Customers snowed-in at Britain's highest pub for three nights finally able to leave - 'They were quite sad'

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Undated handout photo of snow at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales. Issue date: Sunday November 28, 2021.
The snowy scene at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday. (PA)

Customers stuck inside a pub for three nights after it was cut off by snow have finally been able to leave.

Some 61 guests at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales were stuck over the weekend after drifting snow covered cars and blocked roads as a result of Storm Arwen.

Many had gone to the venue to see an Oasis tribute band perform on Friday night, but ended up being snowbound.

Guests whiled away the hours by taking part in a range of activities organised by staff, including a quiz and karaoke.

Watch: Customers snowed in for third night in a row at Britain's highest pub

At about 11am on Monday, a snow plough and a gritting lorry operated by North Yorkshire County Council managed to lead guests to freedom.

Tan Hill Inn manager Nicola Townsend told Yahoo News UK on Monday: “There’s barely anybody left now. There are just a few people left.

“The plough and the gritter got up in the morning and people followed them out.”

She said many guests had mixed feelings about finally going home.

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“Some were quite sad about going,” she said.

“Some were quite happy to be going home to get some clean clothes on. 

“There’s been a lot of goodbyes. A lot of people have made new friends.”

Ms Townsend said there had already been talk of a reunion involving the snowbound guests next year.

Undated handout photo of stranded guests taking part in a quiz at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales. Issue date: Sunday November 28, 2021.
Stranded guests taking part in a quiz at the Tan Hill Inn. (PA)
Undated handout photo of snow at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales. Issue date: Sunday November 28, 2021.
Guests were trapped for three nights at the Tan Hill Inn because of Storm Arwen. (PA)

She admitted: “I’m tired today. It’s been a really positive weekend. Nobody has grumbled, everybody has got on with it.”

Oasis tribute act Noasis provided entertainment for the guests in the days after their Friday night gig at the 17th century hotel.

Read more: Customers and staff trapped at highest pub in Britain

Guests shared large bedrooms, while some slept on makeshift beds and mattresses on the floor.

The pub, which is located at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level, is the highest in the UK.

On Saturday evening, guests thanked the seven members of staff stuck inside with them by presenting them with a jar filled with about £300 in cash.

Undated handout photo of snow at the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales. Issue date: Sunday November 28, 2021.
The Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales is Britain's highest pub. (PA)
Undated handout photo of snow in the doorway of the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales. Issue date: Sunday November 28, 2021.
Snow blocks the doorway of the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales. (PA)

On Sunday, the pub laid on a traditional lunch before guests and staff worked together to decorate the bar for Christmas and prepare for an evening of karaoke.

After getting snowed in, a tunnel was dug out of the front door of the pub, but nearby roads were not yet usable in part due to fallen power cables.

One guest, Martin Overton, 44, a BBC rugby league commentator who stayed in his campervan at the pub, had said: “Everyone is looking after each other.

“I have learned that when you come to the Tan Hill Inn, you need to take the forecast seriously.

“The place is very exposed. It is what makes it special but in future I will pack a few more warm clothes and a couple of shovels.”

Watch: Storm Arwen brings snow to parts of the UK

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