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Top cosy pubs for winter in Canterbury

Top cosy pubs for winter in Canterbury

As the nights draw in and the festive season grows close, there’s usually only one thing on our minds – finding the perfect cosy pub!

When it comes to whiling away the long winter nights or relaxing after a bracing winter walk, Canterbury‘s city, coast and countryside has a fine selection of traditional and modern pubs with open fires and wood-burning stoves to warm the cockles of your heart. Many are dog friendly too, with excellent pub grub on the menu. 

Take a look at some of our favourite cosy Canterbury pubs below, in the city and beyond...

Cosy in the city
Within the historic city walls, you can grab a comfy chair by the fire or a wide wooden table with friends at The White Hart (which also welcomes four-legged friends) or slip through the cobbled side streets of The King’s Mile for a pint in one of the oldest buildings in the city, The Parrot.  
The Unicorn in St Dunstan’s isin known for its excellent ale selection andwood-burningg stove, while The Old Coach and Horses has stunning indoor and outdoor space in the pretty surroundings of Lower Harbledown. And Ye Old Beverlie’s open fire and large menu are hard to resist.
Whitstable winter warmers
There’s nothing better than a brisk walk along the coast to blow away the cobwebs, except for the warming beverage you reward yourself with straight afterwards. Whitstable has plenty of beautiful pubs to visit this winter – settle down by the fire at The Smack Inn (and check out their beach-inspired beer garden!) or order a wood-fired pizza and pint at the East Kent. And sea views and sunsets don’t come much better than those viewed from The Rose in Bloom, perched above the seaside.

If you prefer to warm up with spirits, the extensive gin selection at the opulent Twelve Taps will give you a rosy glow. For finer dining in luscious surroundings, swing by The Pearsons Arms – literally a stone’s throw from the beach, as is the spacious Marine Hotel with open fires and fine drinks on offer on the seafront.

Hunker down in Herne Bay
If you’re taking a big trek around the Kentish coast, or just get a bit of sea air, Herne Bay is the perfect spot for walkers with ample watering holes to enjoy before during or after your travels. 

Head to Grade II listed 14th century pub The Ship Inn for unbeatable sea views and splendid drinks, or Kent Pub of the Year winner The Four Fathoms for historic character and contemporary comfort down by the sea. 

The Prince of Wales, Hoath, is well placed for walkers as the starting – and end – point for magnificent circular walking routes through the surrounding Canterbury woodland and countryside. And The Rising Sun in Stourmouth is a stunning country pub with rooms and a great base for exploring the coast and countryside – or for just snuggling in front of the fire!

Walk to the pub
Canterbury’s countryside is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful pubs, most of which can be found along the district’s network of picturesque foot and cycle trails.

If you’re looking for an Instagrammable slice of country living with historic buildings in chocolate box villages, then you’ll want to feast your eyes on The Rose Inn in Wickhambreaux, which has been standing in one form or another since the 1300s. The Fitzwalter Arms at Goodnestone dates back to 1589, and is a great base for exploring the district if you want to bag one of their bedrooms for the night.

The Duke William in Ickham also combines old-world charm with outstanding modern cuisine with roaring fires, faux fur throws and sumptuous decor. Chilham is great destination for walkers or history lovers as it boasts one of the best-preserved Tudor village squares in the region, and nearby The White Horse is the perfect spot to warm up by the fire after a big country walk. 

Take a trek through the Blean Woods on the outskirts of the cityoutside of Canterbury, and you could wind up at much-loved hidden gem, The Dove at Dargate, with its excellent food and beautiful surroundings. 

Foodies will want to make a beeline for The Dog at Wingham, a dog-friendly award-winning gastropub, while fine dining and top class fizz lie in wait at timber-framed The Griffins Head at Chillenden. 

And for an extra special treat, make a reservation at Michelin-starred The Fordwich Arms, an outstanding restaurant and bar in an historic pub in Britain’s smallest town.