The Interior and Exterior
The Sticklebarn Tavern was indeed a barn in days gone by. It has since been converted into a popular tourist pub with both a spacious interior and exterior. The interior has been split up into distinct areas and it appeared to have an upstairs seating area although this was closed when I visited.
I’m unsure when the building was converted into a pub but whilst interior retains the wooden beams in the ceilings, it does have a modern and perhaps slightly tacky feel to it. This is probably due to the cheap looking floor tiles.
The exterior garden has many benches and even on a busy day you should still find someone to sit and admire the view. And what a view. Located 7 miles from the nearest large town, you really do feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere.
The Beer and Food
There is a good selection of beer available at the Sticklebarn and when I visited in April 2011 there were five different ales available – Hobgoblin, two beers from Jennings, one from Keswick and one from Barngate. Prices are around £3.30 which is what you’d expect given the location of the pub.
Food is available but does appear to be quite overpriced especially considering the food appeared to be the usualy microwaved fayre you get in a lot of pubs. When I visited, most people were ordering bowls of chips as they were probably the best value item on the menu.
More Photos of the Sticklebarn Tavern
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