The Best Festive Boozers in the UK

Don't get us wrong, there's nothing like sprawling out on the sofa, watching the telly and scoffing your face with mince pies and brandy during Christmas.  However, to get yourself really in the seasonal spirit, it's worth checking out the festive fare and entertainment the pubs of Britain have to offer.  We've handpicked a selection of pubs across the UK to suit your festive needs, whether you're after a pre-Christmas day knees -up, Christmas day feast, or a post-Christmas lunch hair of the dog.

London

The Holly Bush  

Hampstead Menus & info 

A local favourite hidden in the backstreets of Hampstead, the tavern style Holly Bush, with its low beams, superb grub, and mulled ciders and wines, is the perfect place to spend a cold Christmas Day. You're not far from the heath either, should you need to try out your new winter woollies.

The Coach and Horses  

Covent Garden More info 

If it's a boozy Christmas sing-song you're after, then you should definitely head down to this iconic Soho pub, which has regular singalongs at the piano on Wednesday and Saturday nights.  Always filled with tourists and locals, plus it also boasts one of the few vegetarian-only Christmas dinner options.

The Albion  

Islington More info 

Nothing screams Christmas more than a roasted suckling pig. And that's exactly what the Albion can offer you.  Perfect for larger parties, and will happily cater for your party needs.

The Bull & Last  

Hampstead More info  

North London residents flock to the Bull all year round for its exceptional food.  So you know a Christmas dinner here will be nothing short of magnificent.  

The rest of Britain

The White Horse 

Norfolk More info 

With its glorious coastal views throughout, the White Horse is certainly one of the most beautiful places to celebrate Christmas.  It also has excellent food, all fresh and sourced locally. 

The Angel Inn 

Yorkshire Dales More info 

If you're looking for more than just your average festive roast, then the Angel Inn is a must.  They have a special Christmas cave for parties of 12 or over, plus a festive choral dinner involving carols at the nearby Methodist church.

No.1 Harbourside  

Bristol More info

A more funky and creative place to spend a festive evening, No.1 boasts cracking views of the Bristol waterside, great food and plenty of entertainment, from live music to arts and crafts – plus they have a brilliant Christmas market.   

The Wheatsheaf Inn 

The Cotswolds More info 

It's hard to stand out amongst all the traditional and characterful pubs in the Cotswolds, but the Wheatsheaf does it in style. With their Christmas night fairs, classic Christmas movie nights and delicious locally sourced fare, it easily pips the others to the post.

The Witchery by the Castle 

Edinburgh More info 

Christmas dining doesn't come any more luxurious than the Witchery.  Think candlelit mahogany, red velvet chairs and a banquet-style dinner.  Definitely a place to spoil a loved one.

Chateau Rhianfa

Anglesey More info

It's not by an means a boozer but they host a thoroughly merry festive season at this fairytale chateau overlooking the Menai Strait and Snowdonia, with a superb Christmas lunch and lots of party activities after. Very much the place to ditch the rubber gloves and take Christmas off.