Pub aficionados must have thought they had died and gone to heaven. For three nights, drinkers at the Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest pub, have been trapped inside with beer, food and an Oasis tribute band for entertainment.
The pub’s manager said the 60-odd guests and staff had become one “big happy family” after being cut off by huge snow drifts since Friday evening. They survived Storm Arwen by playing board games, performing karaoke classics and watching comedies on a projector screen.
Yesterday evening, the pubgoers helped the staff put up Christmas decorations after a lazy, late breakfast and a Sunday roast served at a leisurely 5pm. Sleeping arrangements have been trickier with makeshift beds on the floor of the lounge and customers also on sofas or else sharing beds in nine guest rooms.
Nicola Townsend, 51, who has worked at the pub for more than a decade, spoke of her relief that they had been stuck with Noasis, a tribute band, rather than the real thing – since 72 hours with Liam Gallagher, one of the notorious bad boys of Britpop, may not have passed quite so peacefully. Even the four dogs trapped in the pub behaved themselves.