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Tan Hill Inn, Richmond

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Long Causeway
Tan Hill
Postal town: Richmond
DL11 6ED
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Will Larter left this review about Tan Hill Inn

The thing about tourist honeypots is that the money pours in no matter how badly you run the place. There were maybe 15 cars, motorbikes and mobile homes parked outside when I arrived before noon on Sunday, having cycled up from Grinton at the bottom of the valley, and more were arriving by the minute, including some Morris dancers. A queue had formed at the bar, with no one apparently serving, though a man was lighting a fire with half a dozen logs and a whole packet of firelighters. One of the warmest days of the year so far, even at 1732 feet above sea level, but his job was to light the fire, not to serve drinks. The actual server soon returned with half a dozen cups of coffee, which explained some of the problem, but when she started to pour beer there was also a bit of a problem with froth. The man in front of me asked for a bitter shandy, and was asked what bitter he preferred. A quick glance told me that there weren't any bitters on the bar (about eight hand pumps, in widely separated clumps, partly hidden by clutter, with only maybe three real ales on) but he named Theakstons which was clearly off, and was offered the next Theakstons pump which was Old Peculier. Now the point of drinking a shandy is to reduce the alcohol in the drink; to make it with a 5.6% beer is irresponsible. My pint of Black Sheep Blonde (their Best Bitter was another one that had gone off and not been replaced, along with Kirkstall Three Swords) was frothy enough even without the addition of lemonade, wasn't in good condition (NBSS 2.5) and set me back £4.95.

When I sat down in one of the side rooms I observed another member of staff writing names and times on reservation slips to put on the tables. This was a good idea, as the slip encourages people to use the table until the time stated, but the printed form didn't have table numbers on it, so the lad was having to check the list for each slip that he put on a table, and had to go round all the tables again to make sure he'd got them right. He clearly needed supervision but wasn't getting any, while the lass behind the bar was trying her hardest, running just to keep still. Who was managing the pub?

I decided to relax rather than critiquing the performance of the staff. There were some interesting photos and maps on the walls showing the pub at various ages, and the coal mines that used to cover the whole area. I'd have liked to have stayed longer, but the background music was getting on my nerves and it was only a matter of time before the Morris dancers started to do their thing, so it was back on my bike and down yon hill.

Not sure I'll be back.

On 26th June 2023 - rating: 5
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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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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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26th Jun 2023, 19:23
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
26th Jun 2023, 19:20
Review submitted by Will Larter

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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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