Games retailer Liberty Games reveal the winner of ‘Britain’s Best Home Bar’ competition, with the prize of a year’s supply of free beer.
Over the past month, Liberty Games have been on the hunt to find the best home bars in Britain. The games retailer asked the British public to send in photos of their pub-style setup, to be in with the chance of being crowned ‘Britain’s Best Home Bar’, as well as winning a year’s supply of free beer.
A staggering 371 entries from across the UK were whittled down to just 15 finalists last week – but now, Liberty Games can reveal Britain’s Best Home Bar, and the winner of a year’s supply of free beer. You can view the full announcement in a blog post here.
Lee Morris from Albrighton’s bar has been crowned Britain’s Best Home Bar.
Lee’s pub really has it all, from a fully stocked bar and flat-screen TV to a darts board and foosball table, all in his back garden.
The pub is called the Albert Arms and is located in Albrighton on the border of the West Midlands and Shropshire.
Talking about when he built the bar, Lee said: “The pub is all handmade by myself using a lot of recycled materials. I’ve had the pub for about 7 years and we’ve had many good curry nights. It really does give you that ‘Friday night feeling’.”
Lockdown hasn’t been a problem for Lee, as he has been able to get a pint whenever he wanted. “I homebrew a lot of beers and use traditional hand pulls to give a real pint feel. Inside the pub, I have a fully stocked bar with spirits and optics.”
Equipt with a log burner, dartboard, cable TV, drums and leather sofas it’s no surprise that Lee is incredibly proud of his home bar. Lee said: “I still sit in the pub now and smile to myself about how great it looks, it really is the best space.”
But who was Lee up against in the running for the title of Britain’s best home bar?
A Tiki-themed home bar from Greg Rhodes in Cheshire, sending you straight to tropical paradise. The owners of this bar simply said “if you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach home.” Complete with tropical cocktail ingredients and beachy decoration, you won’t need to travel far for some sunny relaxation.
A traditional pub style bar from Carrie-Ann Mckee in West Lothian gives the owners plenty of time to perfect their potting skills in lockdown with a pool table. Complete with mini fridges and furniture, you won’t be the only one to mistake this home bar for your local.
‘The Stayin Inn’ pub from Lisa Carty in Durham was a more classic garden bar with glistening fairy lights and rustic bar stools. This bar was built during the Covid-19 lockdown and is a very impressive project. The owner said:
“As a family of 6 with 2 of the members of the family under the COVID19 shielding programme going out was not an option so we created our very own “Staying Inn”. My husband, who was furloughed from work, decided to build the bar to enable us to all be together at least in the garden where we could have a socially distanced drink and a catch up. The bar has been fundamental in keeping our family together and has kept us all going. It has now become a talking point in our family and our local area and we have already received requests from people who want their very own ‘Staying Inn’.
Stuart Kerr, Technical Director at Liberty Games comments:
“After hundreds of incredible entries from across the UK, Lee’s entry blew us away.
The effort that the entrants must have put into these home bars is remarkable, from pool tables to darts boards these home bars have everything that a real pub would and more. We’d like to thank everyone who entered and congratulate Lee, a very deserving winner.”
Notes to editors
About Liberty Games:
Liberty Games are the UK’s largest games room retailer, selling amusement equipment such as arcade machines, pool tables, pinball machines and much more.