New owners take over Britain’s highest pub

The Tan Hill Inn. Photo: Mike Dobson.

New owners are to take over at the Tan Hill Inn – the highest pub in Britain.

Louise and Mike Peace, who have run the pub for the last 13 years, have sold up and are moving on.

Under their stewardship, the pub’s reputation as a quirky and eccentric venue has, it is fair to say, been enhanced.

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Tan Hill has made headlines on numerous occasions during Louise’s time as landlady.

In 2007, it was threatened with legal action by multi-national company Kentucky Fried Chicken over the right to call their Christmas meal a “family feast”.

The pub originally found fame after featuring in a commercial for Everest double glazing in 1986 which starred Ted Moult.

Viewers watched as a feather dropped by Moult fell gently to the floor while a gale raged outside.

In 2010 the pub made an appeal after the framed feather dropped by Moult disappeared from the bar during a stag party.

At New Year in 2010 further articles were written about the pub after heavy snow meant revellers were trapped inside for three days.

The venue at the top of Arkengarthdale has played host to a number of big name bands in recent year, including Arctic Monkeys and Scouting For Girls.

Louise and Mike Peace take down the name plate above the door. A defibrillator has recently been installed at the pub.
Louise, who on the pub’s own website is described as “kind-hearted and sharp-tongued”, and was described by one visitor as the “rudest landlady in Britain”, said in a farewell post on social media that it had been a long 13 years.

She added: “(It’s been) a very long ride of all sorts of happenings – it’s no easy ride.

“There’s been so many spectacular moments, days, weeks, months, a few hard moments, days, weeks, months, but i  have never once given up on Tan Hill.

“It’s a place that deserves love to the end, and so I and my staff will continue to the end.”

The pub, which had been up for sale for £900,000, has been taken over by business partners Andrew Hields and Mike Kenney.

Andrew, a businessman from the Leeds and Bradford area, who will manage the pub, said he was excited by the challenge.

The new landlord said if you were not careful Tan Hill “could run you”, rather than the other way around.

He said his aim would be to improve the service without losing the character of the pub or diluting the Tan Hill image.

Andrew added: “We have no plans to make massive changes.

“We just want complement what Tan Hill already does well and make improvements where we can.

“Listening to people will be key to it all.”

Andrew said he they would work with local suppliers wherever possible and also aimed to improve the pub’s use of sustainable energy.

Louise and Mike are holding two leaving events on June 15 and 17.

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1 Comment

  1. We went up there for a ride out on our bikes last bank holiday, met up with my wife and five other girl biker’s how as already there. The food was ok, the only Criticism their was not enough staff working for the amount of people that arrived there. Regards mike

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