Tan Hill Inn has been cut by snow before and is in the Waitrose advert

Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? Let’s hope the current lockdown doesn’t last until Christmas (Image: Waitrose)

Can Waitrose predict the future? Some people who go to the pub stuck may not be hoping for that.

Dozens of people have been stranded for three nights at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales after heavy snow and downed power lines knocked the pub down.

Drinkers headed to the UK’s tallest pub, 1,732ft above sea level, on Friday night to see Noasis – a tribute band to Oasis.

But when a blizzard hit and dumped 3 meters of snow on the pub About 61 people, including the tribute band, were trapped.

While some rooms were available there were no beds for everyone, and the photos showed everyone settling into sleeping bags and doing with mattresses on the floor.

Mountain Rescue helped get one person medical treatment and some managed to leave in 4×4 seconds on Saturday – but the rest stayed.

Spirits have been kept high by decorating the bar with Christmas decorations, impromptu quizzes, karaoke, movie screenings and communal meals.

The Inn has also updated the outside world on how people are doing through social media.

Some guests trapped at Tan Hill Inn claimed they ‘didn’t want to leave’ (Image: PA)

Pub manager Nicola Townsend has been strict with bar openings and doesn’t allow anyone to enjoy alcohol before 3pm.

The kitchen has run out of hot dogs and the temperature outside has also dropped below zero, but the overall situation has been described as ‘lovely’.

Nicola said: ‘It was lovely and everyone was in very good spirits…it was a really good atmosphere.

‘They have formed a pretty close friendship… like one big family is the best way I can describe it.’

One of those trapped even said they didn’t want to leave the 17th-century pub when the snow melted and planned a reunion in the next 12 months.

Pub-goers are stuck keeping spirits high in the Tan Hill Inn by hosting quizzes and playing games (Image: PA)

If it all sounds like something other than a Christmas cheerleader – that’s because it is.

In 2017, Waitrose chose the Tan Hill Inn as the setting for a festive ad that saw a group of villages cut off by a blizzard on Christmas Day.

The captivating black-and-white 90-second film shows villagers making their way to a secluded pub on a snowy Christmas holiday for festive drinks and board games.

All was well and happy until a short shot showed the weather outside taking a turn for the worse and the pub covered in heavy snow.

It’s all games and fun until you look out the window and see snowflakes drifting by (Image: Waitrose)
Who wouldn’t choose to be stuck in a pub with a Waitrose party? (Image: Waitrose)

The people inside the pub soon realized they were trapped and couldn’t even open the front door because of the heavy snowfall.

For anyone unsure of what was going on, one pub visitor even exclaimed ‘we got snowed in, couldn’t get out’, followed by collective gasps. .

Clocks flashed showing the passage of time while people looked out of the Inn’s windows as the blizzard raged outside.

Then inspiration struck and the villagers rummaged through the pub’s cupboards and found them fully stocked with just Waitrose products.

Before long, young and old were jostling to boil carrots, unwrap cupcakes, and set a Waitrose feast on the table.

It’s unclear how long the villagers were trapped in the tavern, but just as they were about to sit down for dinner, rescuers arrived at the front door.

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In 2010 and 2013, punters had to sit in the same pub for five days when a blizzard caused impassable sleds.

But those currently stuck at the Tan Hill Inn can hope that art doesn’t mimic life too closely – with a few weeks to go before Christmas, the excitement of being stuck can turn into fever in the morning. cabin on December 25.

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Huynh Nguyen

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