I would like to suggest a completely separate sub board (?) which could have a list of tables (League & Non- League) in different areas/counties. This could include address, post code, quality of beer and opening times.
I have been thinking of this for a couple of days now. I had a day out to Portsmouth on Thursday and thought I'd have a visit to a pub with a table (or 2). My first port of call was the British Queen, which does not open until 4 during the week. I found the Lord Chichester, by accident, but that was closed with no opening times that I could see. I eventually got to the Phoenix and had a nice pint, a knock-around and a cool off.
A final point here. The Invincible by The Hard has a sign that looked as if it was painted yesterday advertising Bar Billiards but has not had a table for a least a year (that's how long the girl behind the bar had worked there)
Q already has plans to provide this service on a website which will pinpoint all bar billiards venues - league and non-league - nationwide.
I have pledged to research all tables within the Greater London area, and have started to do so, having already reported on visits to Deptford and Tooting.
It will be a constant challenge to keep the information once lodged updated. As you indicate, they can be here today and gone tomorrow.
So a vital column of information to be included would, IMHO, be 'date table last known at this venue'. If Bernie's using an Excel spreadsheet he can set in an '@today' formula for known league tables currently in use, and for the others a date can be put in representing a) what the internet tells us, b) a visit of one of our members, or c) as in the case of the Invincible 'table removed on such and such a date' - and being archived after, say, two years.
League is played on Wednesdays and Competitions on Thursdays.
Current tables are:
Stag - New Road Phoenix Lounge and Public have a table - Torrington Avenue Langstone Harbour Fishermans Club - restricted opening times but cheaper beers/lager - ask for times if you are interested and I will contact the bar staff Copnor Snooker Club - Copnor Road
The White Horse has a table but following the death of Alan Shaw they have now withdrawn from the league
There are other non-league tables but truly do not know what the availability is re play here.
Is there no longer a separate Southsea league playing on Tuesday nights ?
There was as recently as 2011 if this is anything to go by:
Bar Billiards League Monday, March 21st, 2011. Published in Sport & Fitness by Paul Gonella
OG pub pastime bar billiards still goes on in a few pubs in and around Southsea and now there is a pub league setup with the pubs looking for new players to join. The Southsea league includes The White Horse, The Eldon Arms, The King Street Tavern and The Barley Mow and they’ll play on Tuesday night at 8pm. If you are interested in getting involved then sign up at one of the pubs.
I gain the impression that the pubs mentioned (White Horse apart) would be of the "rough and ready" nature and tables probably not of the quality of the venues participating in the (competitive) Portsmouth league.
Best bet for Lewis is to tackle young Lee Radford next time you're both at an Open.
Thanks Geoff, The article I quoted from the web (google 'Strong Island') was from 2011 so comparatively recent. I also gained the impression it was a summer league, so interest has probably petered out by now anyway.
The last 4 or 5 years whilst going on a european motocycle tour , I called in at The Ship and Castle , 90 Rudmore Road , Portsmouth ( This right on the Ferry Terminal ) email : email@example.com tel 02392 670998
There is a usable Bar Billiard table Don't know if you want to add it to your list Alan
Thanks, added to list of Portsmouth venues (as non-league).