Birch Hall is a Grade II listed pub in the North Yorkshire Moors settlement of Beck Hole. It dates back to the 1600s, with the oldest traces appearing in an old magazine, where a painting by W.F Wells depicts The Birch Hall Inn as a nameless edifice.
The tiniest pub you will ever come across is known to have been officially founded as a pub in 1860. It is made up of a couple of small bars and a sweet shop in the middle and is popular with holidaymakers and hikers. It’s found 10 miles away from Whitby and is well worth a visit.
It’s a well-known hangout for pub aficionados, and it’s well-known for its eccentricities. In essence, we’re talking about two age-old taverns, one with a fully stocked sweet shop in the centre and the other with a terrace garden out back, pouring a handful of good ales to hikers, locals, and in-the-know visitors.
The wood-beamed interior is like a snapshot of the past with the tiny serving hatch the old-fashioned black and white photos that adorn the wall. The old wooden seats give the inn a warm nostalgic feel that reminds you of a simpler time.
Outside the white-washed pub has an old enamel sign, black wooden shutters and old bridge that give the place a beautiful postcard look that will make you feel at home.
They serve hand-pulled cask beer and also serve up some brilliant local independent breweries giving a local flavour to the traditional pub. They also serve a selection of hot drinks as well. If you’re looking for a bit of grub after a decent walk then get stuck into their range of butties, homemade scones, pies or their famous beer-cake.
The small pub was named pub of the year in 2014 by the prestigious real ale group CAMRA.
Why not book a stay at their self-catering cottage next door and explore the Beck Hole area. Beck Hole is a beautiful place to visit around the Eller Beck that eventually meets the River Esk and on to the sea.
There are plenty of beautiful scenic routes to take in the North York National Park to take advantage of whilst you visit what might be the smallest pub ever.
If you’d like to find out more or pay the pub a visit, visit their website here for more information.
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