Four 'pubs' and their amateur landlords are in the running for a shed of the year competition beating off more than 3,000 entries to become finalists.


The 'shed pubs' up for the Cuprinol Shed of the Year award include an Irish pub with a replica of the Blackpool Tower on top of it, a pub dedicated to Royal Navy memorabilia, and a moveable shed that is used to illustrate pub life during the Second World War.


O'Smithers, Hambleton, Lancashire




Doug Smith's O'Smithers is a shrine to all things Blackpool as well as having its own swimming pool.

Doug built the pub three years ago – doubling the size of it last year to cope with how many of his mates used it.

He uses it for socials and to raise money for local charities and said the majority of the memorabilia has been bought secondhand online.


The Admiral's Head, Chelmsford, Essex






Owner/'publican' Lee Carrie used his 17 years in the Royal Navy as inspiration for his garden pub and the 4mx3m log cabin is full of memorabilia about life at sea.

Signs are hand made, apart from the Horation Nelson pub sign. He even has Sky and BT Sports inside – and WiFi.

Internal walls and the bar are built from wood, stained and protected with boat varnish, and the bar top is reclaimed from an old Naval nightclub table.


Noah's, Blackwood, Caerphilly




David Morris' bar is a more modern example of a shed pub, using natural wood and curving design elements.


Bush Inn, West Sussex, Chichester




John Park's moveable pub shed was built as part of a wartime Kent village. It has appeared at several festivals across the area to bring to life the experience of a WW2 pub with re-enactors bringing their own drinks, served in period glassware.

The pub, which takes two days to erect and fit out, also enables true war veterans to tell their war stories.

Fixtures and fittings are either pre-war or wartime to provide as much of an authentic look as possible.