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A pub with a nationally important historic interior
This pub is taken from the national inventory of historic pub interiors, CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country.
YORKSHIRE (NORTH) - Beck Hole, Birch Hall Inn
An historic pub interior of national importance
Beck Hole, Goathland, Beck Hole, YO22 5LE
Tel: (01947) 896245
Opening Hours: 11-11
Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale and Real Cider
Public Transport: Near Railway Station
Listed Status: Grade II
List Entry Number: 1295923
Listing Date: 1969
A unique time warp, lovingly preserved, comprising two simple rooms either side of a tiny village shop. The Birch Hall is an absolute gem of a pub, nestling in an idyllic valley setting which is hard to imagine having an industrial past. Yet, back in the 1860s, Beck Hole rang to the clamour of ironstone mines, furnaces, quarries and railway, and the three-storey, right-hand half of the premises was built (by the pub landlord of the time) as a shop with lodgings above for the influx of workers. The original pub was no more than a single room (essentially the Big Bar of today) in the 18th century cottage to the left, and it was not until after the Second World War that a second public room, the Little Bar, was created from part of the Victorian shop. The present owners are dedicated to keeping the pub unaltered and to preserving its old-fashioned simplicity; indeed, when they took over in 1981 they gladly accepted a condition of sale to do exactly this imposed by former landlady, Mrs Schofield, whose home it had been for 53 years. (Closed Monday evenings and all day Tuesday in winter).