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The Red Barn pub which sits on Longden Road in Shrewsbury, is experiencing a record high thanks to the addition of their new and unique outdoor football pool table.

Pub Operator, Brent Catterson is delighted with the pub’s newest feature and said he is thrilled to be welcoming dozens of new faces to the pub.

He said: “I’d wanted to do something different for a while and was brainstorming some new ideas to get the community more involved, it was then that I came across the football pool concept.

“It’s something fun and quirky and I knew instantly that it would be popular with our local guests. After playing around with the idea, I reached out to a couple of friends, and we immediately put our plans to action.”

Within a matter of weeks, Brent and friends Colin and Andy, had successfully built the Red Barn’s outdoor football pool table and guests couldn’t wait to give it a try.

“We held an opening day to launch the football pool table, and I’ve been overwhelmed by all the positive feedback,” Brent said. “Since we opened it up to the public on the 18th  of May, it’s been fully booked ever since! We knew it would be a hit with guests, because there’s nothing else like it here in the Midlands, but the increase in footfall has been huge, the community have been nothing but supportive!”

Guests can book to play football pool by contacting Brent via the Red Barn’s Facebook page, by calling the pub or heading inside to reserve their slot. The game itself is completely free, and bookable for one hour with just a £20 deposit required to cover the cost of the balls.

Brent is now encouraging fellow publicans to consider building a similar feature, he added: “The outlay is pretty hefty, but you have to trust the process. It’s great to see our guests getting involved and enjoying it, and I’m confident that this is something we’ll be able to use all year-round.

“Our next big event is the Euros, we’re already excited to see new faces join in and are looking ahead to ensure that football pool is accessible all year round.”

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