Yorkshire Dales pub The Farmers Arms at Muker reopens for Christmas

A well-known North Yorkshire inn is reopening for Christmas.

The Farmers Arms in Muker in Swaledale will reopen for Christmas following a period of refurbishment.
The Farmers Arms in Muker in Swaledale will reopen for Christmas following a period of refurbishment.

The Farmers Arms in Muker in Swaledale, which has been recently bought by former Rugby League player Andy Gascoigne, opens its doors on Wednesday, December 23.

It has been closed for the past three months for refurbishment. Festive food and drink will be served, with strict anti-Covid measures in place.

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Mr Gascoigne also owns the Haworth Steam Brewery, one of the country’s smallest independent microbreweries, and Haworth Gins.

He said: “Covid has played havoc with our refurbishment plans, but we have worked really hard to ensure our lovely inn is open for the local community over Christmas. Muker simply wouldn’t be the same if we were closed – the Farmers Arms is the heartbeat of the village.

“We will stay open until the New Year – and then close again so we can complete our thorough overhaul, which will restore the historic inn to its former glory.

“One of the highlights this Christmas will be the famous Muker Band playing and singing carols on Christmas Eve. This will be a really special occasion, especially after the challenging year we had all had.”

He added: “A short Christmas opening was not what my wife Mandy and I had in mind, when we bought the inn in the autumn. We had wanted to buy a pub for some time and we knew Muker and The Farmers Arms very well. It was the perfect fit.

“We’ve got some exciting plans for the pub and look forward to opening permanently early next year, Covid permitting.”

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