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KFC licked by pub in menu fight
Tan Hill Inn (top) and Kentucky Fried Chicken
KFC asked the Tan Hill Inn to drop "family feast" from their menu
An American fast food giant has backed down in a row with a North Yorkshire country inn amid claims the pub is using one of its trademark phrases.

The Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in England, had been told by Kentucky Fried Chicken to remove the words "family feast" from its menu.

KFC's lawyers said the company had registered the wording as a trademark.

But hours later the American firm's lawyers decided not to pursue the issue of the pub's meal description.

KFC's lawyers were first alerted to the use of the phrase by the pub, which stands 1,700 feet (520m) above sea level, after finding a reference to it on the inn's website.

April Fool's

The Tan Hill's owners then received a letter asking them not to use the "family feast" description for the festive meal, which includes Guinness and stilton pate, roast turkey and Christmas pudding.

Owner Tracy Daly said she thought the original letter was a late April Fool's joke.

It's an unusual situation that has been blown out of all proportion

But on Thursday Ms Daly was contacted by the fast food firm's representatives and told of the change of heart.

"They have very kindly said we can continue using the name.

"Common sense has prevailed. I'm very relieved and ecstatic.

"I'm not going to need my boxing gloves anymore. I've invited KFC to come here and have a meal and shake hands."

A spokeswoman for KFC said: "KFC has to protect its trademarks against those who seek to trade off its brand.

"KFC has spoken to Mrs Daly at the Tan Hill Inn and confirmed that it will not take this case any further.

"This means that Mrs Daly can continue to use the phrase 'family feast' on the pub's Christmas menu.

"It's an unusual situation that has been blown out of all proportion."

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