It’s October; the nights are drawing in, the air is fresh on your face and crispy leaves are littering the ground, this means autumn is here and we couldn't be more ready to get comfortable and cosy in some of our favourite Bristol pubs. 

 Dig out your big coats, beanie hats and scarves and head to one of our top picks of watering holes to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in sitting by the fire, because now snug is the new sexy.

Thanks to Natalie of Stuffed for her list of snuggle bunkers

King Street is well known for being a cracking spot to gather with friends. Whether it is for after work drinks, a Saturday session on the cobbles or a night market, it always has a nice buzzing atmosphere. Congregating outside one of the many bars seems to be a favourite pastime for many of us, however if you are craving some warmth now that the weather has taken a turn, the affectionately named 'Volley' offers a cosy respite. Pull up a chair next to the roaring log fire and take your pick from the vast range of UK craft brews they have on tap, or one of the many hand chosen spirits (mainly Gin, and good ones). Word on the street is that they do a cracking Sunday roast dinner as well, so get your peak autumn on now.

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The Rummer Located in Bristol’s Old City in one of the oldest buildings, The Rummer offers rustic charm and a huge open fireplace with big comfortable sofas either side. Away from the hustle and bustle of the centre this little slice of autumnal heaven is a lovely spot to sit with the Sunday newspapers, or to get out of the cold of an evening and sample a cocktail or some of their own gin they distil on sight. If you fancy a bite, the cellar dining room is an impressive underground restaurant which offers tasting menus and fine food as well.

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Long running local Bristol boozer the Pipe and Slippers may well be famous for their pipe dreams (it’s a cocktail for the smutty amongst you), but it’s cosy and classic pub interior provides the perfect setting for pulling up an armchair by the fire and not moving. The Pipe & Slippers has a real homely feel about the place, which probably explains why it is so popular with locals and tourists who come to the city. With friendly staff to boot, when it's cold outside, a warm welcome will be awaiting you here

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Ask any Bristolian for a cosy pub and they will probably point you in the direction of The Lion Tavern in Cliftonwood. This modest, family run hidden gem has a cosy fireplace and a kitchen offering indulgent bar snacks such as scotch eggs and pub classics. The Lion might be off the beaten track but don't let this put you off, as the sense of community and the warm welcome you are greeted with will make you feel part of the fold as soon as you arrive.

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Now, this pub may take you a little while to get to, but trust us, once you get there it'll all have been worth it. Settled on the outskirts of Chew Magna, The Pony and Trap is a whopping 200 years old and is set amongst beautiful grounds. Take a moment to admire the unrivalled views of Chew Valley or explore the onsite gardens to see how the local produce is coming along. The Pony and Trap's popular Sunday roasts are worth booking in for and on a fresh, autumn day, the views alone are worth the drive out.

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The Barley Mow This intimate little boozer is testament that great things come in small packages. The Barley Mow is a conveniently central pub situated not too far from Bristol Temple Meads. Some of you might not even know it is there (and now is your time to rectify that). These guys know a thing or two about beer, so if that is your thing, then you’ll be in hops heaven. The Bristol Beer Factory use this place as their flagship pub, so there are always interesting collaborative brews on tap.

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Last but definitely not least on our list is Yurt Lush. Put simply, what could be more inviting on a cold day than a log fire burning inside these different foundations? The Yurts are set just behind Bristol Temple Meads and the warmth of the fire is enough to turn cold cheeks rosy within minutes. The setting is casual, with big wooden block benches for sitting on and the food is comfort in itself. The Sunday roasts here already have a reputation all of their own, but the restaurant have also introduced a menu of new small plates, which you can order of an evening. As with everything else served at Yurt, the plates take inspiration from produce that is in season right now, so if it's a big hug in a bowl that you are after, you won't be disappointed.

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This 16th Century Pub looks like something out of a Dickens novel, guarding the bottom of the Christmas Steps in all it's stone glad glory, this really is a cosy escape from the bright and busy city center. The pub is split into three levels with a small garden, plenty of thick wooden tables, candles and soft lighting with plenty of window seats to watch the world go by. They, of course, have a lit fire to stare into and and brood whilst clutching a decent pint of ale. Definitely the sort of place to take a load off.

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Published -10th October 2017