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Pubs that have a bitter something different 3; Looking for a peculiar pub with an inn-teresting story behind it? Here are five of the best TRAVEL.

1 CROOKED HOUSE Himley, West Midlands THE Glynne Arms - better known as the Crooked House - was first built in 1765 as a farmhouse and later became a pub.

And no, you haven't had one too many, the whole place is on a slant.

Because of local mining in the 1800s, the building was badly affected by subsidence, meaning one side of the building is now four feet lower than the other.

Doors and windows are at odd angles, beer bottles slide down the tables and the floor slopes.

2 THE WHITE HART Canterbury, Kent THE pub was built on the ruins of St Mary's church, and the small park next door was once a graveyard. Tombstones remain lined up against the wall.

Inside, the cellar - which was once the mortuary to the church - still has a BODY CHUTE.

On the other side is an ancient Roman burial site. The pub could be said to be in the "dead centre" of Canterbury and is reportedly haunted.

This quaint pub is tucked away from the hordes of tourists and offers traditional, modestly priced pub grub.

3 THE HATCHET INN Bristol DATING from 1606 the Hatchet Inn has undergone significant alteration since and is a Grade 2 listed building.

Local legend has it that the front door, beneath the paint and tar, is covered with human skin.

The name is thought to originate from the axes that the local woodsmen used in Clifton Woods.

Nowadays the pub is just as famous for its live music, which you can enjoy as you have a skinful.

4 THE SKIRRID MOUNTAIN INN, Llanvihangel Crucorney, Monmouthshire THIS historic inn stands in the shadow of Skirrid Mountain near Abergavenny and claims to be the oldest public house in Wales.

During the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 the Skirrid doubled as a courtroom and place of execution.

Almost 200 rebels were hanged here from a beam in the pub's stairwell.

You can also see the slab on which the bodies were placed.

Despite this grisly history you'll find a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and, if reports are to be believed, the odd ghost.

5 THE RED LION, Ampney St Peter, Cirencester, Gloucestershire THERE'S no proper bar in this cosy Cotswolds pub, just two pumps coming out of the walls from which staff serve drinkers.

It's a 400-year-old country pub caught in a time warp where friendly conversation prevails.

There are two tiny rooms, and beer is served over one of the benches.

The indentations in the bar show where a china gin barrel used to sit.

No food at all, but keenly priced beer and oodles of atmosphere.
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