Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole

Beck Hole
North Yorkshire
YO22 5LE
01947 896245

About a mile down the hill from the village of Goathland, the Birch Hall is the focal point of the tiny hamlet of Beck Hole. It’s clearly in two parts, one compact and whitewashed dating from the 18th century, and the other a 19th century extension, tall and with a frontage of local sandstone.

Inside, the pub is a timewarp, an amazing survivor with simple fittings and flagged floors. There are two tiny bars served by hatches, and one of them still includes the village sweetshop. It has been in the same ownership for 40 years, and the previous owner, Mrs Schofield, had lived there for 53 years. On passing the pub to its new owners she had insisted that nothing be changed.

The pub is no stranger to the Good Beer Guide and there is a choice of three real ales, including Beckwatter, specially brewed for the pub by the North Yorkshire Brewery. Sandwiches made with bread from Bothams of Whitby, and pork pies made by Radfords butcher in Sleights are the perfect match to your pint of Beckwatter.

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