This is the time of year when the traditional English pub really comes into its own, and Windsor pubs are no exception. Yes, we all love long afternoons in a laid-back English pub garden, but nothing really beats a historic interior, a roaring fireplace, and a fabulous welcoming atmosphere.

Windsor and Eton boasts a wealth of fantastic traditional pubs to cosy up in this winter, and here’s a guide to some of our favourites:

The Two Brewers

This tiny, enchanting little pub is a favourite among Windsor locals and visitors alike. Located right at the top of the Long Walk, it can’t fail but to draw you in on a winter’s afternoon before or after a bracing walk.

The pub has three small bars and lovely fireplaces. The Two Brewers offers an incredibly well-stocked bar for its modest size, specialising in wines and gins. The bar staff are all super friendly and the food is to die for, but get in early or try to book ahead as this place is usually packed to the rafters in the evenings and weekends, and understandably so!

The George in Eton

This traditional Georgian pub was built in the 1700s and is the first pub to be owned and operated by the Windsor and Eton Brewery. The Brewery sits just across the Thames from The George, on Windsor’s Duke Street. It brews incredibly popular ales, lagers and stouts that the local and tourists absolutely love.

The George’s food is well-known for its quality, so make sure you book a table so you’re not disappointed.

The Horse and Groom

This is one of the oldest pubs in the Windsor area and has been on the site since the 16th century. The beamed interior reflects this perfectly and the pub also offers roaring fires and lovely little tables dotted around a characterful bar. Locals and visitors are tempted out of the cold weather and through its inviting doors. At Christmas, the pub is particularly popular and its location, right opposite one of the main entrances to Windsor Castle, means it’s easy to find for anyone coming to Windsor for a day trip or a longer stay.

The Alma

Slightly, out of the way, this traditional English boozer is located at the southern end of the town, but it’s worth jumping in a cab for a visit. The atmosphere at the Alma is pretty legendary and you’ll find it heaving with large, friendly groups of regulars.

Its eclectic vintage interior, live music and great pub food make it increasingly popular with those visiting Windsor. The Alma comes into its own on weekend evenings and on Sunday lunch times when it’s usually fully booked thanks to its fabulous Sunday Roasts.

Needless to say, Windsor and Eton are great places to get a taste of a traditional English pub this winter. See you by the fire!