6 Northern Irish pubs named among cosiest in UK

As the dark winter nights draw in, we can think of nothing better than cosying up in a snug pub with friends and a glass of beer in hand.

According to a new ranking by esteemed food critics, six Northern Irish pubs have been named among the cosiest in the UK.

There are four in Belfast City Centre and two in County Antrim. So, there are plenty of spots to go for that cosy pub feel.

As such, if you are looking somewhere to warm up on a cold winter’s night, read on.

The rankings – the cosiest pubs in the UK

Kelly's Cellars was one of the Northern Irish pubs ranked among the cosiest in the UK.
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Mail on Sunday food critic Tom Parker Bowles and drinks columnist Olly Smith have come together to create a comprehensive ranking of ‘The 100 cosiest pubs in Britain’ for MailPlus.

Ranking establishments on several factors, including the quality of food, the selection of ales and wines, and their ‘dog-friendliness. Plus, bonus points were awarded to pubs with a fireplace for guests to cosy up beside.

The critics whittled down their choice of establishments from all over the country, from London to Edinburgh, Newcastle to Cardiff. So, we are chuffed that an impressive six Northern Irish pubs were named among the cosiest in UK.

Belfast’s cosiest pubs – rest your tired legs and warm up by the fire

White's Tavern offers an impressive whiskey selection.
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Among the Northern Irish pubs named the cosiest in the UK were four Belfast watering holes and two in County Antrim.

Unsurprisingly, one of the most famous bars in the city, The Crown Liquor Saloon, made the list. Parker Bowles described the decadent pub as “a glorious Victorian gin palace”.

He pointed out its “elaborate tiling, stained glass, mosaic floor, and masses of carved wood”, all adding to its cosy feel.

The Crown is one of the Northern Irish pubs ranked among the cosiest in the UK.
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Parker Bowles’ other Belfast favourite is Kelly’s Cellars, which is one of the best bars in Belfast that celebrities have been to. Stating that, while “it might not be the most elegant”, it is “one of the oldest, built in 1720”. Praising its “open fire, good ale” and live music, he ranked it among the cosiest bars in Belfast.

For Smith, the cosiest pubs in Belfast are also two of the oldest: The Dirty Onion and Whites Tavern.

He states that if you’re after “some famous Irish craic and seven nights a week of entertainment, you’ll absolutely love The Dirty Onion.” Meanwhile, he praises the history and impressive whiskey collection on offer at Whites Tavern.

Northern Irish pubs named among cosiest in UK – travelling outside of Belfast

Have you ever been to Crosskeys Inn?
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If you’re not centrally located, never fear. Parker Bowles and Smith also ranked a couple of pubs outside of the city centre among the cosiest in the UK.

For Parker Bowles, it was the Crosskeys Inn in Toomebridge, County Antrim, that took the crown. Not only is the inn Ireland’s oldest thatched pub, dating back to 1654. Rather, it is famed for its traditional live music.

He encourages readers to “settle in for a proper session”. He highlights the “peat burning fires, good Guinness, endless antiques, sandwiches, steak, and even the occasional eel dinner”.

Smith was impressed by the famous Bushmills Inn, located in the County Antrim coastal town of Bushmills. He writes, “This place oozes elegance and sophistication”. Giving special mention to their a la carte menu and glamourous afternoon tea.

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