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Final landlord of The Crooked House welcomes decision to rebuild Britain's wonkiest pub

The last landlord of The Crooked House has welcomed the decision to rebuild Britain's wonkiest pub - and spoke of his hopes of it reopening as a popular boozer.

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Lee Goodchild and Nicole Ross in front of Crooked House pub

Lee Goodchild, 46, ran the iconic watering hole in Himley, near Dudley, from September 2022 until it shut down for good in June 2023.

Just two months later, the historic building was destroyed in a suspected arson attack on August 5 before being demolished two days.

Today it emerged South Staffordshire Council has served an enforcement notice ordering the owners to rebuild the pub following its 'unlawful demolition'.

Lee said: "I think it's excellent news - it is what everybody wanted to happen, for it to be rebuilt, and now that looks like its going to happen.

"Whether it will ever open as a trading pub remains to be seen but at least people are going to get to see the Crooked House rise again.

"I would love it to become a pub again, it deserves to be a pub, but whether that can be enforced as part of the action, who knows.

"It is still technically their land and building so can they force them to? But once its rebuilt it is certainly going to look like a pub.

"I imagine it's going to cost millions of pounds. The place was very unique and recreating that isn't going to be easy.