‘Britain’s wonkiest pub’ up for sale as punters fear losing 18th century boozer
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"Britain's wonkiest pub" has been put up for sale with punters worried the historic 18th century boozer may be forced to close for good.
The Crooked House in Dudley, West Midlands, has become a tourist attraction due to its unique leaning effect that means coins and marbles appear rolling uphill on the bar.
The building was constructed in 1765 (becoming a boozer in the 1830s) and now has one side 4ft lower than the other.
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It got its bizarre effect through subsidence caused by mining in the 1800s.
Locals now fear for the lopsided pub after it became one of 61 that brewers Marston's revealed would be sold off after a review of its UK estate.
The announcement came just months after The Crooked House underwent a makeover.
If a suitable buyer isn't found in time, it could be forced to close down.
Dudley resident Derrick McConell, 64, who has drank in the pub for more than 20 years, said: "It's a brilliant pub but it's had its issues like most despite it being such a unique place.
"I know they struggled following Covid and then had to fork out money on renovations.
"Because these old buildings require a lot of upkeep, I know a lot of the regulars are worried it won't get taken on. We genuinely fear for its future now.
"It would be a shame to lose it because there's no place like it elsewhere."
People have travelled from all over the world to the Black County to enjoy a pint at The Crooked House, many of whom say they feel like they’ve had one too many even before taking a sip.
America, Australia, Japan, China and New Zealand are just some of the places punters have come from.
It has been kept standing all these years, propped up by buttresses made of bricks and metal bars, and for regular Jim Knowlson, 54, it would be a shame to let this history topple into nothingness.
He said: "For me, it's a great chance for somebody to breathe new life into it.
"We're concerned for its future as we've seen so many pubs around here close for good. But this place is very special, it has to be saved for future generations.
"This is a chance to own what has been called Britain's wonkiest pub and Britain's drunkest pub. Surely there's some appeal there. It's a piece of history."
The Crooked House is one of a number of "non-core properties" Marston's is selling.
The buildings can be bought individually as well as in small groups or all together.
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