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Published December 17th 2019
Epic tale of escaping pigs provides name for new town pub
There can't be many pubs named after a pair of runaway pigs. But such is the honour for the newest hostelry in the town of Tamworth in Staffordshire. The Crafty Two takes its name from the famous pair of Tamworth pigs that escaped while being unloaded from a lorry outside an abattoir in Wiltshire in January 1998. Later named Butch and Sundance after the hit movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the five month old pigs were on the run for more than a week before eventually being captured. Fortunately, the story had a happy ending as the Tamworth Two were spared before being bought and living out their days in an animal sanctuary.
The Crafty Two has just opened following a huge refurbishment
The Crafty Two in Corporation Street, Tamworth, was built in the early 1900s, and has apparently served as a major focal point in the town, including the venue where many young local men signed up to fight for their country in World War One. Its most recent role was as the Tavern in the Town pub which closed some three years ago. And now, following a major re-fit costing in the region of £400,000, The Crafty Two has emerged as a brand new pub for the people of Tamworth, having re-opened in September this year. The pub, which occupies a corner position, has a rustic but refreshed style to it. It has two substantial rooms either side of the bar which boasts a range of craft beers and cask ales, as well as hand mixed cocktails and a selection of gins. On the day I visited with a couple of friends, they were serving Tribune Cornish Pale Ale and Butty Bach beer.
The Crafty Two also has a great range of tasty food on offer, including a range of pies, tapas, burgers, paninis, salads and classic dishes such as cod and chips and sausage and mash. There are also small snacks and sharing platters available. On my visit, I chose a Tuna and Cheddar Panini with mozzarella, onion and mayonnaise in a ciabatta roll with a salad garnish at just £4.50. The pub is open from 12 noon until 11pm every day apart from Fridays and Saturdays when it stays open until midnight. Weekends are also when The Crafty Two often has live music to entertain its diners and drinkers. In warmer weather, the pub also has a large beer garden, with a sizeable covered area.