|THE RURAL & SUPERB CROOKED BILLET|
The Crooked Billet, in Worsthorne village, on the outskirts of Burnley had been struggling under its previous owner, Punch Taverns - so much so, it was placed on the market in 2011.
The pub in recent years had had various temporary managers - who didn't seem to care that the pub was deteriorating - and as a consequence, had really struggled - before it was eventually sold in March 2012.
The pub today, fifteen months on, is a shining example of a thriving, traditional free-house, rural boozer.
New owners, Alison Leigh and Paul Miller now have an establishment, that is a real hub of the community - a place that the village can be proud of.
There is now a superb range of cask ales - seven in total - with three from the local brewer, Worsthone, and two from Timothy Taylors, being permanent fixtures on the bar. The beers are from just £2.30 a pint.
A fine cross-section of clientele now frequent the pub; church groups, a mountain-bike club, walkers, a weekly Spanish class - as well as all the friendly regulars from the village and beyond.
It's a true traditional pub, with its 'snug' room - and when I
|PART OF THE SNUG- GEORGE WITH BARREL GLASS|
You look at the menu and it's simple,traditional 'pub-grub'. There was pie and peas for three quid and a hot beef sandwich for £2.50 - no rip-off prices at 'The Billet'!
I think Alison summed up their success story pretty well when she said:"The investment and hard work has paid off. All the old customers have now returned - many old friends too - those who knew me, from having worked at this pub for twenty years.
I am sure you will raise a glass to Alison and Paul - they who have rescued an ailing boozer from the 'Pubco Machine' - and turned it in to a community asset to be proud of.