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The Crooked House Public House

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by Simone Ribeiro (subscribe)
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Published May 27th 2013
Midlands gem: The Crooked House

That's right! A pub somewhat different (inside and outside) is one of the most interesting attractions for those who pass by Dudley, in the West Midlands.

A building dated by 1765 had one of it sides sloping after the effects of local mining in the nineteenth century, resulting in one side sinking four meters lower than the other. Condemned to demolition in 1940, the pub was recovered by brewers of that particular region and it's now known as The Crooked House. It is a very inviting public house that serves good ales and gorgeous food. It is also a peculiar place to drink, for obvious reasons.

Optical illusion indeed

Despite the difficult access, located in a secluded road between Dudley and Telford, the pub has welcomed tourists from around the world for the curious experience of drinking a pint of beer in the place where the different floor level. Angled walls and windows causes an intriguing sense of optical illusion that is just bonkers.

Ales, anyone?

If the optical illusion intrigues you on the outside, inside the feeling is of visiting in a very cosy establishment with a bit of a kick.

Its decor is based on a typical and traditional English pub of the Black Country region, with a cosy fire to warm you up before the drinks and meals. The friendly staff will be more than happy to tell you all the history behind this famous venue.

The only recommendation to anyone thinking about paying a visit to The Crooked House soon is minding (or not) the amount of pints you drink, because the alcohol content in the body can make it very difficult to get around inside (or outside) of the establishment. Very wicked experience indeed and don't forget to do the marble trick, of course!
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Why? Crooked and wicked pub
When: Tuesdays to Sundays
Phone: 01384 238583
Where: West Midlands
Cost: 8 - 12
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