On the shortest day of the year it tends to be dark and cold. We could complain about it, but we’re rather use it as an excuse to find a warm, cosy pub with a real fire and great atmosphere.
1. The Grange – @GrangeEaling Ealing Common
Tucked in a quiet corner of Ealing Common, this is a traditional pub with a gastro twist. Food is served all day, including snacks. You can feed the fire in your belly while sitting in the more formal dining area or cosy up in some soft armchairs or snuggle up on a sofa. If you can’t manage to snag a spot by the roaring fire, there is also a walled secret garden that is heated all year round.
Where to find it: The Grange, Warwick Road, Ealing, W5 3XH, near Ealing Common
The New Inn has an impressive heritage, dating from the seventeenth century, this pub was originally a coaching stage post where the Ives family ran a coach service to London. Now a friendly neighbourhood pub in South Ealing near St Mary’s Church, you can enjoy fresh cooked food, wine, traditional ales, draught largers and fresh coffee while putting your feet up in front of the real fire.
Where to find it: The New Inn, 62 St Marys Road Ealing, London, W5 5EX, near St Mary’s Church
Take a stroll under the soaring heights of the Brunel designed viaduct in Hanwell, ending your walk confident in the knowledge that you’ve worn off a few calories before taking in some food and drink in the Hanwell Viaduct. This pub, known for its friendly service has the feeling of a comfortable local about it. With award winning ales, Sky Sports and a traditional British menu you’ll feel right at home in front of the real fire.
Where to find it: The Hanwell Viaduct, 221 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, W7 3TD, near the Hanwell Viaduct & Ealing Hospital
The Duke of Kent has an impressive pedigree dating back to Georgian times, but what makes it really special is the atmosphere. Perfectly suited to the close community feel of Pitshanger, this pub is family-friendly and has the feel of being a village pub. The huge beer garden at The Duke is very popular in summer, but it’s the warm fire that is the draw in winter. There is a kid’s menu, highchairs and plenty of room for prams. Round up the kids!
Where to find it: The Duke of Kent, Scotch Common, Ealing, London, W13 8DL, near Scotch Common at the end of Pitshanger Lane
With everything from cask ales to cocktails, this well stocked bar is a mix of style & substance. You’ll find live music, quiz nights and a warm welcome for your kids and your dog! NetMums even gave The Plough a commendation as a true family pub! With 34 whiskies behind the bar you’ll be spoiled for a choice with a warming tipple.
Where to find it: The Plough Inn, 297 Northfield Avenue, Ealing, London, W5 4XB, at the end of Northfield Avenue at the junction of Windmill Road and Little Ealing Lane