The Cosiest Pubs in Britain: 2022 Edition

The Cosiest Pubs in Britain: 2022 Edition

Pubs are a pillar of British culture, but they’ve seen a decline in popularity following the gentrification of the bar industry and the popularity of clubbing, especially amongst the younger generation. But, since coronavirus has come on the scene, more people have been searching Google for pubs than ever before.

With people craving a cosy intimate atmosphere to spend quality time with friends and family, now was the perfect time for us to investigate the official most cosy pubs in the UK, as described by real customers on TripAdvisor.

1. Hole in t’ Wall, Windermere

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 144

Google Rating: 4.6*

The oldest pub in Bowness, Hole in t’ Wall gets its name from a gap in the brick wall that was knocked through so the blacksmith could enjoy a beer whilst they worked. Pretty much unchanged since 1612, the pub is dripping with heritage and charm, rightfully earning it the title of cosiest pub in the UK.

2. The Old Thatch Tavern, Stratford-upon-Avon

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 106

Google Rating: 4.4*

Continuing the trend that old equates to cosy, The Old Thatch Tavern is one of Stratford Upon Avon’s most historic landmarks, a mere 300 yards from Bard’s birthplace and dating back to 1470. Known for its cosy low ceilings, great ale selection and friendly service, the pub is adored by tourists and locals alike (even though it’s famously haunted…).

3. The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 97

Google Rating: 4.5*

Another appropriately named pub, The Cottage Loaf was formerly a bakery and warehouse, so all of the charming features and history remain stored inside. Full of friendly faces, open fires and rustic wooden furniture, it’s no wonder so many visitors go out of their way to describe the cosy atmosphere.

4. The Three Pilchards, Cornwall

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 94

Google Rating: 4.7*

The Three Pilchards is the oldest pub in Polperro. Centrally situated in the Cornish fishing village, visitors can expect a warm welcome and a famous fish pie. The rich history of the pub makes it the perfect place for holidaymakers and locals alike to get cosy by the traditional fireplace on a winter night.

5. The World's End, Edinburgh

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 85

Google Rating: 4.4*

Built in the 16th century, The World’s End is one of Edinburgh’s oldest and most famous pubs. The pub has kept its friendly and welcoming atmosphere and maintains a traditional Scottish food and drink menu, perfect for a dram and a steak pie.

6. The Pheasant Inn, Keswick

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 84

Google Rating: 4.5*

Serving locally-sourced ales and food, this lakeside pub is the perfect flavour of British pub life. Taffy, the ‘landlord’, welcomes other four-legged guests to nestle by the fire or lounge on the terrace in warmer weather.

7. Polgooth Inn, Saint Austell

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 83

Google Rating: 4.6*

The Polgooth, or ‘goose pond’ is a rural Cornish village pub that was famously a community hub for the tin miners of the 18th century. Today, visitors can get comfy by the electric stove and enjoy traditional pub food and the South West’s best beers and wines.

8. The Red Lion Inn, Alnmouth

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 82

Google Rating: 4.5*

A traditional 18th century coaching inn on the Northumberland coast, the Red Lion in Alnmouth takes pride in its history and welcoming location. A family owned business, the inn boasts beautiful coastal views and inviting bedrooms.

9. Packhorse Inn, Bakewell

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 77

Google Rating: 4.7*

Situated in the stunning Peak District, this pub also hosts a selection of ales from the nearby town and food sourced and caught in the Derbyshire area. Visitors can come off one of the nearby walking trails or find a place to stay over the road for a countryside weekend away.

10. The Castle Inn, Dorset

TripAdvisor mentions of “cosy pub”: 74

Google Rating: 4.2*

A beautiful thatched roof village pub, the Castle Inn is located on Dorset’s Jurassic coast and is ideal for walkers, holidaymakers and locals alike. As is customary for cosy pubs, it seems, the food and drink options are closely linked to the best in the local area.


Full Listing




Mentions of "cosy pub"

Google Rating


Hole in t' wall





The Old Thatch Tavern





The Cottage Loaf





The Three Pilchards





The World's End





The Pheasant Inn





Polgooth Inn

Saint Austell




The Red Lion Inn





Packhorse Inn





The Castle Inn




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Comments 1
  • Frank Lambert
    Frank Lambert

    Hole in t’ Wall is in my neck of the woods but I had never heard of it. I’m going to it next weekend while it’s still very cold outside and really soak in that cosy atmosphere. Cheers Radiance :)

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