Sunday, 23 June 2013

A COUPLE WHO PACKS MORE 'PUNCH' THAN THE PREVIOUS OWNER!

THE RURAL & SUPERB CROOKED BILLET
It's always good to hear of a pub that's been transformed by sheer hard work, vision and enterprise - especially after this particular pub had basically, been 'on its arse' under the previous owner.

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
visited, there was one of the regulars in this part of the pub, drinking his cask ale from a 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.