10 great pubs, chosen by Santa and other Christmas workers

From a turkey farmer to a choirmaster, we ask the people who help make Christmas special where they go for a festive pint or two

Sarah Mitchell, assistant manager at the Churchill Arms, Britain’s ‘most festive pub’
Every Christmas the Churchill is decorated with loads of Christmas trees and lights. In 2016 we got a lot of media coverage in the UK and abroad, so suddenly everyone was talking about us as the most festive pub in the country. This year we have 95 trees; inside the walls are draped with lights and we play Christmas songs on a loop. I love it, but I think some staff get sick of hearing Mariah Carey 20 times a day. The pub we all head to after work is the Mall Tavern, two minutes away. It’s completely different to the Churchill – we are a cosy, traditional pub with a fire, whereas the Mall is a craft-beer gastropub with 20 beers and ales to choose from. At the moment they have a beer and burger pop-up with a choice of about five burgers.
71 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8, themallw8.com, open 24 Dec midday-10.30pm, closed 25th and 26th. The Churchill (119 Kensington Church Street) is open 24 Dec from 11am-midnight, 25th noon-2pm (drinks only), 26th 11am-11pm

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