As the weather gets colder, there’s nothing better than a roaring fire, a cosy atmosphere and rich, comforting food that will make you feel the perfect level of sleepy.
And there are some great pubs close to Essex that are just a train ride away.
Essex is famous for its transport links to London – from Chelmsford you can be in the capital within 30 minutes or so.
And The Times has picked out its perfect pubs for this season, all with menus to die for and open fires galore.
Two of these pubs are in London, both offering plenty of character as well as being in the heart of the metropolis.
The first recommended pub is The Holly Bush in Hampstead, which the Times describes as having a “warren of rooms” with plenty of nooks and crannies to savour a glass of wine or cask ale.
The pub itself certainly has plenty of history too as a Grade II listed 18th century building.
The menu focuses on fresh and seasonal ingredients as well as creating novel and exciting dishes such as roasted cod loin with caviar and mussel veloute.
Of course, the Holly Bush also prides itself on its Sunday lunch menu, providing a classic roast with all the trimmings as well as a range of alternatives.
For The Holly Bush’s website, click here.
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The other London pub perfect for an autumnal afternoon is The Gun in Canary Wharf.
Leather armchairs and antique firearms decorate this Thames-side pub, which is also housed in a Grade II listed 18th century building.
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Away from the crowds, you can sip gin blended with herbs from the pub’s secret garden and watch the world go by.
There’s a delicious-sounding menu with dishes like pan-fried lemon pepper chicken breast with courgette parmesan fritters and prosciutto crisps, and for dessert an intriguing mandarin tart with lemon curd and toasted marshmallows.
For more information, click here for The Gun pub’s website.
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