Tan Hill Inn is World Famous and we have celebrities come and visit
In the January 2009 edition of ‘Mountain Bike Magazine’, the Tan Hill Inn had a fantastic 6-page write up. In addition, January also saw the pub featured on TV in James May and Oz Clarke’s BBC series ‘Drink To Britain’ series. The pub is probably the most iconic venue in the whole of the British Isles and enjoys celebrity status in its own right.
Tan Hill Inn itself and the surrounding National Park area are World famous for many reasons. Without knowing it, you will probably have seen our area in a recent blockbuster film like ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’ and ‘Harry Potter’, ‘It Shouldn’t Happen To A Vet’ and ‘Pit Ponies’. Many television programmes have been shot in the Tan Hill area including ‘The Inspector Lindley Mysteries’, ‘Murder in Mind’, ‘Top Gear’, ‘The Fast Show’, ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, ‘Jude the Obscure’ and numerous foreign news and travel shows.
Television adverts have made the most of Tan Hill’s unique position and atmosphere to sell products. Most of you old enough may remember the now famous Ted Moult ‘Everest’ Double Glazing advert (the one with the feather) and more recently the ‘Vodafone’ ads featuring the ‘Wolf & Whistle‘ Pub. Both these were filmed at Tan Hill. But perhaps the best known television adverts from the early 1980’s were those for Everest Double Glazing. Who can’t remember the ‘feather dropping’ scene with Ted Moult. Visit Tan Hill and you can see the actual window and a feather above the bar! Last year ‘Everest’ returned and refitted our windows and doors as well as installing solar panels. Their 2008 TV advert featured Craig Doyle.
Kyle McClachlan (Twin Peaks and Sex in the City) starred in the Vodafone ‘Wolf and Whistle’ adverts shot at Tan Hill in the late 1990’s. Following the success of the Vodafone adverts it appeared we had created a bit of a monster! The only solution was to crack down on mobile phone use in the bar. Ailsa displays the pickled phones in a jar! This advert featured in many local and national newspapers and on BBC News. Pay a 50p fine or in they go!
Too many newspaper, magazine articles and books have been written about Tan Hill to list. Needless to say Tan Hill will continue to be a popular attraction for people wishing to make history and those who wish to follow in their footsteps. Here are a few Tan Hill Inn features:
Tan Hill hit the news again when it became the first Pub in the Country to hold a licence for Marriage ceremonies to take place on the premises. Many couples tied the knot in the Dining room then moved swiftly into the Bar to celebrate the event with a drink or two! Articles were featured in many local and national papers at the time.
Many famous people have graced the bar at Tan Hill; Mark Little aka Joe Mangel from ‘Neighbours’ popped in for a visit and fell in love with the area so much he moved here!….. and Jeremy Clarkson (BBC ‘Top Gear’) spent National No Smoking Day at Tan Hill….we wonder why? We have also seen actor Tony Caunter who played Roy Evans in ‘Eastenders’, actress Lorraine Chase of Campari advert and ‘Emmerdale’ fame and even ‘Python’ Griff Rhys Jones who had fun pulling pints behind the Bar.
Numerous magazine and newspaper articles have been written over the years describing the lifestyle and living conditions endured during the winter months at Tan Hill. It sometimes gets a little tough even for the sheep sometimes seen in the Bar getting a good feed and warmed up by the fire.