The Tan Hill Inn, Swaledale, North Yorkshire.
I've been meaning to visit this place for years. It claims to be Britain's highest pub at 1732 feet above sea level - but like the "oldest pub in England" there are also others claiming the same accolade - who knows?
I've ridden past the end of the road saying "Tan Hill" dozens of times while running my Best of Three tours, but never actually paid a visit until four weeks ago.
I called in for lunch with a group of regular tour guests and can confirm that I've found another gem of a pub here. It's up there with the Old Dungeon Ghyll, and the Clachaig etc.
Now I've found the place, I can't keep away. I returned the week after, with yet another bike tour group, and returned once again last weekend; the third weekend in a row! This time was with family and friends, not bikers.
This pub has the lot; good food, good range of excellent real ales, coffee, tea & cakes, and there is a warm welcome for everyone. You'll get the general public, walkers, bikers and even a few boy racers in Scoobie Do's and Mitsubishi Evos.
Hey - I was going to give them a link anyway, but today's events and publicity, promted me to get on with it.
(Ha! see here after you're finished reading my piece. In particular read the comments at the end of the Times article to see how much support there is for good honest pub food, rather than the mass produced rubbish offered on the high street. Hmmmm.... I wonder if anyone has trademarked "Good Honest Pub Food" yet, now there's a tip for Chef & Brewer or whoever.)
We ate there on Monday. The whole family enjoyed a veritable feast of chicken & bacon topped with cheese and a BBQ sauce. Excellent stuff -IMHO it knocks the spots off anything you'll take away on Britain's high streets.
The adults ate and had a pint of Black Sheep, while the kids went off to play with the young lambs - in the bar.
A great pub, with some real character. Highly recommended. They also do a few nice rooms, a family suite and are starting to convert part of their barn to form a bunk room to provide modest priced accommodation from October onwards.
I suspect the place will feature on my motorcycle tours in future years.
See both links. This one http://www.tanhillinn.com/ great website, and also this one, http://www.tanhillinn.co.uk/