Is there anywhere better to spend a cold, crisp day than in the comfort of a warm, cosy pub? While away an afternoon by an open fire, filling up on comfort food or enjoying a drink with your canine companion.

Here are just ten of the top Tees Valley pubs that are perfect for cosy days.

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Remember pubs are currently closed under the latest Covid-19 restrictions. For details of the latest restrictions in Tees Valley go here.

1. The Fox Hole, Piercebridge
Set in the Roman village of Piercebridge, just outside of Darlington, The Fox Hole provides the perfect mix of traditional pub vibes with contemporary decor. You can enjoy posh pub grub in the restaurant, a drink by the log burner in the bar, relax with the dog in the Wellie bar or wrap up and sit alfresco in the garden, perfect for those bright winter afternoons.

2. The King’s Head, Newton under Roseberry
You don’t have to have scaled the iconic Roseberry Topping to enjoy this gem of a pub that sits beneath it.
The King’s Head is family and dog friendly and welcomes all walkers and cyclists too. Here you can sample local ales and are promised a good old-fashioned pub welcome. If you fancy making a night of it, the pub has 12 comfy and characterful en-suite bedrooms to choose from.

3. The Bay Horse, Hurworth
Head to The Bay Horse in the pretty Hurworth-on-Tees for an exquisite dining experience in a cosy pub setting. Set in a wonderful 15th century coaching inn, The Bay Horse at Hurworth has both retained its traditional charm and embraced modern architecture to give two elegant dining areas, plus a terrace and garden hidden at the back.

The Bay Horse is a popular venue, so we’d recommend booking a table here before visiting.

4. The Black Bull, Yarm
You will find the Black Bull at the centre of the pretty market town of Yarm. With a warm welcome guaranteed, here you can enjoy good pub grub, live sport and a lively bar atmosphere.
On sunnier days you can soak up the sunshine in the large beer garden.

5. The Ship Inn, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
The Ship Inn located in the pretty Victorian seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea is the perfect spot to warm up after a bracing beach walk. Here you can enjoy a drink in traditional surroundings and devour pub classics from an extensive menu.

6. The 9 Anchors, Seaton Carew
It doesn’t get much cosier than one of Hartlepool’s smallest and most distinctive pubs – The 9 Anchors at Seaton Carew. This pub oozes rustic charm with its unique real wood furniture and decor. Now with tables and chairs outside, head here for a pint or two. You can even bring the dog.

7. Twisted Lip, Middlesbrough
If a beautifully cosy, fairy lit beer garden is what you are after on a mild evening then you need to head to the Twisted Lip. Situated on Middlesbrough’s trendy Baker Street, you can enjoy a drink here with a side of live music.

8. The Pot & Glass, Egglescliffe
If you’re searching for a traditional pub which oozes charm and character, The Pot & Glass is the perfect spot. Situated in the picturesque village of Egglescliffe, this splendid 17th Century pub offers real ale and comfort food, as well as a cosy atmosphere and a crackling open fire to relax by.

9. The Derry, Long Newton
Located in Long Newton between Stockton and Darlington, The Derry is a pub that is packed with style. Serving delicious dishes in a friendly atmosphere, you can choose to cosy up inside or make use of the spacious outdoor seating area, equipped with individual wooden “doghouses”.

10. The Beacon Lounge, Redcar
It might be more of a bar than a pub, but The Beacon Lounge is well worth a visit for the sea views alone. This contemporary venue based inside the distinctive Redcar Beacon is the perfect spot to cosy up for a cocktail, a glass of fizz or to dig into traditional fish and chips or a freshly oven baked pizza.

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