John Simmons, photographer with his wife Anita and Labradoodle Bertie, spent over a year building a stunning human cave made entirely from recycled materials that was crowned Britain's Best Pub Shed of the Year

The Garden DIY man-cave made entirely from recycled materials is Britain’s best pub shed of the year

The stunning back garden boozer made entirely of recycled materials that comes with its own beer garden and dartboard has been crowned Britain’s best pub shed of the year.

John Simmons has spent over a year building this stunning DIY cave in his garden in Portsmouth.

It features its own dart board, wooden décor, country pub-style seating, fairy-lit ceiling, and even its own beer garden and outdoor deck area.

He built the mini bar – called The Dog & Ball – from as much reclaimed materials he could find from salvage yards and a Facebook page for pub shed enthusiasts.

Mr Simmons has now topped over a thousand entries to be named Britain’s Best Bar 2022.

John Simmons, photographer with his wife Anita and Labradoodle Bertie, spent over a year building a stunning human cave made entirely from recycled materials that was crowned Britain’s Best Pub Shed of the Year

It features its own dart board, wood décor, country pub-style seating, a ceiling covered in fairy lights, and even its own beer garden and vanity area.

It features its own dart board, wood décor, country pub-style seating, a ceiling covered in fairy lights, and even its own beer garden and vanity area.

He built the mini bar - called The Dog & Ball - from as much reclaimed materials he could find from salvage yards and a Facebook page for pub shed enthusiasts.

He built the mini bar – called The Dog & Ball – from as much reclaimed materials he could find from salvage yards and a Facebook page for pub shed enthusiasts.

Pub shed photos show its bar stocked with benches, cabinets hanging from hooks in the ceiling and a large golden pineapple

Pub shed photos show its bar stocked with benches, cabinets hanging from hooks in the ceiling and a large golden pineapple

There is a table and chairs with a view of the beer garden from an open bar and a TV with a roaring fire to create a cozy atmosphere in the pub.

There is a table and chairs with a view of the beer garden from an open bar and a TV with a roaring fire to create a cozy atmosphere in the pub.

He started building The Dog & Ball on his own 12 months ago.

Mr Simmons said: ‘I started this project over a year ago with two goals: to make the tape myself, and to make it out of as much salvaged material as possible.

I accomplished the first part by sourcing, cutting, sanding, and installing all of the lumber, fixtures, and all 4,500 screws myself. This is truly a handmade bar.

“Doing all of that salvage was of course a challenge – thank goodness to FB Market, advice from the wonderful members of the GSPN UK Facebook page and a very understanding wife who dragged her around the local reclamation yards sifting old timber.

“Except for the main roof joists, every other part of the building is made from reclaimed, reused or recycled timber and materials.

Each piece has a different story, from the ironwork that belonged to my late husband’s father from his days as an RAF engineer, to oak master timbers found in a remarkably salvaged rec yard from an old one. A ruined building I’ve been working in for about 25 years.

“And the name Dog & Ball, well, that’s a tribute to our lovely Labradoodle who loves his ball and has made a corner of our new garden his new home bar.”

Mr Simmons said the name - The Dog & Ball - was 'a tribute to a beautiful Labradoodle who loves his ball and has made a corner of our new garden pub his new home'.

Mr Simmons said the name – The Dog & Ball – was ‘a tribute to a beautiful Labradoodle who loves his ball and has made a corner of our new garden pub his new home’.

Mr Simmons started creating The Dog & Ball on his own 12 months ago and has now topped over a thousand entries to be named Britain's Best Bar 2022

Mr Simmons started creating The Dog & Ball on his own 12 months ago and has now topped over a thousand entries to be named Britain’s Best Bar 2022

Mr. Simmons is seen pouring beer into a pint glass in his pub shed The Dog & Ball with gobelts hanging dangling down behind him

Mr. Simmons is seen pouring beer into a pint glass in his pub shed The Dog & Ball with gobelts hanging dangling down behind him

The pub also has a beer garden with a separate outdoor bar ledge to get your beer on during the hot summer months

The pub also has a beer garden with a separate outdoor bar ledge to get your beer on during the hot summer months

Mr Simmons said that with the exception of the main roof joists, every other part of the building is made from reclaimed, reused or recycled timber and materials.

Mr Simmons said that with the exception of the main roof joists, every other part of the building is made from reclaimed, reused or recycled timber and materials.

The Dog & Ball beat out two other finalists, a country-style bistro called The Tiger, in Somerset, and The Stagger Inn, in Manchester – a nightclub-style pub.

It has been scaled down from over a thousand entrances – many of which were built during the closure.

More than two million back garden pubs are now believed to be operating in Britain after their popularity spread during the coronavirus pandemic.

They have continued to grow amid the cost of living crisis after the average price of a pint rose to £4 across the UK and £5 in London.

As a result, two Fat Blokes bar banners, Pub Shed Radio and the Garden Shed Pubs & Nightclubs Facebook group began running the national competition.

The winner was announced live on Pub Shed Radio on Saturday.

Ashley Turner, owner of Two Fat Blokes Bar Signs said: “The quality of the bars and the variety of entries were exceptional.

We ran the competition to showcase the amazing community of pub barns in the UK.

The Dog & Ball beat two other finalists, a country style bistro called The Tiger, in Somerset, and The Stagger Inn, in Manchester - a nightclub-style pub

The Dog & Ball beat two other finalists, a country style bistro called The Tiger, in Somerset, and The Stagger Inn, in Manchester – a nightclub-style pub

A sign in Mr. Simmons' pub shed reads:

A sign in Mr Simmons’ pub shed reads: “You’re not licensed to sell ridiculous amounts of intoxicating liquor, but you’ll make sure you come home legless.”

The Dog & Ball along with two other finalists have been trimmed from over a thousand entries - many of which were built during lockdown.

The Dog & Ball along with two other finalists have been trimmed from over a thousand entries – many of which were built during lockdown.

One of the corners of the bar is

One corner of the bar is the Labradodel Bertie couple’s “new home” – for whom the bar is named

Society has exploded during the pandemic and now with a pint costing north from £6, the trend looks set to continue.

The Dog & Ball is a fine example of a great pub shed and deserves to be won with our gorgeous handcrafted pub.

“This year’s Pub Shed was a great way for the pub shed community to come together and celebrate the growing army of booze in the back garden,” added Tommy Fonka, who runs Pub Shed Radio.

DJ Mupps of Pub Shed Radio said: “It was great to knock on the door to the winners’ tape live on Pub Shed Radio.

John and Anita were quite surprised to find out that they had won. Then we started the live broadcast from the pub in a real festive atmosphere.

Nick St John, owner of the Facebook group Garden Shed Pubs and Nightclubs added: “ Participating in this year’s Pub Shed was the culmination of our spirit to encourage and help people build their own back garden bars.

With over 280,000 members, our group has already joined the competition.

“Judging the entries was very difficult – The Dog & Ball is a great example of a proper pub shed.”

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