Nicholson's Pubs

Welcome to The Crooked Billet, your local pub in Leigh-On-Sea


The Crooked Billet is a pub of unique character within a traditional setting. Located in Leigh-on-Sea, we’re a short stroll from Leigh-On-Sea Train Station and Leigh Broadway. Sitting opposite Billet Wharf, home to the famous Osbourne Brothers Cockle Sheds, we’re proud to be the oldest pub in the town.

The Crooked Billet is a Nicholson’s Fish House, purveyors of the finest seafood, and we’re sure that you’ll enjoy our fresh catch every time. Why not complement it with a glass of fine wine, a taste of our extensive whisky and gin collections, or a perfectly poured pint. The locally sourced beer Adnams Southwold Bitter is our most popular cask ale. You can also try out the Jack Brand Dry Hopped Lager, as well as the Mosaic Pale Ale, and both are available on draught.

Find us


The Crooked Billet, 51 High Street,
Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 2EP

Tel: 01702 480289

A unique city centre pub with a rich history


Nicholson’s Pubs are known for their individual style, exciting stories, and charming personalities — and The Crooked Billet is certainly no exception.

Taking its name from a boomerang-shaped tree branch, The Crooked Billet is the oldest pub on the High Street, and the only one that’s not named after a shipping vessel.

Our 16th century tavern is a grade 2 listed building and boasts historic seafaring connections. It’s existence spans more than 160 years, from the early 1850s, where a club was formed here to help sick fishermen. The club became known as the Billet Club.

Find us

The Crooked Billet,51 High Street,
Essex,SS9 2EP

Tel: 01702 480289

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 22:00

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 10:00 - 23:00
  • Christmas Day 11:00 - 16:00
  • Boxing Day 11:00 - 21:00
  • New Years Eve 11:00 - 01:00
  • New Years Day 11:00 - 22:30



As a British brand with a heritage of 150+ years, we pride ourselves on our position as purveyors of perfect pints and unbeatable pies, with tempting dishes on our British pub classic menus.

Imagine taking your seat for starters we know you’ll like… Pulled Duck Croquettes and Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough, suited to every appetite.

And here’s something we can’t deny, we’re pretty famous for our hand-crafted specialty pies, including our brand-new Chicken and Truffled Oyster Mushroom Pie and our British Steak & Nicholson's Pale Ale Pie. Come out of the cold and try one for yourself, won’t you?

As well as our famous pies, we’ve got big twists on other classic pub food such as sausage and mash, mouth watering burgers and good old fish and chips. See our menu to discover them all.

Someone in your group got a sweet tooth? Here comes another British pub classic worth rushing to your nearest booth: our traditional new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble. This is British pub food, done right.



Here at Leigh-on-sea, we pride ourselves on serving an exquisite selection of perfectly-poured, ever-changing Cask Ales – including our very own Nicholson's Pale Ale, brewed by St Austell Brewery in Cornwall. You’ll also discover the wonders of our Gin Palace, featuring glorious gins from juniper-heavy and robust to sweet and fruity and every flavour profile in-between – all waiting at your local Nicholson’s in Leigh-On-Sea.