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10 cosy outdoor pubs & bars for winter

Furry throws, twinkly lights, hot mulled gin … fancy a slice of Courchevel with your cocktail? Here's where to find the hygge in Devon.

Lloyds Lounge, Exeter

Here’s your fairy-lit refuge from the Christmas shopping schlep or evening hideaway just off the city high street. The chalets at Lloyds Lounge come complete with with faux fur blankets, twinkling lights, electric log burners and a Slade-free Bluetooth setup ready to play your own music. With room for up to six people, they’re sure to keep you cosy and warm, all night long.

Agricultural Inn, Brampford Speke

Oak beams, fairy lights and brand-new heated outdoor dining pods and all in an 18th century pub courtyard. What more do you need? Okay, I’ll throw in the Agricultural Inn’s legendary grill and pub classics, and a mug of mulled wine because I like you. And it’s dog-friendly. Book it up on 01392 840043.

The Cott Inn, Dartington

Heated and completely weatherproof, The Cott Inn’s marquee and outdoor kitchen sits pretty at one of the oldest thatched pubs in the land. They’ve even put up a Christmas tree outside but don’t let that stop you nipping in to check out their seasonal insta-worthy windowsill arrangements, always worth a snap when you’re popping in to the loo.

Hanlons Brewery, Newton St Cyres

Knock back a craft beer or two at this award-winning family-run brewery, where you can enjoy rustic comfort food, including burgers, Mexican and seafood, as well as kid-friendly and vegan options at their outdoor Beer Factory & Kitchen from Tuesday to Saturday nights. There’s no indoor dining currently but do pop in to visit the Christmas market until 23 December.

The Puffing Billy, Exton

Grab a perch at this local gem on the Exe Valley Trail, open every day during the Christmas period. Highly rated by those in the know for its friendly service and local menu, including English Shoreline from Lyme Bay. Plus, there’s Covid-safeness galore with their cosy outdoor heated and covered space where furry friends are welcome too.

Cornish Arms, Tavistock

Here’s your chance to find out why this family-run, town centre pub has snaffled a place in the Top 50 Gastropubs for the past eight years. And look – heaters too.

Exeter Snow House, Princesshay, Exeter

Say Frohe Weihnachten in a covered pod at Exeter’s shopping centre, Princesshay, where you can tuck into a platter of German bratwurst and either a bottle of Prosecco, 6 Mulled Wines or 6 Pints of Kozel Lager.

Toast, Honiton

The best cafe in Honiton has the fairy lights up and the cottage garden is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am – 4pm for local lunches, including their delicious home-made pizza.

No3, Topsham

After a gin cocktail? You’d never guess from the front but Topsham’s lovely little gin bar has a long walled garden out the back, a mix of covered space and fairy lit garden parasols, heaters and a pizza kitchen.

Salumi Bar & Eatery, Plymouth

Head to Salumi’s Garden of Dreams for cosy outdoor dining with fire pits, heaters, regular live music and a cocktail called The Bear Hug. Just we need this Christmas.

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