West Midlands wonkiest landmark up for sale - inside the 18th century pub which attracts thousands of tourists
Take a look around the lopsided West Midlands landmark dubbed ‘Britain’s wonkiest pub’
Pub lovers are being given the chance to own a historic 18th century bar in the West Midlands dubbed ‘Britain’s wonkiest pub’ amid fears it could be closed for good after 192 years.
The Crooked House, in Himley, Dudley, has attracted visitors from across the world due to its unique leaning effect which causes several illusions. Bartenders often leave customers amazed with the trick of coins and marbles being able to seemingly roll uphill along the bar.
The building was constructed in 1765 as a farmhouse but became a pub in the 1830s with people flocking to see how one side is 4ft (1.2m) lower than the other. But the unlikely tourist attraction now faces an uncertain future after brewers Marston’s announced it was being sold - just months after undergoing a makeover.
The Crooked House is one of 61 pubs which the group revealed would be sold off after a review of its UK estate. Locals are now worried the popular lopsided pub could be closed for good unless a suitable buyer is found.
Derrick McConell, 64, of Dudley, who has drank in the pub for more than 20 years, said the venue had struggled to get back on its feet following the pandemic. He added: “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.”
Originally called ‘The Siden House’, meaning crooked in Black Country dialect – the pub got its bizarre effect through subsidence caused by mining in the 1800s. People from as far as America, Australia, Japan, China, New Zealand have travelled to have a pint at the Black Country pub over the years.
Pub-goers often say they feel like they’ve had one too many before they’ve even touched a drop when they stagger through the slanted front door. The odd structure is kept standing as a result of being propped up by buttresses made of bricks and metal bars.
Another regular, Jim Knowlson, 54, added: “For me, it’s a great chance for somebody to breath 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. Its a piece of history.”
Wolverhampton-based Marston’s is selling the pub alongside dozens of other ‘non-core properties’. They will be available to purchase individually, in small groups or as a group package.
Take a look around The Crooked House here: