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Tan Hill Inn, Richmond

Pub added by Andy Hemingway
Long Causeway
Tan Hill
Postal town: Richmond
DL11 6ED
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Tan Hill Inn

Finally managed to get to this legendary pub, the highest in the British Isles and also in a very remote spot so you really have to make an effort to reach it (even by car, although it was virtually full late on a Sunday afternoon). The plain façade belies the comfortable multi-room layout featuring traditional furniture and all kinds of bit and pieces as decoration. There is also a new outdoor seating area (but it was hardly the weather for that when we visited), accommodation for passing walkers on the Pennine Way, a barn at the back for live music and other events, and its own snowplough. With six of eight handpumps in use, we found the two 'house' ales from Tirril - Tan Hill and Kings Pit - plus Black Sheep, Landlord, Old Peculier and Wensleydale's Semer Water. Overall, a must visit.

On 19th August 2021 - rating: 9
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. Wittenden left this review about Tan Hill Inn

Famous largely for being the country’s highest pub and for featuring in an advertisement for double glazing,this pub has been admirably described by the learned scribes below. We approached it on foot from Ravenseat, and found it indeed to be remote and windy, though the distant glint and hum from the A66 somewhat spoiled the experience.
On entering the pub, the anticipated Yorkshire Gothic-hikers, bikers,roasting footware and altitude related tat was diminished by wall to wall Steve Wright in the Afternoon (bless him.) Food was grim, my first pint of Black Sheep dire, though exchanged with good grace. The fresh barrel was on good form, however.
A good spot for people watching: a couple sitting behind us finished their meal rapidly. On being asked how they liked it, the lady declared it to be disgusting and inedible.The landlord or chef came out, and with great diplomacy defused the situation by means of the magic discount. Yorkshire Gothic, I suppose.
We’d been coming to Swaledale for years, and I’d never been inside: I doubt if we will again,but it’s one of those things…

On 4th November 2014 - no rating submitted
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John Bonser left this review about Tan Hill Inn

Occupying a remote and isolated position in the North Yorkshire Dales is The Tan Hill Inn, surely one of the best known pubs in the British Isles, although, ironically, I’ve yet to meet many people who’ve ever been there.

Helpfully signposted from the busy A66 a few miles to the north, it’s a car journey through moorland, along exposed narrow and winding country roads. Often having to slow down to little more than a crawl because of straying sheep, who appear impervious to the possibility of being run over, or the occasional car coming in the other direction, you’re just about to conclude that you must have missed a turning, when the inn suddenly looms into view on the hilltop in front of you.

As we approach the pub and pull in off the road onto the gravel car parking area, we are reminded that the pub is 1732 feet above sea level, the highest in the country. It’s a typical Yorkshire stone built building with a farmhouse attached – a “rustic barn” – which I gather is used for wedding ceremonies.

The main bar area of the pub has a flagstoned floor, padded pews, spindle backed chairs, dark wooden ceiling beams, much exposed stonework and a cosy welcoming log fire. A collection of bank notes and curly postcards decorate the ceiling beams. One area of the wall is devoted to various newspaper cuttings / magazine articles about the pub. Thus we learn that, a few years ago, the pub was closed for a few days over the New Year period due to snow and a number of people were stranded. We also see that, at various times in the past, the pub has been up for sale at £ 1.1 million and then £ 1 million. Interestingly, a small blackboard above the bar tells us that, as well as buying postcards and T shirts for 40p and £ 11 respectively, we can now acquire the pub should we so wish, for the princely sum of £ 900,000. Note also an old “Wolf and Whistle” pub sign and an unusual Ring the Bell game next to the door on the left hand side. A small counter alongside the bar serves teas, coffees, cakes, chocolate bars etc

A second room on the right has several settees and more seating for diners. This room is carpeted and contains some musical instruments, old sewing machines and old typewriters. There’s also a piano and, overall, something of a drawing room feel. We also see several old Theakstons mirrors and framed newspaper cuttings about a fire at the pub in 1979. There’s also a photo and article about the famous Everest Double Glazing T V Ad in 1984/85.

There’s several seats outside at the front overlooking the moorland where, on my visit, largely the only sound was the creaking of the hanging pub sign swaying to and fro in the wind.

A small leaflet on the tables gives us a bit of history of the pub. We learn that it was a fully working coal mine as far back as 1586. Perhaps inevitably, we are also told of a ghost of a long serving former landlady, who is said to appear during alterations.

In overall terms, there’s more of a traditional relatively unspoilt feel to the pub than one might expect, given its fame. A Motor Bike Club is based at the inn. There’s also occasional “Country and Northern” music. A Christmas party was advertised for 30 November.

The Pennine Way passes the pub and, although not evident on my visit, the pub is equally as popular with walkers as it is with those arriving by car or by bike. The pub opens early for morning tea and coffee and there’s ensuite B + B available. Hearty pub grub is available and is perhaps less expensive than one might anticipate.

On the real ale front, Theakstons Best and Old Peculier were available alongside Black Sheep and Ewe Juice, the latter being a 5% beer brewed especially for the pub by the nearby Dent Brewery.

Unquestionably, this was an exceptionally enjoyable and memorable visit, admittedly largely due to the journey, a certain sense of achievement at getting here and, most of all, the stunning and remote moorland setting.

You really should try and get here sometime – I’m certainly intending to be back one day

On 11th November 2013 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Kirkby Stephen, 11.75 miles, 3 hr 46 min walk (show)
Garsdale, 18.27 miles, 5 hr 52 min walk (show)
Dent, 21.08 miles, 6 hr 47 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : Yes - B&B plus a self-catering cottage, bunk barn and camping - last updated 11 November 2013 by Will Larter
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 May 2021 by Tris C
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 05 September 2010 by hondo .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 November 2014 by . Wittenden
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 05 September 2010 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 05 September 2010 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 October 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 September 2010 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes - Request for charity donation to use encouraged. - last updated 16 October 2018 by Jonathan Wilde
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