Ale Lover Spends Two Decades Transforming His Home Into A Pub
It's every beer-lover's dream. Think of all the money that you're pissing up the wall in pubs every Friday and Saturday night, and then think of the cash you'd have if you were the bloke that owned the boozer.
On top of the obvious pleasures of parting thirsty gents from their hard earned cash, you'd be able to customise your gaff to suit your exact specifications and tastes: it could be the ultimate man cave.
Well, one LAD who is living that dream is Simon Randall, landlord of Randall's Tavern in Barnstaple, Devon, who has spent the majority of the last two decades turning his home into a hostelry and is now reaping all the benefits.
"We've got more than 80 gins from around the world, as well as 20 different whiskies and a dozen vodkas - as well as real ales, lagers and ciders," the amateur publican told Devon Live.
"We have a pub quiz machine and two jukeboxes - one for vinyl and one for CDs. On the shelves around the Tavern we have a large collection of Breweriana dating back to the 1960s and before - pumps, ashtrays, signs - you name it, we've got it."
Breweriana, for the uninitiated, is memorabilia related to the raising of the wrist, a collection of drinking cultural artefacts. Old pub stuff, essentially.
Simon's place also boasts a room with retro arcade games, fruit machines, kids' rides, bar billiards and both air hockey and pool tables. There's also a beer garden out the back with pub tables and parasols.
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The most remarkable thing about his pub and games room creation is that the whole thing is built within the Randall home and is entirely private, with no need for a public licence at all.
Simon and his wife Donna have spent the last twenty years investing thousands and thousands of pounds into their lair, which they keep to themselves and their pals, save for a few charity events.
Now, they've been nominated for a prestigious pub award for the third year in a row: Randall's Tavern is up for the Home Leisure Direct Games Room of the Year, which would net Simon and Donna a £3,000 prize if they were to win.
"This is the third and final time we will be entering these awards and we really, really want to win," said Simon.
"Not so much for the money, but for the prestige of being able to say we have the best home games room in the UK."
No prizes for guessing where the three grand would go though: right back into the games room.
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