UKs newly-crowned wonkiest pub up for sale at £178k after Crooked House blaze

Britain has a newly-crowned "wonkiest pub" after the Crooked House in Dudley tragically burned to the ground.

The Tilted Barrel is located just five miles from the ruins of the boozer, which caught fire on August 5 of this year. The venue in Tipton, West Midlands is also lopsided thanks to mining subsidence in the 1800s.

Despite its outward appearance, the 200-year-old watering hole has remained a popular drinking spot. The Grade II listed building's interior was also recently given a brand new look by landlady Haych Mann, who took over management of the pub in February of this year.

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But despite pouring months of work into the refurbishment, Mann has now put the inn up for sale. The building is listed at just £178,000, an apparent bargain for such a historical pub – but as Birmingham-based auctioneers Cottons reckon it will actually sell for much more.

The agent's description reads: “An opportunity to purchase a famous Black Country Public House, known as The Tilted Barrel comprising of a Grade II Listed two storey detached premises of brick construction surmounted by a pitched slate clad roof, prominently situated at the junction of High Street and Parkes Lane.

“The property was constructed circa mid 1800's and was affected by mining subsidence at an early stage, resulting in the pubs recognisable crooked appearance and it is well documented in the media that since the recent demise of The Crooked
House pub at Himley, the Tilted Barrel is regarded as the most crooked public house in the UK.”

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Mann, 38, said it was a "bittersweet" moment to see the pub deemed Britain's wonkiest despite its very apparent slant – which at one point caused problems for pool players when balls on the table would appear to roll uphill.

She said: "Most of our regulars drank in the Crooked House too. I'm a local girl so I knew the pub well and we have lost an iconic pub in the Crooked House.

"So I'm both sad and proud at the same time to learn we might now have that title. It's certainly not something I'm celebrating as the Crooked House was a landmark and a piece of Black Country history," she continued. "It’s a bittersweet moment."

The pub is set to go under the hammer on October 25 and is being sold freehold. However there are a few catches – thanks to its Grade II listing status the new owner will likely have to keep the pub's appearance as it is.

But with some 1,315 square foot, two beer cellars and three store rooms, plus spacious living quarters, it could be the perfect purchase for any would-be pub owner.

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