International and National
A variety of competitions exist at the local and county level including inter-league and county opens. Sussex is a particular hotbed of activity and Steve Mariner of the Sussex Bar Billiards league can be contacted for further details.
A county championship competition exists which is played in September each year. Usual competitors are - Sussex, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire. At the national level, there are a variety of "All England" competitions and opens for singles, pairs, men, women, under 22s and over 50s. The Channel Islands also have their own set of competitions at a somewhat smaller scale.
Internationally, the game is not exactly global in its scope, although it's known to be played in Ireland and the USA. There are however, primarily two countries/territories with association bodies - the Channel Islands and England. The biggest Bar Billiards competition is held in Jersey each year - the British Isles open. Teams from Jersey and England compete for the annually awarded trophy - home advantage usually being the deciding factor.
West Sussex Bar Billiards [ Website disappeared Jan 2021 ]
Sussex County Bar Billiards Association
Lewes and District Bar Billiards League
The Jersey Bar Billiards League [ Website disappeared March 2022 ]
City Bar Billiards League (Medway Area) (This is based around Rochester, Kent, submitted by Garry Speller, May 2000).
Dover, Deal and District (central venue is The Alma, West Street, Deal. Originally sbmitted Chris Saville, March 2001 but ceased in mid 2022)
Surrey and Oxford
Isle of Jersey
Brighton and District
Worthing and District
Redhill and District
Sudbury and District
Newmarket & Cambridge 4-Pin Bar Billiards League (submitted David 'Taffy' Lloyd, Jan 2023)
- The White Lion, 96 High St, Sawston, CAMBRIDGE CB22 3JH (Jelks, Beautiful Pre-War, good player, vies with Histon for ‘prettiest table’) Non-League
- Newnham Croft Social & Sports Club, Hardwick St, CAMBRIDGE. CB3 9JB (Narrow Sams - Excellent) Non-League
- The Earl of Beaconsfield, Mill Road, CAMBRIDGE. CB1 3AA (Sams - Very Good) Non-League
- The King Street Run, 86 King Street, CAMBRIDGE. CB1 1LN (Jelks - Below Average) Non-League
- The Railway Vue, Histon. 163 Station Rd, Impington, CAMBRIDGE CB24 9NP (Alfred Sams, old-school pre-war table, tough to score, ‘easy drop’ pockets, a visual beauty) League
- Willingham Social Club. Fen End, Willingham, CAMBRIDGE. CB24 5LH (Jelks-Quirky table with a Sams slate and no 150 break shot) Non-League
- Old Forge, Landbeach Sports & Social Club, Landbeach Village Hall, Cock Fen Lane, LANDBEACH, Cambs CB25 9FG (Jelks, very good high scorer) League
- Exning Road Working Men’s Club, 54 Exning Rd, NEWMARKET, CB8 0AB (Sams, Excellent) League
- THE DYKE’S END, Fair Green, REACH, Cambs. CB25 0JD. (Jelks, very good) League
- The Burwell Ex-Service & Social Club, 21 The Causeway, Burwell, CAMBRIDGE CB25 0DU (Sams - Excellent-but can’t do the split break shot) League
Hastings and Bexhill Bar Billiards League
The Bull, Bexhill Road, St. Leonards-on-Sea (submitted Nick Speight, July 2001, firstname.lastname@example.org. Nick would welcome any pubs or people interested in taking part).
Wellingborough and District Bar Billiards League (submitted Alan Coates,
Nov 2000, updated Robert McLean Nov 2005. This is 4 pin Bar Billiards
consisting of following teams)
Crown & Anchor Wellingborough
The Eagle Wellingborough
The Park Tavern W'boro with 2 Teams
The Ranelagh W'Boro
The Royal W'Boro with 2 Teams
The Vounteer W'Boro with 2 Teams
Norwich Bar Billiards (submitted )
4-PIN, LEAGUE VENUE) PIG AND WHISTLE, 2-8 ALL SAINTS GREEN, NORWICH, NR1 3NA.
(4-PIN, LEAGUE VENUE) GOLDEN STAR, 57 COLEGATE, NORWICH NR3 1DD
(4-PIN, LEAGUE VENUE) KINGS HEAD, 42 MAGDALEN ST, NORWICH NR3 1JE
(4-PIN, LEAGUE VENUE) PLASTERERS ARMS, 43 COWGATE, NORWICH NR3 1SZ
(4-PIN, LEAGUE VENUE) WHITE LION, 73 OAK STREET, NORWICH NR3 3AQ
(4-PIN, LEAGUE VENUE) THE COTTAGE, 9 SILVER ROAD, NORWICH NR3 4TB
April 2015 Geraint Davies informed me that the game was becoming quite popular in York over the previous 2 years and now has 8 teams in their league. See their website York Bar Billiards and Facebook page too. The next season starts soon with at least 8 well supported teams *up from no teams about 2 n half years ago.
If you want to submit your pub to this list, please just email me.
The following was the list of pubs known in London with the game - just 5 as at April 2006.
The Glass House Stores, Brewer Street, Soho, London (1999).
The Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road, Hackney, London E8 1JH
The Owl and the Pussycat E2
The Hope and Anchor, Hornsey, N8
Nicholas Nickleby, Finsbury Park
The Dog and Bell in Deptford. (Submitted Bob Walker, April 2007)
The Phoenix, Old Sunbury (submitted Martin Bartholomew, Dec 2001)
The Cheshire Cheese, 5 Little Essex Street (off The Strand) London WC2R 3LD Tel: 020 7836 2347 (installed by Masters Traditional Games, Jan 2010)
The Railway, 1 Avenue Street, Portwood Stockport SK1 2BZ (submitted Stephen Shaw March 2017)
(See the table on youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmxdNSPvxEM)
Blossoms Inn - 2 Buxton Road, Heavily, Stockport, Gtr Manchester SK2 6NU (submitted Stephen Shaw March 2017)
The Watermans Arms, 1 Ferry lane, Brentford. TW8 0AW (submitted Gordon Fry, November 2017
North of Birmingham
Hogs Head pub near the Arndale Centre/Affleck's Palace, Central Manchester
(submitted Jan 2001, Nick Rowan)
The Waters Edge Tyne and Wear South Shields NE 33 2JH (submitted April 2001, George Dickson).
Tommy Duck's Whisky Bar (Previously the Frog & Bucket comedy club) off Piccadilly gardens, Central Manchester (submitted Jan 2001, Nick Rowan)
The Lock and Lace public house, Wilford Street Nottingham. (submitted Oct 2001, Fran Davies)
The Golden Ball, Cromwell Road, York (sub. 'Elaine', Nov 2002)
North of Watford
The Telegraph, Moulton, Northampton (2000)
The Cannon, Wellingborough (2000)
The Cambridge Tap, Wellingborough (2000)
The Walnut Tree Inn, 12 Station Road, Blisworth, Northants NN7 3DS (Jan 2007)
Our Mutual Friend Public House, Broadwater Crescent, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 8EH, 01438 312282 (sub. Andy Rawnsley Jan 2003)
Royal Oak, 26 Witney Street, Burford Oxfordshire (submitted Mike Dolman, April 2008)
Morris Clown, High Street, Bampton Oxfordshire (submitted Mike Dolman, April 2008)
The Tandem pub, Keninton, Oxford
The Chequers, Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire, OX6 8QH, Tel: 01780 350319 (submitted June 200, Andy )
The Angel & Greyhound, St Clements, Oxford (sub. Chris Winchester, March, 2003)
Killingworth Castle, Wootton, Oxfordshire (submitted Mike Dolman, May 2008)
Mason's Arms, Headington Quarry, Oxford (submitted Mike Dolman, May 2008)
John Barleycorn, Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (submitted Mike Dolman, May 2008)
The Goat, 37 Sopwell Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire (correct as at April 2008)
The White Swan, Upper Dagnall Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire (correct as at April 2008)
The Morgan, Great Malvern, Worcestershire (Feb 2011, Mike Dolman)
Chase Inn, Upper Colwall, Herefordshire (Feb 2011, Mike Dolman)
The U.K. Leisure Club, Sittingbourne, Kent (submitted Garry
Speller, May 2000).
The Henty in Ferring, Worthing,West Sussex (sub. Bob Dowler, Jan 2003)
The Crown & Anchor, Dell Quay, Chichester(submitted Martin Bartholemew, Dec 2001)
Plough High Street, Lower Wanborough, nr.Swindon Wiltshire (submitted Mike Dolman, April 2008)
Trotting Horse, Bushton, nr.Swindon Wiltshire (submitted Mike Dolman, April 2008)
Railway, London Road, Fairford Gloucestershire (submitted Mike Dolman, April 2008)
Bell, Walcot Street, Bath Somerset (submitted Mike Dolman, April 2008)
New Inn, Halse, Taunton, Somerset. TA4 3AF. Tel. 01823 432352 (submitted Mark Leadeham, June 02)
Highbury Vaults, St. Michael's Hill, Bristol (submitted Mike Dolman, May 2008)
Unicorn St. Dunstan's Street, Canterbury, Kent (submitted Mike Dolman, May 2008)
King's Head, Wincheap, Canterbury, Kent (submitted Mike Dolman, May 2008)
Stone Horse, Dillywood Lane, Higham, Kent (submitted Mike Dolman, May 2008)
Black Lion, Lynsted, Kent (submitted Mike Dolman, May 2008)
Good Intent, John Street, Rochester, Kent (submitted Mike Dolman, May 2008)
The Merchant, Battersea Rise, London. (submitted Mark Jeater, July 2008)
The Raglan Arms, Upper Church Road, Weston Super Mare (Craig Savage, Feb 2009. Apparently they have a narrow Sams Bar Billiards table).
The Criterion, Weston-Super-Mare (Feb 2011, second hand report from Mike Dolman)
Seymour Arms, Witham Friary, Somerset (Feb 2011, Mike Dolman)
The Ship, Upavon, Wiltshire (Feb 2011, Mike Dolman)
Pint's Pub, Denver, Colorado, USA (submitted Nov 2000 Steve Kaus)