The cosiest country pubs with open fires in Hampshire
Picture this: you’re exploring the Hampshire countryside and the weather has taken a turn for the worst. It’s cold, windy and raining, and you’re in search of warmth and sustenance...
You stumble across a charming country pub by chance, and head inside to take refuge from the dark, wintery day. You’re greeted by the delicious aroma of mulled wine and hearty home-cooked food, and the warm, friendly smile of the barman.
You spot a roaring open fire at the back of the dining room, and choose a cosy, comfy spot within reach of its warm, amber glow…
If that sounds like your ideal way to spend a wintery afternoon, below you’ll find a list of the best country pubs in Hampshire for doing just that – with real fireplaces, hearty pub meals and warming drinks – perfect for taking refuge on a chilly winter’s day.
Cosy Hampshire pubs with open fires
The Bat & Ball, Hambledon
Situated close to the Hampshire village of Clanfield, The Bat & Ball is famous locally for its cricketing history, tasty home-cooked food, perfect cask ales and a warm, friendly welcome.
A roaring fire in the winter and al fresco dining in summer make it a popular pub in all seasons, and in winter the wooden beams, floors and brickwork on the walls gives the beautiful country pub a rustic, homely feel in keeping with the season. Perfect for enjoying a meal by the fire, or a drink in the main bar area to retreat from the cold outside, The Bat & Ball is a must-visit this winter.
Cams Mill, Fareham
Cams Mill in Fareham is a stunning country pub and historic setting that makes for a wonderful destination to enjoy real log fires, warming winter ales and delicious, freshly cooked food in Hampshire.
Serving wholesome food throughout the day, Cams Mill is the place to linger over lunch, or enjoy a special evening meal in a charming, rustic setting in front of the pub's open fire – a recipe for a particularly special country winter pub experience.
- Address: Cams Hall Estate, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 8AA
- Tel: 01329 287506
- Website: www.camsmill.co.uk
The Bear & Ragged Staff, Romsey
Surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside, The Bear & Ragged Staff is a wonderful winter destination for explorers. Perfectly placed for a number of local walks, it’s a popular country pub pit stop for local explorers in search of sustenance and warmth, especially with the pub’s large open fireplace.
With a delicious British menu with all your favourites, including traditional roasts with all the trimmings on Sundays, all made using fresh produce sourced from local suppliers, it’s the perfect country pub for enjoying a hearty winter meal.
The King's Head, Wickham
The King’s Head in Wickham is beautiful former coaching inn that has made a name for itself with its hearty British food, real ales and friendly staff. The open fire inside creates a particularly special ambience in the colder months, when locals and visitors enjoy delicious food and warming winter drinks.
Whether you’re popping in for a quick bite to eat with a pint, or you’re looking for a charming evening meal in the centre of Wickham, there will be something for you on the menu to help warm you up. On Sunday, it’ll be a roast with all the trimmings, which the pub believes is the best in the village.
The Links Tavern, Liphook
With stripped pine decor, a crackling open fire and muddy boots by the door, The Links Tavern is the quintessential country pub and is well worth visiting this winter. Settle down to fabulous food and an array of real ales, served up in the cosy, welcoming surroundings of a true country pub with a roaring fire and comfy sofas.
High-quality, country-style dining makes The Links Tavern a real favourite among local foodies. The ingredients are locally sourced and prepared fresh for a great taste of Hampshire. Tuck into a meal and hideaway from the cold in one of Hampshire’s great country pubs.
The White Hart, Stockbridge
The White Hart in Stockbridge has been welcoming guests since the 16th century, which has earned the pub a great reputation for serving delicious fresh British food beside cosy real fires. Choose a winter warming tipple (hot gin, anyone?) and settle down by the open fire for a special country dining experience.
The pub also has 14 boutique hotel rooms on-site if you’d like to stay the night, making a great winter getaway or romantic break in Hampshire.
The Old House at Home, Havant
The Old House at Home is a rustic 17th century pub in Havant that makes an excellent winter destination for Sunday roasts by the fire. The meat comes from a local butcher, and the talented team of chefs are extremely proud to serve-up some of the best home-cooked food in the county.
The large open fire in the dining area makes for the ultimate winter pub dining experience. Oozing rustic, traditional charm, you’ll feel right at home at The Old House.
The Ship Inn, Langstone
Originally a mill, The Ship Inn, Langstone, is a traditional pub right on the water’s edge that serves us excellent pub food and a great selection of drinks. While it’s a popular destination in the summertime, with warm, welcoming staff, a traditional setting with roaring fires and stunning views of the harbour, it’s also a great winter destination for watching the world sail by.
For a true winter pub experience you can choose a table in the snug – a cosy and compact retreat with an open fire, perfect for snuggling up with a hearty meal or a drink.
The White Buck, Burley
Set in the heart of the New Forest, The White Buck in Burley is a charming country house that serves great British food using locally-sourced Hampshire produce. Best enjoyed in the beautiful dining room beside the large open fire, it’s also the perfect winter retreat with boutique accommodation on-site and the New Forest on its doorstep.
The Wykeham Arms, Winchester
The Wykeham Arms is a stunning traditional pub in Winchester with open fireplaces and cosy nooks and crannies ideal for settling into on a wintery afternoon. The pub’s main fireplace features both the motto "Manners Makyth Man" and a coat of arms of William of Wykeham, founder of both Winchester College and New College Oxford, which is a nod to the area’s heritage.
The pub with rooms also has a reputation for providing some of the finest food in Winchester – thanks to its two AA rosettes and award-winning chefs working in the kitchen.
The Hampshire Hog, Waterlooville
The Hampshire Hog is a traditional pub with rooms in Clanfield, Waterlooville, that attracts walkers and cyclists wishing to explore the beauty of the local area.
Inside the pub you’ll discover a large roaring open fire to perch beside while you tuck into the hearty, seasonal food and drinks, including traditional roasts with all the trimmings on Sundays. The atmosphere is so homely and welcoming you won’t want to leave – and you won’t need to, because the pub has 20 boutique bedrooms on-site, making for a perfect winter retreat in Hampshire.
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