THERE'S nothing better than chilling in a cosy hostelry with a real fire on cold winter days.

Whether its recovering from Christmas celebrations or warming up after a walk in the countryside, many make a beeline for any watering hole that has the welcoming sight of an open fire inside.

With that in mind we've got together a selection of the pubs in the Swindon area and asked Adver readers for their best recommendations.

Many suggested the The Sun Inn in Lydiard Millicent which can be found on The Street.

It boasts home-cooked food, comfy sofas and a traditional fireplace to keep you warm.

Another very popular suggestion was The Crown Inn on Ermin Street in Stratton St Margaret.

It’s reminiscent of an olde worlde tavern and comes complete with an olde worlde fireplace to boot.

It wasn’t the only Crown Inn to get a mention as Ceithryn Hamilton suggested the pub in Aldbourne as well.

She said: “Beautiful big fireplace, super cosy and in a beautiful location.”

Also getting a lot of mentions was The Manor on Cheney Manor Road.

But Swindon is really spoiled for choice as there were plenty of other recommendations, including The Cold Harbour on Ermin Street in Blunsdon and The Plough Inn in Highworth on Lechlade Road both boasting toasty spots inside on a cold winter’s day.

The Swiss Chalet in Gorse Hill and The Beehive were in Prospect Hill were also popular choices, as were The Royal George in Purton, The Five Bells in Royal Wootton Bassett and the Bakers Arms in Badbury.