All fired up

Some super pubs with roar­ing fires for those chilly au­tumn days

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LIFEBOAT INN, THORN­HAM

Hot spot: This tra­di­tional inn has an open fire or wood­burner in sev­eral rooms, cre­at­ing a cosy am­bi­ence and wel­come refuge from the Novem­ber chills and a place for a re­fresh­ing win­ter warmer or two.

Earn it: A brisk walk around the marshes and up on the board­walk at Holme Dunes should do it; the RSPB re­serve at Titch­well is just a mile away. If you’d pre­fer to stay (slightly) in­land then the royal es­tate at San­dring­ham is 25 min­utes away by car; King’s Lynn around a 40-minute drive. www.lifeboat­in­nthorn­ham.com

GREEN DRAGON, WY­MOND­HAM

Hot spot: This is a town tav­ern with his­tory – go­ing right back to the 14th cen­tury – and as you’d ex­pect has a tra­di­tional fire­place and log­burner to keep the drinkers and din­ers toasty. It sur­vived a more se­ri­ous fire which, in 1615, dam­aged a large part of the town and left the pub with scorch marks.

Earn it: The an­cient mar­ket town of Wy­mond­ham has a good range of in­de­pen­dent shops to browse, plus reg­u­lar mar­kets and farm­ers’ mar­kets. His­tory buffs will en­joy the im­pres­sive abbey, which dom­i­nates the sky­line and dates back to 1107. www.green­drag­onnor­folk.co.uk

THE FRIT­TON ARMS, SOMER­LEY­TON

Hot spot: A very tra­di­tional open fire in the bar area warms drinkers in this smart and com­fort­able pub and ho­tel on the Somer­ley­ton es­tate.

Earn it: Frit­ton Lake is a short step away and has at­trac­tive walks and an out­door cen­tre if you’re feel­ing espe­cially en­er­getic. (Bear in mind some of the ac­tiv­i­ties are sea­son­ally avail­able.) The nearby mag­nif­i­cent Somer­ley­ton Hall, gar­dens and maze also offer lovers of stately homes a real treat. www.frit­ton­arms.co.uk

THE FOX, LYNG

Hot spot: The Fox warms its pa­trons with an im­pres­sively large open log fire while they muse on chalk­board wis­dom such as: ‘The average hu­man walks 900 miles a year and drinks 22 gal­lons of beer, which means the average hu­man gets 41 miles per gal­lon.’

Earn it: Lyng is blessed with a plethora of walks nearby and also has a set of fish­ing lakes; chilly an­glers will espe­cially ap­pre­ci­ate warm­ing up at the Fox’s fire. www.the­fox­at­lyng.co.uk

THE WALPOLE ARMS, IT­TER­ING­HAM

Hot spot: The very tra­di­tional red-brick and wooden-beamed bar area has a log burner to ward off win­ter chills while you sip a drink or en­joy a meal.

Earn it: With Blick­ling and Man­ning­ton Halls nearby you are spoilt for choice if you’re look­ing for a good walk or cy­cle ride and the pub even sug­gests leav­ing your car at their car park while you’re out and about, with the rea­son­able ex­pec­ta­tion that you’ll give them your cus­tom in re­turn. www.the­walpolearm­s.co.uk

THE BELL, BRISLEY

Hot spot: This pub, win­ner of the EDP Nor­folk Food & Drink Awards Best Pub this year, prom­ises roar­ing fires to re­lax by af­ter your ex­er­tions (or per­haps just a good lunch).

Earn it: The pub’s mid-Nor­folk location makes it ide­ally placed for a num­ber of pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, from Bishop Bon­ner’s Cottage in Dere­ham to Gressen­hall Farm and Work­house. Closer to the pub there are lots of walks and the website of­fers ten ideas for Christmas Day, though we’re sure they work on other days too. www.the­bris­ley­bell.co.uk

THE CROWN, GREAT ELLING­HAM

Hot Spot: A large wood­burner in the bar of this bright and fresh pub keeps things nice and toasty for pa­trons ei­ther in for a drink or a meal.

Earn it: The vil­lage has a range of dif­fer­ent at­trac­tions within strik­ing dis­tance, from Ban­ham Zoo to the English Whisky Com­pany at Roud­ham. There are also lots of good walks nearby and the quiet roads make it a pop­u­lar area with cy­clists. www.greatellin­g­ham­crown.co.uk

THE OLD RAM, TIVETSHALL

Hot spot: This old coach­ing inn, a land­mark for trav­ellers on the A140, warms visi­tors to the hand­some brick and tim­ber bar and restau­rant with big open log fires.

Earn it: As well as the usual walks and cy­cling around Tivetshall (it is pretty flat in this part of the county!) there is the ex­cel­lent 100th Bomb Group mu­seum just a few miles away near Dick­le­burgh. www.the­ol­dram­nor­folk.co.uk

CELLAR HOUSE, EA­TON

Hot spot: This bustlign fam­ily pub on the west­ern fringes of Nor­wich keeps ev­ery­one toasty with a roar­ing open fire in an in­glenook fire­place.

Earn it: You might seek a bit of refuge here af­ter a spell of fes­tive shop­ping in the city or per­haps af­ter do­ing some­thing stren­u­ous and sporty at the nearby UEA Sport­park. Less en­er­getic types will en­joy some of the ru­ral walks in the Yare Val­ley on offer nearby. www.the­cel­lar­house.co.uk

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