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Pub Review: The Tannery, Great Ayton

Updated: Apr 9

In the picturesque village of Great Ayton, the childhood home of Captain Cook, is family-run craft ale bar, The Tannery.

The Tannery, Great Ayton

The Tannery, Great Ayton

What to expect at The Tannery

Inside this compact micro bar, a former hairdresser’s, one might be expecting a tight squeeze with a fight for chairs. However, resourceful utilisation of space – bar stools, window seats, high and low tables – and a substantial outside terrace give The Tannery a Tardis-like feel, with ample room for thirsty punters. This theme of abundance continues with the drink selection, too: an ever-changing assortment of cask and keg beers and ales are on offer, often local. The decor is minimalist without seeming cold; wooden benches and leather stools combined with low lighting and candles evoke speakeasy undertones. We especially love the jungle-themed wallpaper, complete with, (our favourites), monkeys!

The Tannery, Great Ayton

The Tannery, Great Ayton

What’s to drink at The Tannery?

The Tannery well deserves its inclusion in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, serving a broad range of rotating beers, always showcasing local breweries, along with offerings from further afield. Durham Brewery (Bowburn), Helmsley Brewing Co. (Helmsley), Brew York (York) and Wensleydale Brewery (Leyburn) are just some of our firm local favourites that are frequent Tannery guests. Take-away bottles and cans present an even wider range of options, especially if you’re after something out of the ordinary. Anything on draught can also be bought in 1-litre take-away containers. If spirits are more your thing, there’s a menu of over forty gins and a solid cocktail selection (some classic, some with a twist), expertly prepared by knowledgeable staff. For such a compact micro pub, The Tannery really does have something for everyone (even treats for the dog!) and achieves a great balance of wide choice and high quality.

The Tannery, Great Ayton

What’s on at The Tannery?

The Tannery hosts Charity Cheese nights (free cheese and snacks to raise money for a good cause) every Monday, Gin Club every Thursday (two premium G&Ts for only £9) and regular open mic and live acoustic music nights. Beer festivals are held a couple of times per year, such as 2023 Oktoberfest, which saw steins of German beers alongside pretzels and salami. In November and December 2023, The Tannery is collaborating with local business Ginger’s Catering, to provide afternoon tea in the pub on Saturdays. The Tannery’s touring bar can also be spotted at markets and festivals in the area. Keep and eye on The Tannery’s Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest info.

Where can I find The Tannery?

Great Ayton is a beautiful village just north of the North York Moors National Park and approximately 10 miles from the North Yorkshire coast. It's about a 20-minute drive from Middlesbrough and 25 minutes from Northallerton.

The Tannery is on The Arcade, just set back from Great Ayton High Street. Free parking spaces are abundant along the High Street.

The Tannery, Great Ayton

The Tannery, Great Ayton: Summary

- Wet pub

- Dog-friendly (dog treats on the bar!)

- Great selection of ales and beers on draught

- Take-away draught, bottles and cans

- Forty premium gins and spirits

- Monkey wallpaper!

- Outside terrace

Where can I find out more information?

For further information on opening hours, events and what’s on draught, follow The Tannery’s Facebook and Instagram pages and their website.

Do you love The Tannery in Great Ayton as much as we do? Let us know! Follow our blog for more pub reviews from North Yorkshire and get in touch if you'd like to recommend somewhere to review next.

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