8 Ways to Enjoy a Round of English Pub Style

Pubs make up the heart and soul of English life. Ask any man or woman, and they will almost always have their favorite “local” Pubs got their start here when the Romans built a network of streets and wished to give refreshment stops for travellers. Nowadays almost every quaint countryside village in the U.K. has at least one pub where locals eat, chat and enjoy traditional ales, beers, wines and spirits. Hearty food options, such as bangers and mash, a plowman’s lunch or beef and kidney pie, are very widespread. (Happily, these foods are of much better quality today than in the previous days.)

Traditional pub style feels comfy and warm, with plenty of dark wood, low ceilings and roaring log fires. If you have the area, why not produce a hot spot to hole up in your house this winter and drink some cheeky beers with buddies? Here’s how to find the appearance.

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Produce a place to play. Pubs have always had some type of game available, though these have varied over time, from draughts (board games) in ancient times, to rooster fighting somewhere along the road, to the pinball machines of the 1980s. Since the ’70s, electronic games have overtaken more conventional games, even though pool tables and dart boards are still widely popular.

Set up your own preferred games to entertain your friends and family in your house pub. If you have the space, a pool table can be a great investment. Otherwise, a simple dartboard makes for good fun, too.

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Name your establishment. Pubs often have quirky names. My locals growing up back in Yorkshire were The Scott’s Arms, The Star and Garter, as well as The Windmill. There are far more oddly named bars too, like the Goat and Tricycle, The Wobbly Bobby and The Swan with Two Necks.

Have fun with this! Create your own pub title and have a sign created.

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Produce a comfy atmosphere. Layer dark textures, such as wood and stone. Avoid bright overhead lighting and incorporate something softer, such as iron wall sconces. If you have a fireplace, then even better. A roaring log fire crackling in the background adds mild warmth and light.

Consider installing wainscoting or some type of wood paneling in your walls to make visual warmth and feel.

Utilize custom or antique woodwork. Many bars have beautifully carved, intricate woodwork surrounding the bar area, often including stained glass, brass and mirrors rails into the design. Hunt down a local craftsperson or technical company to make one for you. If you’re feeling adventurous, search for a classic bar (or components of pubs) in a salvage yard.

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Choose the perfect furniture. Pick something traditionally English to furnish your pub-style space. First made in the 1700s, Windsor chairs have a distinctive saddle shape, a wooden chair and a hooped back, and also will make a pub feel more elegant. Vintage wooden stools and wooden tables have more of a genuine feel. The further wobbly (technical term) the stool along with the longer beer coasters you want to shove under the offending leg, the longer real it is going to look.

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Fake smoky ceilings. The principles have changed, but pubgoers once smoked greatly in those areas. The ceilings will become thickly tarred with cigarette smoke. Whitelocks, the oldest pub in the city of Leeds, England, was granted its first license in 1715. You are able to see years of tar stains built up on its own ceiling.

If you don’t like the idea of re-creating this appearance, consider using some tarnished tin ceiling tiles, as in this bar area. The light-reflecting material warms up a space and feels real to pub style.

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Use glass. Pubs traditionally had smoked or frosted glass to hide their patrons from the street and make a dark and comfy feeling.

Nowadays clear glass and brighter decor are becoming popular, as many women and families are venturing into bars. But if you would like to mimic the first appearance, add a few frosted, smoked or stained glass to your windows.

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Carve a corner out. If you can not dedicate a whole room to your private pub, split out one corner for a bar area to host beverages and entertain a small number of guests. Make sure you incorporate a hinged part of the bar that you can lift up and close, so you still feel as the lord of the manor.

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