This pub is best known as the "Aidensfield Arms" in ITVs long-running police series "Heartbeat", set in the North Yorkshire Moors village of Aidensfield, a fictionalised version of Goathland (note the second, smaller pub sign on the side wall). Earlier episodes featured the actual interior of the pub, though they have now built a version on set. The Goathland Hotel genuinely has the feel of an old-style Yorkshire pub, and to this day walkers kick their boots off and sup a pint of Flowers IPA or Camerons Strongarm after a hike on the Moors. In reality, however, the interior is relatively new, though in a retro style. There's a lounge area to the rear, and a kind of no-man's-land in between, where regulars sit. Two family rooms indicate that children are welcomed. There's also a very open beer garden enjoying a splendid view over the Moors. Sadly, near-Arctic conditions on our visit precluded an al fresco pint.
Reviewed by kentish_man
30 Oct 2008