The Tan Hill Inn is generally recognised as being the highest inn in England at 1,732 feet (528 m) above sea level. The second highest is the Cat and Fiddle Inn, on the A537 road near the Derbyshire/Cheshire county boundary and with an elevation of about 1,690 feet (520 m), though recent measurements dispute Tan Hill's supremacy.
In 1995, the Tan Hill Inn became the first public house in the UK to be granted a licence to hold weddings and civil ceremonies, after new laws were brought in to allow couples to marry in places other than churches or registry offices. The pub once appeared in an advert starring Ted Moult for window fitting company, Everest, and more recently a Vodafone advert.
In May 2007, Kentucky Fried Chicken threatened legal action against the Tan Hill Inn for trademark infringement over the use of the term "Family Feast" on the inn's Christmas Day menu. But on 10 May 2007 KFC confirmed that it would not be pursuing the case.
Revellers celebrating New Year's Eve at the pub on 31 December 2009 were unable to leave the pub for three days as they were snowed in.