Here's some cheering news: The Royal Oak at Handcross now has a table. Following a tip-off from Foxy, Margo and I decided to sound it out and spent an enjoyable lunchtime playing on a blue baize !
The Landlady (Julie) and her bar staff were very chatty and are hopeful of joining the League with a new team. I explained our setup and left a note as to our website and promised an entry form will be sent (please, Ian !) when the time comes to:-
ROYAL OAK INN, HORSHAM ROAD, HANDCROSS, W.SUSSEX RH17 6DJ
The table: a Tarratt rental, nicely set up, has its own little room to the left as you go in. Was only installed a week ago.
Well worth a visit, and I hope that our local players can show an interest and help the game to take off at what could prove a popular new venue.
Spoke to Sammy at the Stout House tonight and he confirmed that it was indeed he who gave Julie a little training at b-b's and got her interested enough to get the table put in at the Oak. Apparently couple of 'friendlies' are in the offing during the summer, which has to be good news for our somewhat ailing League (new teams needing all the encouragement they can get).
Paid the Royal Oak another visit on Wed just gone. Table still a pound (old one) and it played very nicely indeed. Straight and all the shots on. Spoke to Andy (landlord) and it gets a reasonable amount of play. Wednesdays would be the better night, though, if he were to have a league team.
Inventor of the Triangles version of Bar Billiards. Highest England away aggregate 2013 and 2014, 10 - 0 last 10 England singles legs, seventh reserve 2015. Jersey Qtr final 2014, 2015, 2016 - Guernsey Plate Winner 2014, Main Final 2015, 2017. First person to have won both four pin opens.
Good job I'm slim else I would never be able to fit in the gap to play on the table at the Royal Oak Kindly Brian lent me his cue to help me out
Clive I remember that night very well - I am pretty sure they had a dog that decided it needed to go to the toilet close to the bar billiard table - people using the toilet decided they would lean on the table and watch the match as they returned, causing Joseph to leave the facility and want to go home. Fortunately John gave them short shrift so they didn't stand there for long! Your preview of the night was pretty accurate regarding the table as it was pretty reasonable I remember but you left out one or two of the features of the pub that made the actual playing of the game quite difficult! Our opponents were great fun and looking back it was quite a laugh
Never was ideal: room too small really, and waiters constantly brushing past the table from the kitchen to serve food.
I've played in worse places though: who can forget the Dorset Arms in Brighton, where you had to wipe your feet to go out - or the Oving Club where we didn't take our coats off all evening, it was so freezing !