My Welsh/English pub just outside of Hamburg (in a fully renovated outbuilding) is quite large (11 x 4 metres) and is fitted out with a pool table (originally from a real pub), 43” TV (connected via Bluetooth to a classic Harmon-Kardon sound system, which, at full power, enables the neighbours far and wide to really appreciate England beating Germany lol), dart board, large bar counter on wheels for 7 people which can be repositioned as required when I have more people in watching football.
We also use it for pool sessions, music parties and cinema evenings.
The walls and ceilings are plastered with my football memorabilia (flags, shirts, tickets, scarves) from Wolverhampton Wanderers (fan since 1973), SV Hamburg (season ticket holder for several years) and naturally England, things from my Dad’s career in the RAF as a pilot/instructor and aerobatic team member (1958-1976), much of my Jaguar model car collection, together with many other bits and bobs which have found a perfect home here.
Not to forget a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II over the fireplace (and a school photo of my boarding house members at school from 1977 together with the headmaster, who won gold and silver medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin).
Outside is a seating area with a brazier.
In 2018 I transformed a practically derelict room adjoining a double garage (dating from the 1970s) into a pub inspired by the one my grandfather used to run in Central Wales in the end Sixties/early Seventies called, obviously, The Lamb & Flag. It has dark roof and wall tree-trunk beams with interspaced white ceilings. Practically all the materials used were recycled or repurposed (including parts of my partner’s bed she used to share with her ex-husband!). Most of the costs were incurred having the electrics renewed and rewired by a professional electrician.
The former pub pool table with original lighting, bar stools, chairs, old pub table, loads of old beer glasses, etc. were found locally at low cost on eBay Classified Ads.
The room was originally built by the village butcher as a practice room for the men’s choir, and also had a sauna in one corner. It has the most amazing stone/marble floor in crazy paving fashion, which was in a terrible state until I found impregnating fluid which brought out the true colours and gave it a real shine.
My pub isn’t perfect, but it has innumerable personal touches and memories as its stand-out feature.