High up on the
moors in the Yorkshire Dales is an oasis from the daily
grind of life. Famously known as Britain's Highest Pub,
Tan Hill Inn is also one of the most interesting pubs in
Great Britain. It recently featured in a Vodafone advert
and some years ago the late Ted Moult demonstrated
Everest Double Glazing in another T.V. commercial. A
photograph of Ted Mould, containing the feather was on
display in the bar but has recently gone missing.
An appeal is out for it's return. The Inn is popular with
walkers, as it lies apporoximately halfway along the
Pennine Way from Edale, Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm,
Scotland. The Coast to Coast Walk from St. Bees, Cumbria
to Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire passes it's halfway
mark at Keld, four miles from Tan Hill.
Tan Hill Inn is one of the most interesting pubs in the
Yorkshire Dales and also one of the most friendliest. One
may ask why on Earth would anybody want to build a pub
right out in the sticks. 300 years ago Tan Hill was at
the crossroads of several major packhorse trails and coal
was mined extensively in bell pits in the area. The walls
at Tan Hill especially in the dining room feature a lot
of photographs taken early this century of mining
activities around Tan Hill. There are also a lot of
interesting artifacts from Tan Hill on display at the
Swaledale Folk Museum in Reeth, about 10 miles away.
||Mining continued until
the mid 20th Century and a long serving landlady,
Susan Peacock, kept a pistol behind the bar to
restore order when fist fights broke out between
the miners at the pub. As mining demised, the
development of the motor car enabled a new breed
of customer to enjoy the Inn. Sundays are often a
busy period with motorists coming out for a meal.
Winter can last for six months on Tan Hill,
especially with it being an exposed location.
However, the Inn is sometime the only place for
miles around due to it having it's own generator.
Getting snowed in is also an occupational hazard
at the Inn which can be cut off for days at a
time.Summer is a different story at Tan Hill and
sometimes it can get busy on a warm Saturday
evening with many drinkers stopping overnight in
In 1990 an extension containing seven en-suite
rooms was built. In addition there are two bunk
rooms, one sleeping six and the other eight. A
bed in the bunk rooms cost only £25 per night
and include breakfast.
The Tan Hill Inn
has the distinction of being the first public house in
Britain to be granted a licence to hold civil wedding
ceremonies under legislation passed in 1995 allowing
people to get married in places other than a church or a
Registry Office. As well as the extra accommodation the
water supply now comes from a borehole, no longer having
to rely on a spring. There is a microwave telephone link
to a nearby relay station.
The pub offers a cosy atmosphere and there is always a
fire going. Meals are available during lunch times and
between 7 and 9 in the evenings. I usually go for the Tan
Hill Sausage in a giant Yorkshire pudding. Postcards from
all over the World decorate the beams and photographs
show the Inn during particularly severe winters. Take
care if you decide to sit in the far corner as a giant
rubber spider may come down on you!
There are several photograph albums at the Inn featuring
scenes from over the past twenty years.
Today the Inn is run by Mike and Tracy but again the inn
is up for sale.
Recently Everest installed new double glazing at and
solar water heaters at the Inn and was the subject of a
recent television advertising campaign.
*** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ***
Open 11:00 until late
TELEPHONE: 01833 628246