Wensleydale pub reopens after £600,000 restoration

The Green Tree Inn.

A 300-year-old listed pub has reopened after a two-year renovation programme.

The Green Tree Inn, in Patrick Brompton, near Bedale, has been brought back to life by Leeds-based luxury pubs group Crazy Rabbit Inns.

The company says it will create 15 full and part time jobs.

The pub is the group’s second hospitality venue —  they have also invested in the Blue Lion at East Witton.

The company was founded by Yorkshire entrepreneur Collette Sunderland who bought the Green Tree Inn in 2021 after it had been closed for several years and fallen into disrepair.

Following a £600,000 restoration process that involved the complete refurbishment of the 18th century building, including the replacement of its stone-tiled roof, the pub has now reopened, with a 48-seat restaurant.

Collette said: “To say we have restored this old pub to its former glory would be an understatement.

“We have stripped this Grade II-listed, and very dilapidated building back to its bare bones and reimagined it as a perfect, cosy Dales pub, with superb food.”

She added: “The Green Tree is in an excellent location and the local residents have been following our progress closely, and we’re excited to welcome them back.

“We have also been receiving enquiries about accommodating local shooting parties, as well as from visiting parents of students who are boarding at the nearby Aysgarth prep school.

“Our guests can expect roaring fires, fabulous food and a warm welcome from our great team of local staff.”


The pub is run by group general manager Sam Harrison.

He says the Green Tree restaurant only uses locally-sourced seasonal produce and the pub serves ales from local breweries including Wensleydale, Theakston and Black Sheep.

Crazy Rabbit Inns was founded by Sunderland in 2021.

She acquired an interest in the Blue Lion Hotel at East Witton in 2022 and is undertaking an investment programme to update its rooms and modernise its kitchens.

“Crazy Rabbit is bucking the trend that saw some 400,000 British pubs close in the first six months of this year alone,” said Sunderland.

“There is a clear demand for the right sort of historic pub, offering outstanding food, wines, Beers and rooms in the right location, and we hope to build on our success with further investment and gastro inn openings from this Easter onwards.”


  1. Nice to see the Green Tree restored again, I lived in this pub with my mum and dad when I was a young lad when was run under Camerons. Hope to make a visit back in the near future.

  2. Thanks for the warning! Having no desire even to be in the same room as anyone who kills animals for fun I shan’t be going.

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