On Friday, November 26th, dozens of patrons packed into England’s highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn, for an evening of drinking and music. Seeking refuge from some winter weather, the Yorkshire pub-goers enjoyed tunes from Noasis, an Oasis cover band, while snowflakes trickled down outside.
By the end of the evening, however, Storm Arwen had brought massive snow drifts due to 98mph winds, downed power lines, and blocked the roads leading away from the inn, stranding over 60 people inside. With the drifts piling over three feet of snow in front of the pub’s exits, local authorities advised patrons to stay off the roads.
While some off-roaders took a few parents home to their children and a mountain rescue group made the trek to evacuate one person who needed treatment for an unrelated medical condition, about 50 people remained on Monday morning—over 48 hours since they first arrived. Some stayed in pre-booked rooms at the Inn, whereas others got comfortable on couches and mattresses splayed across the floor.
After entertaining her guests with movies, karaoke, and trivia, Tan Hill Inn General Manager Nicola Townsend told the New York Times that on Monday afternoon, a plow had cleared the way for many to return home.
“We’ve only got two of our guests left,” said Townsend. “Young girls who are not confident to drive on the roads as they are, so they’ll stay tonight and go home tomorrow.”
“We’ve had such a good time meeting new friends, getting to know new people,” Townsend continued, noting that nobody had gotten too loud or drunk in an effort to be “respectful of each other.”
Despite having to cancel a Saturday night gig at The Bocking Arts Theatre in Braintree, Essex, Noasis remained in good spirits. The band thanked the Tan Hill staff upon its exit earlier in the day.
#noasis have left the building! Thanks to everyone for your messages of support, thanks to Mike, Nicola and all of the staff, Kendal Mountain Rescue and thanks to everyone for the camaraderie within the venue – it’s been emotional! #Snowasis https://t.co/V5gsfOEHL0
— Noasis Oasis-Tribute (@NoasisOfficial) November 29, 2021
In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Ms. Townsend explained that Noasis made the best of its time at the Tan Hill Inn, treating the stranded guests to some acoustic sessions while they waited for the plows to clear their exit.
Watch Nicola Townsend discuss the situation with BBC Breakfast below and scroll down for some images from the weekend, courtesy of Tan Hill Inn’s Instagram.
An Oasis tribute band are among those trapped at Britain’s highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn, in the Yorkshire Dales due to heavy snowfall. 🌨️☃️
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) November 29, 2021
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