No. not that Richmond.  I need trauma counselling after a trip there.

This is the real one, home (well, close) to a recent CAMRA Pub of the Year and generally considered one of our great towns.


Now, that is a beautiful bit of Ordnance Survey, but I’d never quite got it, till last week.

But in the garden of the Holly Hill Inn, it suddenly clicked.

View from a (Holly) Hill

In an isolated hamlet a steep mile out of town, this is a fantastically plain local, in the best sense of the word.


The only mystery was the red gloves, perhaps an art installation to accompany Kate Bush’s Red Shoes, but probably not.

All your favourites.  And welding gloves

The George and Dragon down the road has the lengthier beer list, but the Holly Hill is almost as welcoming, and thriving with diners on a raised level and tradesmen humming along to “Park Life“.  Yes, 1995 has reached North Yorkshire.

Once again Black Sheep shows itself the best bet in Masham, a strong and tasty NBSS 3

Creamy head
Red gloves being debated at the bar

But enough of beer.  You only read this blog for the weird stuff in loos.

It doesn’t get much weirder than this.  I don’t know why but I’m looking for Mark Crilley to interpret this art piece.

Don’t try this at home

And yes, I DID take my glass back.



  1. T’other Richmond is where my ancestor John Lewis was a brewer.
    This Richmond I only know from walking the Coast To Coast path.


  2. The Holly Hill has been in and out of the GBG for many years, so I’m perhaps a bit surprised you’ve never been there before.


    1. North Yorkshire, along with Devon and northern Scotland, are the weak spots on my map of GBG completion.

      There’s quite a few north of York and up toward Teeside I need to do. Increasingly variable opening hours don’t help (not to mention a lack of trains). I think Simon completed North Yorks for the first time last year and it’s his home county !

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  3. “and tradesmen humming along to “Park Life“ –Always love little details like this.

    As for my interpreting that art piece, clearly you’re just trying to get me in trouble! I’m sure there’s a wholesome, high-minded way of looking at it, but I’ll be damned if I can think of one…

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