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Pubs with cool fireplaces

The kids are with the grandparents..me and the hubby are looking to sit down in a pub with good food and fireplace...thoughts? We live in Reading and will go as far as a 30 minute drive

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  1. The Smith & Wollensky location on Arlington St has an awesome fireplace! It's been a while since I was there but I loved standing around it having cocktails while waiting for a table. The fireplace is huge..... you could literally walk inside it. The building is very cool..... you can read about it here, and one of the photo slides gives you a glimpse of the fireplace. The photo doesn't give you an indication of just how big and wonderful that fireplace is.


    1. Probably a little further than you want to drive, but the Gibbet Hill Grill has a fireplace:


      The Wayside Inn in Sudbury also has fireplaces in different rooms but I'd go for the Tap Room over the newer main dining room:


      Finally, here's an old thread that might have some other ideas for you:


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      1. re: wandergirl

        I love Gibbet Hill and it's fireplace. If you sit in the lounge you can sit right next to it, but most seats in the dining room aren't near it. The food is good though!


          1. re: Bellachefa

            The Tap Room was reportedly constructed ca. 1775. The main dining room was constructed in 1924 by Henry Ford. Of course, much of the inn was reconstructed after a major fire in 1955 but the Tap Room was rebuilt to maintain its early character while the main dining room feels like a function hall to me.

        1. The Black Cow in Hamilton has a very nice fireplace in the center and decent food. Should be a little over 30 minutes up 128. Get off on route 1a in Beverly and continue north into Hamilton.

          1. The James Gate in Jamaica Plain. And while the food is only moderately good, the bar at The Red House in Harvard Square has a lovely little fireplace niche with three or four tables. You'll feel like you're in a Vermont inn.

            1. Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro has a lovely fireplace in the bar area.

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              1. re: catsmeow

                Just curious, are these all wood burning fireplaces?

                1. re: chompie

                  Gibbet Hill is real wood fire. Can't answer for the rest.


                2. If you want a real cool fireplace, go to the ones where they don't bother to light it up for heat. ;-) Pardonez moi.

                  1. 1/2 hour from Reading, eh. Looks like Finz on the Salem waterfront would fit that bill.

                    1. Maggie's Farm in Middleton has a nice fireplace in the back dining room. Not sure if it fits with your definition of pub, but they have great sandwiches, apps, drinks, etc. in addition to their mains.

                      1. I guess I like eating next to a roaring fire so I'm always on the look-out for one.

                        PJ Ryan's and Magoun's in Somerville both have gas fireplaces and good pub grub. I haven't seen either one turned on in a long time, though. I think both places just get too crowded.

                        There's a gas one at Red Raven in Acton (it's at the entrance - I think maybe some of the tables are nearby, though I don't remember since we sat at the bar). Food was ok.

                        British Beer Company in Walpole also has a gas fireplace; however, that's more in the bar area. Food is ok.

                        Further afield and a little off-topic, in Portland, ME, Boone's (part of a mini food empire) has a wood-burning fire and a most excellent happy hour with drink specials and free nibbles.

                        1. Boston.com has a slideshow of restaurants with fireplaces: