Fantasy football: Southend couple create back yard boozer to enjoy World Cup in style

Fantasy football: Southend couple create back yard boozer to enjoy World Cup in style

What can we get ya? Vicky and Steve in the Bullseye

You bet – the fruit machine

Make mine a double – Vicky behind the bar

Come on England! Steve and Vicky will watch the World Cup in the Bullseye

First published in Local News by

IT HAS a fully-stocked bar, a slot machine, juke box and dart board...the perfect place to join friends to soak up the dramas of the World Cup.

Few would disagree that it looks like the perfect backstreet boozer.

But in fact, the pub – called the Bullseye – is in a converted shed in a back garden in Stadium Way, Southend.

Vicky Irvine and Steve Tidd spent £2,000 on the pub, which was finished last October and furnished with finds from eBay.

It can accommodate about 20 people and includes a bar, pool table, dart board, 42 inch plasma television and electronic juke box.

The Bullseye has already played host to a New Year’s Eve party for their friends, birthday parties and Saturday’s Carl Froch v George Groves boxing bout, but is now gearing up for the month-long celebration of the beautiful game.

Vicky, 30, a teacher at South Essex College, said: “We were lying in our hot tub one day last year, looking at the empty space at the bottom of the garden, and wondered what we could put there.

“I saw a competition online for the best garden shed and it inspired us.

“It’s not that big considering what we’ve got in there, but we’ve gone the whole hog and even have a fake licence plaque above the door.”

The Bullseye is decorated in the style of a traditional English pub, with wood panelling around the bottom of the walls and bold print wallpaper and carpet more reminiscent of the Queen Vic than a potting shed.

It has been entered in the competition, the winner of which will go into a grand finale against other category winners with the chance of featuring on Channel 4 show George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and a £1,000 prize.

Vicky added: “There are so many amazing entries in the competition that even if we won the pub shed category I don’t think we’d win overall.

“We’re getting a lot of attention though and we’ve even twinned the Bullseye with a guy in California who built his own pub in his back yard, called Billy Kahooka’s.”

To see more of Vicky and Steve’s creation visit facebook.com/The Bullseye, and vote for them at www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=4628

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2:59pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

Get a life.
Get a life. Jack222
  • Score: -19

3:16pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Nickuk84 says...

no charges for drinks, its bring your own or use his without taking the p*ss, no gambling, just friends having fun! he did it all himself using youtube videos and asking for help from family for complicated bits! if you had more get up and go about you maybe you'd spend less time moaning on the echo website!
no charges for drinks, its bring your own or use his without taking the p*ss, no gambling, just friends having fun! he did it all himself using youtube videos and asking for help from family for complicated bits! if you had more get up and go about you maybe you'd spend less time moaning on the echo website! Nickuk84
  • Score: 25

3:19pm Thu 5 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

Love it might, might well have inspired me too. Certainly not bad for 2k although that can't include the cost of the shed
Love it might, might well have inspired me too. Certainly not bad for 2k although that can't include the cost of the shed whateverhappened
  • Score: 10

5:17pm Thu 5 Jun 14

DonaldUnpleasance says...

Gotta love it........do they ever put strippers on?
Gotta love it........do they ever put strippers on? DonaldUnpleasance
  • Score: 8

6:41pm Thu 5 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Could be a nice little earner for them
Could be a nice little earner for them CarnMountification
  • Score: 4

6:56pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Am I right? Hasn't he just alerted the Police to a drinking den?
The Police moniter all comments on this site! Fact !
Am I right? Hasn't he just alerted the Police to a drinking den? The Police moniter all comments on this site! Fact ! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -15

7:15pm Thu 5 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

Reminds me of one of those private drinking dens, of times past, wonder what the jackpot could be, and the bar prices ?
Reminds me of one of those private drinking dens, of times past, wonder what the jackpot could be, and the bar prices ? sesibollox
  • Score: 9

4:49pm Sun 8 Jun 14

manners7 says...

Yep well said most people. Living la Vida, why would the police care about a couple and their friends drinking in their back graden?! Fact!
Yep well said most people. Living la Vida, why would the police care about a couple and their friends drinking in their back graden?! Fact! manners7
  • Score: 0

8:35pm Mon 9 Jun 14

mr_happy says...

Well done. It looks great and a lot of work has gone into it. Enjoy it while you can because if the council get wind of it they will more than likely insist that you get planning permission or a license. They have a habit of doing that, they did to me.........
Well done. It looks great and a lot of work has gone into it. Enjoy it while you can because if the council get wind of it they will more than likely insist that you get planning permission or a license. They have a habit of doing that, they did to me......... mr_happy
  • Score: 0

10:08pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

manners7 wrote:
Yep well said most people. Living la Vida, why would the police care about a couple and their friends drinking in their back graden?! Fact!
Coz the police are bot holes. No harm ment!
To many bruises from the blue!
[quote][p][bold]manners7[/bold] wrote: Yep well said most people. Living la Vida, why would the police care about a couple and their friends drinking in their back graden?! Fact![/p][/quote]Coz the police are bot holes. No harm ment! To many bruises from the blue! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

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