Retreat to a cosy country pub and ward off the winter chill. Ooh, we don’t mind if we do!

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Now we’ve all had a good moan about how cold it is (well, it is, isn’t it?) there’s only one thing to do: find a nook in a country pub (preferably by a fire), get really cosy and feast on some tasty pub grub.

The Wellington Arms

Where: Baughurst, Hampshire
Why go: they breed their own pigs and keep bees for honey. It’s perfectly situated for a country walk, too
The food: baked fillet of cod with preserved lemon and olive crust; roe deer and root vegetables; steamed marmalade sponge and proper custard
The price: 2 courses for £15.75 or 3 courses for £18.75

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The Bell at Skenfrith

Where: Skenfrith, Monmouthshire
Why go: for a woodland wander
The food: pan fried fillet of bream; radish, artichoke and dandelion risotto; pan seared king scallops; samphire and parmesan gratin;  pig's cheek croquette, wild garlic sauce and fried hens eggs
The price: from £13.10 for a main

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The Butchers Arms

Where: Eldersfield, Gloucestershire
Why go: they have a Michelin star don’t you know
The food: aged fillet of Hereford beef with crispy cow's tongue; fondant potato and trompette mushrooms; pan fried fillet of cod with seared squid; lobster tortellini and bisque sauce
The price: from £22 for a main course

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The Three Fishes

Where: Mitton, Lancashire
Why go: for the local produce (Morecambe Bay shrimps)
The food: venison scotch egg; seafood platters; slow-cooked pork belly with black cabbage and creamy mash
The price: 2 courses for
£17.50 or 3 courses for £21

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The Gloucester Old Spot

Where: Piffs Elm, Gloucestershire
Why go: for their own-brewed cider and the two log fires
The food: braised beef blade with roasted beets, grated horseradish and herb suet dumplings; vanilla bean pannacotta with winter citrus soup and a cinnamon biscuit
The price: 2 courses for £13.95

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The Duke of Cumberland

Where: Henley, West Sussex
Why go: for the views
The food: oven roasted quail, swede puree, curly kale, braised red cabbage and a juniper and redcurrant jus; roast dinner (beef, lamb, chicken or pork) with all the trimmings for four
The price: from £16.95 for a main

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The Sportsman

Where: Seasalter, Kent
Why go: sea views and wonderful fish dishes
The food: Whistable native oysters; roast gurnard fillet with bouillabaisse sauce and green olive tapenade
The price: from £19.95 for a main

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The Gurnard's Head

Where: Treen, Cornwall
Why go: the magical coastline and log fires
The food: fried duck eggs, puy lentils, turnips and hazelnut dressing; duck breast, braised savoy, pressed potatoes and blackberry
The price: from £12.50 for a main

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The Swan at Wedmore

Where: Wedmore, Somerset
Why go: the woodburner for winter, the terrace for summer
The food: smoked ham hock, leek and potato soup and salt and vinegar seeds; chargrilled pork and venison burger, pear chutney, hand cut chips and remoulade
The price: from £12 for a main

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The Grosvenor Arms

Where: Shaftesbury, Dorset
Why go: dog owners take note: they will serve up a menu for your canine friend on request and, for the non dog lovers, the wood oven for slow-cooked pork deliciousness
The food: braised pork cheek and crispy belly, borlotti beans and baby onions; pizzas from the wood-burning oven
The price: from
£13.50 for a main

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The Wild Rabbit

Where: Kingham, Oxfordshire
Why go: draught beers, board games and an organic empire from the Daylesford team
The food: lasagne of crab with langoustine sauce; mille feuille of black cherry and dark chocolate
The price: from
£18 for a main

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The Beckford Arms

Where: Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire
Why go: it’s set in the beautifully rolling parkland of the Fonthill Estate
The food: fish stew with crab broth, butter beans, potatoes and braised fennel; crispy shoulder of mutton, smoked lamb sausage, white bean puree and fried wild garlic
The price: from
£12.50 for a main

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The White Swan

Where: Pickering, North Yorkshire
Why go: for the impressive fireplace
The food: Ginger Pig pork belly with braised red cabbage, Bramley apple sauce and buttery mash; creamed rice pudding with sloe gin and raspberry syrup
The price: from
£13.95 for a main

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The Plough Inn

Where: Longparish, Hampshire
Why go: the open fires
The food: mac & cheese with smoked bacon, wild mushrooms, winter truffles and sourdough; roasted English rose veal loin, veal blanquette, sweetbreads, mushrooms, beans and toast
The price: from £17 for a main

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The Trout Inn

Where: Wolvercote, Oxfordshire
Why go: for the riverbank position
The food: slow-cooked pork belly and seared scallops in a sticky ginger beer glaze and served with crackling, mashed potato and Bramley apple; salt beef hash with fried eggs
The price: from £12.50 for a main

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The Bell in Ticehurst

Where: Ticehurst, East Sussex
Why go: for a proper village local
The food: smoked and roasted loin of pork, apple mash, buttered kale, cider and chilli jus and a homemade pork "quaver"; sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream
The price: from
£9.50 for a main

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The Hand and Flowers

Where: Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Why go: it’s owned by Tom Kerridge. Need we say more?
The food: Essex lamb bun with sweetbread and salsa verde; Cornish line-caught cod with black grape sauce, endive gratin, hazelnuts and ham butter
The price: from
£27 for a main 

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The Millbrook Inn

Where: Kingsbridge, Devon
Why go: to get off the beaten track at the end of a creek
The food: seared John Dory fillets and mussels with orzo pasta, chilli, ginger and spring onion broth; leg and spiced shredded shoulder of roe deer, celeriac mousseline, wild mushroom and red wine jus
The price: from
£13 for a main

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The Red Lion

Where: East Chisenbury, Wiltshire
Why go: they have a Michelin star. Oh yes
The food: bacon wrapped sika deer and pistachio terrine with celeriac remoulade and sourdough; caramel poached apples with candied walnuts and sage ice cream
The price: from £19 for a main

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Where's your favourite pub to get cosy and tuck into some good grub? Let us know in the comments box below ...