As the days are getting shorter and colder, here is a round-up of some delightful places to enjoy delicious food with feature fireplaces, flame grills and open-fire ovens. Not only will guests be able to enjoy incredibly comforting dishes but they’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome!
Warm your cockles at Paul Ainsworth’s coastal pub The Mariners
There’s nothing cosier than a classic pub with a warming fire, round this off with world-class comfort food and you’ll never need to venture outside again. Paul Ainsworth’s pub The Mariners in Rock, Cornwall, celebrates the best Cornish produce sourced from local suppliers to showcase British cuisine at its best. Crowd-pleasing dishes on the menu include Cornish cottage pie, slow cooked oxtail & seaweed ragu, topped with a crisp Porthilly oyster and, salsa verde, and Philip Warren sausages, Pommery mustard mash potato, slow cooked onion & parsley gravy.
The Farmers Arms
The Farmers Arms in Woolsery, North Devon, is a local pub and restaurant with two bars, a dining room, a small upstairs lounge and garden with outside seating. There is nothing more relaxing on a cold winters day than sitting in a beautiful pub with a warming soup, next to a blazing fire, and The Famers Arms has fires dotted all around the property. Pop in on a Sunday for the family style 3 course roast dinner, with sharing plates to start, a roast joint of your choice and sharing puddings, it’s a home away from home!
The Goring Bar
The Goring Bar has recently undergone a stunning redesign, yet it still retains its traditional English charm with a cosy fireplace to draw guests in on cold winter nights. Warmed by the flames, guests can enjoy the chic new interiors by Russell Sage Studio whilst listening to music from The Goring’s resident pianist and sipping on the new collection of signature cocktails by Bar Manager Tiago Mira. What’s more, menus in The Goring Bar come courtesy of renowned seafood chef, Nathan Outlaw, who has created a selection of enticing bar bites to enjoy alongside the cocktails. At The Goring Bar, the warmth of the fire combines with the impeccable cocktails, food and service to tempt guests to relax and enjoy some of the finer things in life this winter.
Step out of the chilly hustle and bustle of London’s Old Street and into the warmth of Richard Corrigan’s new restaurant and bar, Daffodil Mulligan. In full sight of the open-fire oven guests can expect to find comforting dishes such as Corrigan’s Hereford Prime sirloin with a parsley, anchovy and caper dressing; Grilled lamb chops ‘Raan style’ with pickled cucumber and Wood oven baked back of sole, Jerusalem artichoke, ceps and hazelnuts – all fresh off the fames and perfectly washed down with a cold Guinness. The 50-cover restaurant includes an oyster bar seating eight guests and a basement saloon bar playing host to a series of live music nights and live sports. Top tip: grab a stool at the Oyster bar to watch all the action from the burner to the pass – what better way to spend a winter’s evening in London.
Thomas’s Café at Burberry
Thomas’s Café at Burberry, in Burberry’s flagship store on Regent Street is the perfect place to escape from the cold in the midst of the Christmas shopping madness! This two floor café and restaurant offers everything from breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and pre theatre and while the upstairs room of this superior store restaurant may be more popular, if it’s a fire guests are looking for, they head for one of the tables at the back of the dining room and order hot buttered crumpets from the Aga. Signature seasonal dishes include Chicken consommé, chicken tortellini, bonfire of vegetables and Thomas’s truffle Mac & cheese, shaved black truffle.