Birch Hall Inn is proud of the fact that it the smallest pub “you’ve seen far years.” The largest number of people recorded as being in the bar, as of July 2010, is 30 people and two small dogs. The Pub is located about 10 miles south of Whitby, in the tiny village of Beck Hole.
The earliest record of a building on the site is from the 1600s while the current two cottage arrangement appeared in the 1800s. The “big bar” has a few small tables around an open fireplace and a hatch in the wall that serves as the bar. The “little bar” is a tiny bar with access to the newly renovated outside seating area which looks over the river. Between the two bars is a sweet shop. The sweet shop was opened in the 1860s to sell provisions to the miners and railway workers who moved to Beck Hole. The interior of the Birch Hall in is of such historic significance that CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) listed it in its “National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.”
The cellar at Birch Hall Inn is, like the rest of the pub, tiny. When the current owners took over in 1981 there was only one beer pump – the rest of the beer was sold in bottles. Since then the owners have done their best to redress the balance and now stock a number of cask ales, ciders and perrys from local breweries. They have come along so far that the local branch of CAMRA voted Birch Hall Inn Pub of the Year in 2010. For hungry visitors there is a pub menu with pies from the local butcher, cakes, scones and the Beck Hole Butty – a flatcake make from wholemeal bread filled with ham, cheese, corned beef of pate.
Tel: 01947 896245
Address: Beck Hole, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5LE