The Countryman’s Inn was initially named The Oddfellows Arms. Records date back to 1849 where James Walker was listed as the Licensee, at this point the Oddfellows was listed with the Inn, 2 cottages and an acre of land. In 1984 the Oddfellows then changed its name to the Countryman’s Inn when the then owner, David Robinson, paired with landowner Richard Dunn from Manor Farm and provided the location for the first Hunton Steam Gathering – a key annual calendar date for the village and pub, when steam engines gather in the village and both locals and travelling enthusiasts can admire these historical pieces of engineering.
Throughout the years, The Countryman’s Inn has offered up to eight Bed and Breakfast rooms spread between the pub and neighbouring cottages and was one of the first inns in the area to serve food as well as local ales. The Countryman’s Inn was selected by the ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ cast and crew during production, where actors including Robert Hardy, Christopher Timothy, and Carol Drinkwater stayed and ate in the pub whilst filming was taking place.
The Countryman’s Inn is situated centrally within Hunton village in Lower Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. Hunton has an active community and houses an approximate 414 residents.
Throughout recent years, The Countryman’s has supported and hosted various traditional pub sports including dominoes, darts, and quoits, with the village’s teams successfully competing in various Upper and Lower Dales leagues throughout the years. In recent times, the pub has become a popular location for quiz nights, family days and more.