Welcome to The Tan Hill Inn - World Famous as Great Britain's Highest Inn.......... Near Reeth & Richmond in Swaledale and the North Yorkshire Dales National Park
Mike and Louise welcome you and invite you to discover Great Britain's highest Inn - "Tan Hill Inn is an oasis from the daily grind of life and well worth a detour from the beaten track." We hope you enjoy our website.
Of course it's no substitute for the real thing - so we look forward to seeing you at Tan Hill soon. We host what could be Great Britain's highest WiFi Hotspot for FREE Internet and e-mail access and we are the highest Public House also providing Accommodation, Weddings and Civil Ceremonies in Great Britain.
We have a fantastic and truly unique opportunity for an individual / couple with an instinctive flair in hosting and entertaining our most valued customers at one of the UK’s most famous and iconic Pub, hotel and event management venues… Tan Hill Inn!
The job requires a very special person at one of the most isolated but beautiful locations in the UK. It is the highest pub in the UK at 1732ft amsl.
Don't worry! The place has been there many years and through experience we have managed to acquire our own weather station, snow plough, generator ( 24/7 ), our own water bore hole for water, and gas in huge tanks. The position would suit a self starter that has also a practical bent as you will be expected to gain a good understanding of how things work. However we have as you might expect, a good team of people around the place that can be called on in a crisis!
We are a very busy venue ( a Pub doesn't quite describe what we are ! ) and hold Weddings / Car Rallys / Festivals / Come Dine With Me evenings, and other wonderful events that you would be expected to manage, nurture, hold and develop. It is obvious you must be a very sociable character and have a high self discipline towards all aspects of management skills. If you don't, the place and the altitude will eat you up! These include, but are not restricted to, chef / kitchen management skills, staff management and recruitment where necessary. You must be able to work within agreed accounting budgets. A safe hand at cash management, a keen eye for customer satisfaction. Good housekeeping is essential.
On quiet days.... you should also be able to apply yourself to digital marketing via the web site, Facebook and Instagram, working steadily towards agreed new business targets by creating interest and designing events of which you will share financially in their success.
You never ever know what's going to happen at Tan Hill, it's such a unique experience. However in quiet times, and you do get them, you will be able to plan the year via these mediums. We have had many events over the last ten years or so. Some have fallen away uncared for. Your task will be to get them on track again.
It is also quite probable that at some point 100 people may turn up for a few beers via the coach load. Managing what could be a chaotic time should be second nature to you. Doing all of this with a sense of humour is essential to your sanity and those all around you.
Only when these things are done can you breath a sigh of relief and enjoy the most stunning views and enjoy the Tan Hill Inn that is characteristically called a monster, "the beast"
However we love it. We think you might too!
For more details or to book accommodation please contact your hosts, Mike and Louise. The Bar at Tan Hill is an experience not to be missed.
Cask conditioned ales from Theakston and Black Sheep, complimented with a selection of Premium Lagers, Fine Wines and Spirits. Home cooked food is available daily with no need to book.
We also cater for Weddings, Stag and Hen Parties, Birthdays and other Special Occasions. Accommodation can be found in one of our well appointed en-suite rooms, all of which enjoy stunning views across the surrounding moors.
In addition we can offer the 'Drover's Rest' - a family sized self-contained holiday flat.
For Latest News and Events, please select the top menu for the 'TAN HILL EVENTS', 'LIVE MUSIC EVENTS' and 'LOUISE'S TAN HILL DALES DIARY' pages for details of these events and more.
ANIMALS AND PETS AT TAN HILL
I tell you, this place gets more like a Zoo every day! So to introduce the Tan Hill family of pets..... first of all there was 'Tan' the Lamb! - Yes, that's right, a LAMB!! One of the first additions to the Tan Hill family in 2006, Tan was born an April fool, the runt of a litter of three. Tan initially lived in the bar and was hand-reared with substitute Ewes milk formula (every 4 hours!). He is a Lincoln and Swale Cross Mule. Izzy was Louise, the landlady's 2007 lamb.
Tan and Izzy now live at our Knapp Farm venue in Somerset during the winter months. Izzy and possibly Tan, will be returning soon. Izzy is pregnant and Louise is planning for her to give birth in the Bar, probably in April!! Louise collects animals and every year seems to adopt an orphaned lamb.... but in 2008 she adopted THREE, Misfit, Tommy and Sooty, who live at Tan Hill with the rest of the menagerie! In fact Tommy may become a national celebrity soon, as he may be undergoing a knee joint replacement operation... but at a cost of £1000!!! It was Izzy, Misfit and Tommy who greeted James May and Oz Clarke in the Bar on television in 2009.
'Sherbet' the Dog - Fire Monitor! So named because of her dubious heritage! She's a wire haired Dachshund Jack Russell cross. By the way, that is HER seat next to the fire and she will get cross if you try to move her. You have been warned! Sherbet has been mothering Tan the Lamb and taking him for walks. Both however appear to more concerned with keeping their coveted places next to the fire.
There are always cats at Tan Hill and many of you will remember 'Minty' the Cat - our V.C.O (Vermin Control Operative). Minty was very elusive and also a very efficient killer! Proud of his work too, it was always nice to be presented with a half eaten mouse at the back door with Minty looking proud as punch! Sadly, Misty was found dead on the moor with a pellet in his head! Toronto the Cat (toe-toe for short ) was named after the city of Toronto in Canada where Mike visited on tunnelling business. Apparently, the bed wasn't warm enough for Louise without Mike....even with one cat 3 ducklings, a dog and a lamb to keep her company at that time! He's a cute little grey tabby but has now moved to our Knapp Farm venue to keep Tan and Izzy company. However, Toto's two grey kittens now rule at Tan Hill. They were born on 21st October 2008 and are called Bubble and Squeak! Mike was midwife to Squeak, but Bubble was too big and had to be delivered by Cesarean.
The Ducks, our Egg Production Unit. We have about 12 Ducks at the last count. They're free agents and come and go as they please. Usually coming when we feed them and going when they 'want to be alone'! We do have fresh free-range duck eggs for sale at the bar (subject to availability).
There are also hens and chickens... including one called 'Cockaleekie'!
And we must not forget 'Gypsy', 'Betty' and 'Star' from 'Swaledale Ponies' some of our other regular visitors to the Tan Hill Inn. Local Western riding school owner and character Martin 'Django' Kiss often frequents Tan Hill with his horses. Visit his website at www.swaledaleponies.com for information about a ride out to Tan Hill Inn including lunch and a drink and the bar.
Upper Swaledale and Arkengarthdale are highlights of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Here you will find Nature at its best. There are high mountains at the head of these valleys whose evocative names such as Blea Barf, Great Shunner Fell and Rogan's Seat echo the voices of the Vikings who settled here over 1,000 years ago.
Sparkling moorland streams cascade down the valley sides through pastures touched by a thousand shades of green. The River Swale, England's fastest flowing river, threads its way through a maze of fields dotted with stone barns. Over generations the people of these Dales have shaped the landscape and left a legacy of history, folklore and legend. The language of the Vikings can still be heard all around in the local dialect and the village place-names.
The hills tell a tale of a lead mining industry that began with the Romans. There are ruined monastic buildings, ancient churches, packhorse bridges, attractive villages and old-fashioned country pubs. It is the people who live and work in the dales that add depth and character to these valleys.
So, spend some time exploring Swaledale and Arkengarthdale to discover the true romance of these beautiful valleys. If you scratch deeper than the surface you will certainly find a truly wonderful place that lies at the heart of the "good things in life".
Other places of interest in Swaledale: Swaledale Museum, Reeth Swaledale Outdoor Club, Swaledale Festival, Swaledale Cheese, Hazel Brow Farm and Swaledale Woollens (Some information courtesy of www.swaledale.net. Please visit their site for all the information you could ever need about Arkengarthdale, Swaledale and the surrounding area. Some text copyright of Mark Reid, author of The Inn Way...series of walking guidebooks).