East Yorkshire boozer completely dismantled then rebuilt in Germany

A “proper” British boozer once frequented by pubgoers in a busy seaside town in East Yorkshire is now a focal point for a different crowd of drinkers, almost 600 miles away in Germany.

Former University of Hull student Paul Moss, now a property developer, bought all the fixtures and fittings, right down to the dirty drinking glasses, of The New Crown and shipped them over to Iserlohn, near Dortmund, where he has recreated the pub in all its nostalgic glory.

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After a brief opening during Euro 2020 for the England V Germany game, the German version of The New Crown is now preparing to fully launch on August 2, complete with English beer on tap and a menu boasting the likes of bangers and mash and fish, chips and mushy peas.

Paul said: “It had to be a proper English pub. It really seems to have struck a chord with people.



The New Crown as it was in Quay Road, Bridlington
The New Crown as it was in Quay Road, Bridlington

“I would say that 90 per cent of our customers are German – the place where I live is a former garrison town and there are quite a few half English, half German people here and there are quite a few English who stayed after the Army left, and they come and see us.

“But the Germans love our English traditions as well.”

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Paul, 50, and a few willing helpers spent a week stripping The New Crown, in Quay Road, and transferring everything to a container back in September 2019, after he spotted the pub for sale.

“I didn’t need to look at any others,” he said. “We took everything, the only thing we left behind was some rubbish.”



The original pub still had dirty drinking glasses and unfinished pints left on the bar when Paul bought it
The original pub still had dirty drinking glasses and unfinished pints left on the bar when Paul bought it

The father of two has since been restoring a former Greek restaurant in Iserlohn, that he bought as one of his development projects, with the innards of the pub.

It has the two mahogany bars, leather built-in seating and stained glass, as well as the original inn signs.

The outside has a feel of England, too, with a traditional red BT phone box and a London black cab parked outside.

“My business is usually buying old houses, renovating them and renting them out, but I happened to buy a place in the town where I live now and where my wife, Heike, is from.

“It was a Greek restaurant that had closed down – we’re not really interested in gastronomy or in having a restaurant or bar, we were more interested in making it into flats – but we were at a steakhouse across the road, enjoying a steak and a bottle of red, and I just said to her, ‘why don’t we have an English pub?’.



Paul has kept all the traditional features in the German version of The New Crown
Paul has kept all the traditional features in the German version of The New Crown

“She loved the idea, her only stipulation was I didn’t run it myself,” said Paul, who lived in Albert Avenue, in Hull, and in Cottingham, while he was studying at the University of Hull.

He met Heike in a cocktail bar in Greece, while she was on holiday, and she ended up moving to Hull and working in the hotel industry.

“We enjoyed our time in Hull but then we came to Germany and I got quite successful in property development,” said Paul, who has lived in the country for about 25 years and has a son and daughter.

“I didn’t want a German bar done out in English style, it had to be a proper English pub, so I started researching on the internet. When I found The New Crown, I bought it immediately and spent a week taking it apart.

“It had been left exactly as it was when it closed, there were still the dirty glasses.”



Everything was salvaged from the Bridlington pub, from doors to signage
Everything was salvaged from the Bridlington pub, from doors to signage

Paul announced his plans for the “new” New Crown early last year, just before the pandemic hit, and he said it had really fired people’s imaginations.

“We’ve had so many followers and we’ve been on TV and in the papers.”

Paul was finally able to open on June 17 this year and said the pub was “absolutely swamped”, causing a few teething troubles.

“We collapsed under the pressure, really,” he said. “People were waiting too long and we didn’t have enough staff, we weren’t organised enough.”



Customers have been enjoying the 'proper' English pub in its new surroundings
Customers have been enjoying the ‘proper’ English pub in its new surroundings

After a brief closure, The New Crown Iserlohn was open again and able to host a limited number of patrons for the England V Germany game of the Euro 2020 competition, on June 29, but Paul has since chosen to close again, to iron out any remaining problems.

He is looking forward to a full reopening on Monday, August 2, with a new team at the helm.



Paul is delighted with 'the little piece of England' he has recreated
Paul is delighted with ‘the little piece of England’ he has recreated

Serving a typical British Sunday roast, as well as burgers, ribs and steak and ale pie, washed down with a choice of Guinness, Strongbow, London Pride or a BrewDog craft beer, among others, Paul thinks he has the recipe for success at the pub.

“We have quite a lot of well-known English beers on draught and about 70 different bottled beers as well, all from the UK.

“We have had a few supply chain problems on the drinks because of Brexit and Covid as well.”

Paul said he has loved seeing the pub project come to fruition: “It’s quite a weird situation for me bringing over a piece of England to where I now live and seeing it in the centre of everything here.”