Sunday, 15 January 2012

Where to eat? Tan Hill Inn, Reeth, Swaledale

Nowadays when around 25 pubs is being closed down daily, or traditional pubs are replaced with those commercial ones with cheap  beer, plasma TV and Sky Sport on all day, a traditional pub with real fireplace and where you can smell proper English homemade pies not microwave pizza seems to be something rare. This is such traditional pub and in addition the highest pub in Britain (1732 ft.) so you have to go there one day.

Tan Hill Inn is situated on the popular Pennine Way Long Distance Footpath, at the meeting point of Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Bowes Moor in the North Yorkshire Dales. To get there you have to drive narrow road and on a nice sunny day with temperature above 0 C in Wensleydale, near Tan Hill you can get a proper snowy winter. It looked nearly as a scene from “Fargo” film and even there was a police car passing by and I found it amusing. 

You can cuddle some pet sheep outside the pub; they behave like dogs and are a part of the family pets including many more, such as dog sleeping soundly opposite the fireplace or cat stretching its back on the bar. It makes this place even more fantastic. 

Pub itself has a lot of character, landlords are very friendly. We suddenly felt really hungry after we had a pint of local beer and obviously the aroma of the homemade food coming from the kitchen was very seductive. Landlady recommended an orgasm – soup, as she stated, made with carrots and orange, but we really fancied some meat. Particularly we loved the sound of a giant Yorkshire pudding with beef and ale stew, creamy mash and peas. It is traditional, typical pub food and this one was cooked very well. Very well indeed, so well that I am ready to go back and have some more. And more.

I will have to go back one day to try some other dishes, but I would recommend it to you not only due to its menu. This is traditional British pub and those I am afraid are declining in this country. It is a superb place to start a walk on the hills, or just have a little break, cup of tea and breathe of fresh air. In case you drunk too much, or bad weather caught you there you can always stay in one of their rooms and in the morning enjoy their breakfast. What more you would wish for?

Tan Hill Inn, Tan Hill
North Yorkshire Dales
DL11 6ED Tel. (01833) 628 246  

Opening and food serving times vary during the year. Prices from £5.95 to £10.50 for a main course, £3.50 for a dessert, children’s menu also available.  

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