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Nov 6, 2011 07:53 AM

Help us find a Cozy Tavern!

We're on a mission to find a cozy tavern with good food. Ideally it would be within reasonable driving distance of Boston, have a fireplace, and New England charm. We love the GW Tavern in Washington, CT (, and haven't been able to find anything like it in Mass. or NH. We would appreciate any suggestions - thanks!

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  1. Jame's Gate in JP is great, friendly, has a fireplace, and good food.

    James's Gates
    5 McBride St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    4 Replies
    1. re: hoolese

      Hoolese is right-- James's Gate fits the bill. Also try the The Druid in Inman Square-- no fireplace, but great food and very warm and cozy. Duxbury may be too far, but the Winsor House may work for you. Decent food, very cozy, English-style feel, in a house that's a couple hundred years old.

      James's Gates
      5 McBride St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

      1. re: newhound

        The Druid was my pick as well--the Irish warmth makes up for lack of a fireplace, and the food is outstanding.

        1. re: hckybg

          I also like The Druid and James's Gate. Another one to think about is Townsends in Hyde Park, which is a quiet, slightly more upscale Irish pub/restaurant with great food.

          1. re: hiddenboston

            Tavern at the End of the World too. Great beer list, great fish and chips, great atmosphere, and nice folks.

    2. Red House in Harvard Square has a fireplace, and while it probably is too fancy to be considered a tavern, the bar area where the fireplace is might just fit the bill.

      Red House Restaurant
      24 Union Sq, Somerville, MA 02143

      1. Stones Public House in Ashland. Sunday night bles jam rocks.

        Stones Public House
        179 Main St Ste 1, Ashland, MA 01721