In the second part of two-part series of articles about the most fascinating pubs to be found in the islands of Great Britain we will introduce several more great and original places where the patrons can enjoy both a good drink and the charming surroundings.
Tan Hill Inn, North Yorkshire
Situated in a solitary location right out in the open moorland of Tan Hill in the Pennines, at 1,732 feet (or 528m) above sea level, Tan Hill Inn is Britain’s highest standing pub. Dating back to the 17th century, this scenic Inn has been featured in many television commercials and a few films over the years. And it’s pretty remote too – in 2009, blizzard conditions caused New Year revellers to be snowed in for three whole days. However, this is not the most remote locale we will talk about.
The Old Forge, Inverie
Standing a full 7.8 miles from the nearest other pub and only accessible by ferry (unless you fancy a 17-mile hike over hilly terrain) is The Old Forge in Inverie, Scotland. Proudly known as Britain’s remotest pub, the little village of Inverie has less than 70 year-round inhabitants. Inverie is cut off from the mainland by weathered mountains and the rough waters of Loch Nevis, and its roads are not connected to the main UK network – making it a truly remote.
The Old Forge itself is now happily owned by an ex Belgian city worker, and is completely free of Wi-Fi, TV or any other kind modern technology, but there are plenty of guitars, violins and other instruments lying about. Oh, and should you attempt the (not so) perilous journey on a Wednesday, you’ll find the pub closed. For the rest of week all year round, it’s open from 12.30pm until midnight.
The Canny Man’s, Edinburgh
Known for its signature Bloody Mary drink, this Edinburgh pub & restaurant was quirky before the concept of quirky even gained popularity. Famously labyrinthine inside, with a wee capacity of just 40, this local spot has a reputation for brilliance but might prove a frosty reception to some. With every nook and cranny stuffed full of historical artefacts, memorabilia and unusual dusty bottles, this is a pub to get lost in. The food is also highly rated too – we recommend the steak.
Just don’t get on the wrong side of the bar staff!
The Luppitt Inn, Devon
Built in the 19th century, this tiny little pub is about as stripped down as it’s possible to get. Situated, as the name suggests, in the Devonshire village of Luppitt, this inn has been run in the same family for over a 100 years. With only one table, usually covered in puzzles, a few wooden seats and a grand total of one beer (locally brewed, of course) available on tap – this is hardly your local Weatherspoon’s. However, if it’s a throwback 19th century family run experience you’re after, then you can’t really go wrong. Mary, the bartender, might also ask you to solve a little puzzle before she’ll pull you a pint. Keep an eye out for that!