Man builds amazing pub in shed for £2,500 in memory of father-in-law who died of canc…


A man has transformed his shed into an incredible pub in memory of his father-in-law who died of cancer.

Carl Gregg, 37, from Tipton, near Dudley, decided to fulfil his relative’s lifelong dream of owning a boozer by building a bar in his honour.

It took the roofer three months of work and £2,500 to finish the pub, which is named ‘Mick’s Bar’ after Michael ‘Mick’ Harris.

The man cave features a wooden bar, an arcade machine, a draught beer dispenser, booth seating and a TV.

Mr Gregg told The Mirror: “It’s more like a little house than a bar or a shed.

The homemade pub features a TV, an arcade machine, a beer dispenser and more
The homemade pub features a TV, an arcade machine, a beer dispenser and more

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“Around Christmas time I decided to build it. After we lost my father-in-law I was talking to my mother-in-law and she said he always wanted a bar. I thought I’ve got space down the garden.

“I started building it at the end of December and just finished it this week. I tried to get it finished for my father-in-law’s birthday on the 16th of this month.

“I’ve spent all my weekends in there, putting in the electrics and doing the woodwork. It’s come out better than I thought.

Insulation in the shed
Mr Gregg fitted insulation and plasterboard walls

New flooring and fitted electric sockets in the shed
He also put in new flooring and fitted electric sockets

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“When you have a vision in your head and you execute it and people say ‘I didn’t think it would look that good’ it’s a brilliant feeling.”

The shed, which was previously filled with clutter, was completely overhauled during the project.

Mr Gregg fitted a new door, which he bought for £25 off eBay, and installed perspex windows he received from a friend.

He then insulated the hut, installed plasterboard walls and put down some proper flooring.

Carl Gregg
The roofer said people’s positive reactions to the bar gave him a ‘brilliant feeling’

Michael 'Mick' Harris
He built the pub in honour of his father-in-law Michael ‘Mick’ Harris (pictured)

The dad-of-one then turned the shed into a pub by installing a £360 wooden bar, a £280 beer dispenser, optic holders and even a £650 arcade machine.

Mr Gregg said: “You can’t have a bar without the old arcade machine.

“I bought it off eBay for £650 and it’s got 3,188 classic games on it, including Street Fighter. My 12-year-old son loves it.

“I’ve also got a picture of mad Arthur Shelby on the wall – he’s my favourite one (on the BBC show Peaky Blinders). They always say I’m mad.”

Booth seating and a picture of the Peaky Blinders character Arthur Shelby
The boozer has comfortable booth seating and a picture of the Peaky Blinders character Arthur Shelby

A picture of a beer mat saying 'Mick's Bar'
Mr Gregg named the pub ‘Mick’s Bar’ in honour of his father-in-law

Even though he’s not a massive beer drinker, Mr Gregg still has likes a tipple and he’s looking forward to inviting his family over to have a drink in memory of his father-in-law.

Mick died from cancer aged 67 in September 2019.

Mr Gregg said: “They lived in the street next to us and we were really close to them. Everyone who knew Mick knew he loved a beer so I thought why not call it Mick’s bar in tribute to him.”

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