Whilst we have been totally and utterly spoilt all summer long with the greatest weather, we all know it has to end sometime.
Never fear though, because it’s no secret that it’s frequently freezing up here, there’s an abundance of cosy pubs with big fireplaces and fire pits that will happily keep you warm all autumn / winter long.
The Bay Horse Tavern
Alongside a massive list of ales, gins and a brilliant food menu, The Bay Horse also boast a very impressive fire, right in the centre of the pub for all to enjoy. Grab yourself a big comfy sofa next to the fire, cuddle your dog and tuck into some proper British classic dishes for the perfect cosy pub experience.
The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
0161 669 5799
One word, two syllables – co-sy. The Wharf is perfect for summer with its large beer garden, but the two huge fireplaces inside can’t be ignored for those colder days. Plus, there are so many little alcoves where you can retreat in the winter month, teamed with a massive roast on a Sunday.
The Wharf, 6 Slate Wharf, Manchester M15 4ST
0161 507 4240
The Crown & Kettle
Voted as one of the best pubs in the country, the Crown and Kettle is a Grade II listed building with beautiful ceilings and of course a giant Victorian fireplace and rug to match. Still very reasonably priced drinks too, so you can’t go wrong.
Crown & Kettle, 2 Oldham Rd, Manchester M4 5FE
0161 235 0978
Ok, not a cosy pub but has a fire place on the biggest table right in the centre of the bar. For a real working fireplace, the corner area has a cosy arrangement of arm chairs, sofas and a huge fireplace for you to keep warm on a cold Sunday afternoon.
Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
0161 833 4040
This is more for the end of the summer when the evenings are still light – basically when it isn’t snowing and you can enjoy the outside bar. 20 Stories’ roof garden has a big fire pit plus all the blankets you can muster whilst you enjoy the wonderful views.
20 Stories, No. 1 Spinningfields 1 Hardman Square, Manchester M3 3EB
0161 204 3333
The Angel Pub
A proper little pub with a proper little fireplace, with good pub grub and cheap tipple – you can’t go wrong on a blustery autumnal night. It’s dog friendly too so you can cosy up by the fire to your heart’s content.
The Angel Pub, 6 Angel St, Manchester M4 4BQ
0161 833 4786
A retired coach house that now boasts a huge real ale list as well as a spacious open coal fire. It’s another one of those pubs that seems to have it all, no matter what the weather. A massive beer garden for when the sun is out, and a lovely crackling fire for when it’s freezing. Perfect!
The Didsbury, 852 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 2SG
0161 445 5389
The Molly House
Talk about cosy little pub – Molly House has your quintessential wines and ale list but the pub itself could be considered a much more eccentric and alternative affair. It’s over two floors which have very different vibes; the first floor is where you can warm up by a toasty fire.
The Molly House, 26 Richmond St, Manchester M1 3NB
0161 237 9329
The Horse & Jockey
Chorlton loves a good traditional pub and The Horse and Jockey is the place to enjoy a roaring fire and a delicious craft ale. It even has its own brewery. So put your feet up next to the fire place and don’t move for the weekend – you’re in the perfect setting.
Horse & Jockey, 9 Chorlton Green, Manchester M21 9HS
0161 860 7794
The Briton’s Protection
Specialising in more than 300 whiskies, there’s more than one way to warm your cockles in the Briton’s Protection. Alongside the wet stuff, their little rooms at the back come complete with roaring fires – the best medicine in these cold, cold days.
The Briton’s Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5LE
0161 236 5895
This West Didsbury behemoth is always packed and always serving up lashings of wine, beer and prosecco to the masses – and there’s plenty of space in which to relax and get all nice and cosy on a cold day. They’ve got more fireplaces than Housing Units in here – you can’t go wrong.
The Metropolitan, 2 Lapwing Ln, Manchester M20 2WS
0161 445 8666