The Green Tree, Patrick Brompton: Listed Yorkshire Dales pub re-opens after being closed for several years and debate over 'destination restaurant'
The Green Tree at Patrick Brompton, a Lower Wensleydale village near Bedale, has been shut since 2019 and fears were growing over the building’s poor condition.
The Grade II-listed 18th-century building was the vicarage for nearby St Patrick’s Church before its conversion into an inn.
It was sold to UK Estates Ltd, who attracted controversy when they applied for planning permission to re-open The Green Tree as a ‘destination restaurant’ with guest accommodation.
Although consent was granted by Richmondshire Council, it was agreed that the pub should retain its focus on serving the community as well as passing trade.
The operators, named as We The Green Tree Ltd, have been given a premises licence by North Yorkshire Council and will open 9am-12pm seven days a week, show outdoor films and host live music.
They have completed a major renovation of the building, and are now due to re-open this month. The management have shared images on social media of a ‘soft launch’ event that was held exclusively for residents of local villages.
Planning officers advised the developers to ensure that enough customer parking was provided to prevent visitors leaving vehicles on the main A684 road, and conditions were attached to the proposal.
Local councillors described The Green Tree as ‘the hub of the village, with quiz nights, quoits and darts teams’ and said at one point it ‘appeared to be doomed’ because of sensitivity around changes to the listed asset.