Booze-loving Brits beat coronavirus lockdown bar ban by hunkering down in DIY pubs – The SunMarch 24, 2020
Alehouses have been built in gardens, sheds and garages – and their creative owners are the only ones still pulling pints after the prime minister called last orders on Friday.
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The decision to close all pubs and bars temporarily is one of the measures Boris Johnson is taking in the battle against the coronavirus.
But some drinkers are still enjoying the pub experience – complete with beer taps, pool tables, optics and dart boards.
Jim Sangwell, 34, is the 'landlord' of Fred's Bar in the garden of his semi-detached home in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
His boozer, which measures just 10ft by 12ft, cost £400 to build.
'AT LEAST I CAN HAVE A PINT'
The holiday park worker said: "I will be spending a lot of time down there that's for sure.
"Sadly I don't think my friends will be able to join me with the latest advice.
"But at least I will be able to have a beer and watch any sports that are actually going on!
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"The main thing is it doesn't cost anything to go there, which is good because at the moment we don't whether work will change and we'll be on statutory sick pay.
"It's been good in the past as my girlfriend is teetotal and doing a PhD and if she has friends over I can go down to my shed."
The makeshift pub has the internet, a PlayStation 4, Sky TV and DJ decks.
Jim built his bar four years ago – but since the lockdown began, tens of thousands of people have joined Facebook groups supporting the nation's newest landlords and ladies.
'PERFECT TIMING TO OPEN'
Lawrence Broome, 41, and fiance Neil Young, 44, have a £10,000 spirit and wine bar in their home.
The animal health officer said: "I stocked it up with bubbles and spirits as I'm a vodka collector and I'm ready for the ban.
"If we do go into full lockdown I think I'll learn how to do cocktails properly."
Steve Milton built the Frinton Arms in his home in Salisbury, Wiltshire, after being laid off last year.
The 56-year-old dad of one used his redundancy pay out to build the pub.
The bar features a pumps, optics, dartboard and even a guitar.
Mr Milton said: "It's perfect timing that I have finished it and it is open.
"It makes things feel a little bit more normal despite the country struggling.
"I just wish I could share it with friends again."
Announcing the closure of pubs last week, Mr Johnson said he realised it went against what he called "the inalienable free-born right of people born in England to go to the pub".
Many Brits headed out on Friday night anyway despite the directive – and today we revealed that some shameless landlords are continuing to keep doors open to customers with prohibition-style lock-ins.
It comes as the UK coronavirus death toll rises to 338 and the total number of cases jumps to 6,710.
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