A new Micropub has opened in Illwell Town. The Crooked Lean is said to be smaller than most Micropubs making it especially unroomy. A selection of local and guest ales and wines can be found in the confines of this Grade 7 listed building that was previously a toy shop and before then, a Butchers.
On the opening night we were treated to beers with such diverse names as Sinking Sensation and Canal IPA. The owner of The Crooked Lean, Michael Fist, said, “I hope to be extended the business and adding a Micro-Brewery. It would be great to have Illwell Ale on sale. At the moment, we have to stock from what’s available outside Illwell, like Bisley Bitter, but hopefully we’ll be able to improve on that in the future”.
Based on the more traditional of public houses, there is no generically upholstered furniture or massive slot machine. There are board games and odd shaped chairs and tables. Music is played through a tiny speaker. A chalkboard lists the beverages on offer which include ciders of every strength you can image. Prices are lower than the average Chain Pub such as Fairweather’s and there is such a variety to choose from. You can even take beer away in a bag!
There are problems that come with a tight venue as Mr. Fist explained. “We do have our problems. Space is one of them. We need to plan well when it comes to stock. There is also a problem with smelly customers in such a small space and, unfortunately, we have to say something for the greater good”.
When asked why Mr. Fist named the pub The Crooked Lean, he replied, “It was named after a novel I dreamt I’d read”.