn, Ashurst
Beautiful olde 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 heart warming 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’s 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 Schooner, Southwick
The Schooner is an independent gastropub nestled on the Sussex shoreline between Hove & Shoreham, offering locally sourced meats, fish & seafood. Situated in an 18th Century building with a warm welcome, real fires and stunning panoramic views overlooking lady bee marina & the harbour it’s a wonderful place to spend the evening or a Sunday lunch.
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