Tan Hill to star in ITV drama Vera

Vera with DS Aiden Healy at Tan Hill.

The Tan Hill Inn will feature in the first episode of Vera to be screened this weekend.

Scenes for the hit ITV series were filmed at Britain’s highest pub in Arkengarthdale in May last year.

Chantelle Spedding, from the Arkengarthdale pub, said they had been told the pub was “central” to the first episode of the long-awaited tenth season of the show, which is normally filmed in Tyneside and Northumberland.

She said the new owners agreed to shut the pub for a week for filming to take place on the condition the pub’s name was not be changed for the show.

“The previous owners had taken a similar view when Waitrose  rolled up to say that wanted to use our beautiful inn for their most prestigious Christmas advert in 2017.

“There was never going to be a Dog & Duck sign on Tan Hills door. We are keeping our name, and so it was with Vera.”

She added: “After many cautionary tales about whether we wanted our pub associated to criminality and even murder, we could draw on Tan Hill’s past history and activities high on the hill and advised that there wasn’t much that they could throw at the show that hasn’t actually happened between these four walls of this historic inn, and thank you very much but keeping our name was a deal breaker.”

They agreed and so here we are excited to be part of this new journey.

“We are hoping to be inundated with lookalike Veras heading to our pub to scout us out just as Vera does in the episode. The fan clubs are massive and loyal.”

The pub is screening the episode in the bar when it is aired on Sunday, January 12 at 8pm.