10 of the Best Pubs to Visit in February
We've rounded up the 10 best cosy pubs in the North East and Yorkshire for a pint this winter
Just a stone’s throw from St Mary’s Island and the stunning two-mile stretch of beach at Whitley Bay, this hidden gem is the perfect spot for a cosy pint. The Grade II-listed building dates back to the 18th century and has a one-acre secret garden as well as rustic wooden-beamed ceilings, snug dining areas and quality pub food. For an alternative place to drink, the Woodshed is a great outdoor-indoor area, complete with fairy lights for that extra-cosy touch.
The Olde Ship Inn
In the popular seaside town of Seahouses, you can find this historic pub, perfect for a pint after a long stroll on the nearby beach. Right on the town’s harbour it’s has been serving fantastic pints since 1812. The front bar with its cosy fire is piled high with maritime history; great for curious visitors and locals alike.
The Red Lion Inn
This former coaching inn which dates back to the 18th century is in the heart of Alnmouth, a quaint Northumbrian seaside village famous for its row of brightly coloured houses. Wrap up warm and head out to the big beer garden which overlooks the estuary, or hide away inside beside the fire where the well-stocked bar has lots of great ales and beers from across the region.
This is the perfect spot for a cosy after-work pint, with a great central location in Newcastle. The rustic, Grade II-listed building has exposed wooden beams, roaring fires and plenty of hidden corners for settling in with a drink. If you’d like to try something new, the pub has an excellent selection of cask ales and limited edition beers as well as all of your old faithfuls for a comforting pint.
The Bay Horse
This classic gastropub is tucked away in a quiet village, just outside Darlington and has steadily built a reputation for its quality food. Featured in The Times Top 50 Gastropubs and previously Living North’s Pub of the Year as well as receiving the Gastropub Chef of the Year, the interior is simple yet stylish and the food is fantastic.
The Flying Duck
In one of Ilkley’s oldest buildings, constructed in 1709, The Flying Duck has its own brewing facilities for producing a range of delicious ales. The pub serves nine cask real ales, ciders, continental lagers and bottled beers, so you’ll be spoiled for choice. The building has retained many of its original features including stone and oak floors, beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls and real fires, perfect for a cosy pint with a friend.
This 16th century pub is known for having an incredible atmosphere, with cosy log fires, exposed oak beams and the added touch of traditional gas lighting. With all of this and an enviable range of craft beer to boot, it’s definitely somewhere to while away a winter’s evening.
The Fauconberg Arms
This charming 17th century country inn has lots of traditional touches including flagstone floors, wooden beams and cosy log fires. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere with a hand-pulled pint of ale and some classic pub grub in this award-winning inn.
The Blue Lion
Three-time winner of The Good Pub Guide’s Dining Pub of the Year Award, this is not one to miss. Set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park, it’s the perfect spot in which to unwind beside the fire after a long day of exploring, with a carefully curated list of guest ales (including local ales from the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham) and outstanding seasonal food.
The Durham Ox
This welcoming, dog-friendly pub has oak panelling, roaring fires and flagstone floors. Always a hive of activity in the village, on Friday and Saturday nights you can also opt to drink in their additional space, The Dog House.