Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Ice traps seven in well-stocked pub

The Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge between Hutton le Hole and Castleton in North Yorkshire, where seven people have been trapped due to the snow
The Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge between Hutton le Hole and Castleton in North Yorkshire, where seven people have been trapped due to the snow

A couple and five staff were trapped inside one of Britain's highest pubs for eight days because of the snow, a chef there has said.

The Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge, near Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, was cut off since Friday of last week, as 20ft of snow drifted against the 16th Century pub and bed and breakfast.

The couple, from Darlington, were trapped along with five members of staff until a plough made its way over the North York Moors and the man and woman managed to follow it back to the next town of Castleton.

However, the five employees have remained on site and will wait for the road to officially reopen, possibly on Sunday lunchtime.

Chef Daniel Butterworth, from Kirkbymoorside, admitted he had been talking to himself during the enforced lock-in.

At first the staff, all aged under 25, got stuck in to the drinks, he said, but on the third day they eased off.

"We haven't been getting ratty," he said. "It's been fun and we have had a laugh. We have been getting on with little jobs, having our tea, a drink, playing games and then going to bed. The bosses aren't here, they are snowed out. We have wireless internet here and the television works so we have been fine."

During the day, the Lion Inn seven have managed to get out onto the snow on improvised sledges made from beer trays. There remained plenty of food and the beer has not run out at the well-stocked inn, some 1,325ft above sea level.

But he admitted the icy internment had not been all fun.

"I have been going a bit crazy, doing weird things like talking to myself," he said. "Hopefully, we will get some more customers in when the road opens again. I could do with some more company. We have had people phoning up asking to get trapped in, but it's kind of boring now and I would like to go home."

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