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Homesick Brit Moves Entire Pub To Germany As He Misses ‘Scruffy English Boozer’

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Homesick Brit Moves Entire Pub To Germany As He Misses ‘Scruffy English Boozer’

A homesick Brit living in Germany has spent two years moving an entire pub from Yorkshire to Iserlohn. You can take a little tour of it here:

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Paul John Moss, 49, has been living in Germany for 25 years but admitted that he missed a 'scruffy but cosy English boozer'.

So when he saw the New Crown Inn in Bridlington had been sold to developers, to be turned into luxury flats, he decided to buy everything - the mahogany front bar, taps and even the old pint glasses.

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In a true labour of love, Paul painstakingly deconstructed the pub and shipped it 400 miles to Iserlohn, where he assembled it piece by piece.

After two years, he finally opened its doors to customers last week on 17 June.

Property developer Paul, originally from east London, said: "German pubs are nice, but there's just nothing quite like a scruffy but cosy English boozer.

"I guess the idea to set one up here came from selfishness - I missed British pubs so we decided to do something about it.

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"It's not something you can put your finger on but there's just such a nice, cosy vibe in an English pub - and we have managed to recreate that authentically here.

"So far it's been a raving success - we've had people giving great feedback and it's been packed every day.

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"We're in it for the long run and hope The New Crown will one day become a pillar of the Iserlohn community.

"My wife thinks I'm nuts - all my mates think I'm a hero."

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The pub, named The New Crown, is run by British couple Charles Gardner and Fleur Beakin, who are shareholders in the business and moved from the UK to take on the challenge.

The New Crown is offering punters traditional British fare - fish and chips, steak and ale pie, full English breakfast and a Sunday roast and even has UK staff.

It also serves up more than 70 beers, including classic British ales such as London Pride, Newcastle Brown Ale and Brewdog.

Paul said: "The German pubs here are nice, but they all have a similar clean, modern style - I wanted something more scruffy and traditional.

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"It's not just imitating an English pub, it really is an English pub - from the beer to the food and all the staff.

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"It's completely authentic.

"People have been loving it - there is such a positive atmosphere here, whether you're German or English.

"We've been packed every day so far, and with the added benefit of a heatwave, customers nearly drank us dry on our first weekend!

"It has a fantastic vibe and it's been worth the two-year wait."

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Topics: Interesting, Pubs

Claire Reid
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