BAR BILLIARDS Buy New, antique or Reconditioned Tables from a UK supplier
Riley, Jelques, jelkes, Supreme, Sams, Huxley, Mercury bar billiard table and kits, spares.
At MERCURY we not only rent out bar billiards, we restore them and sell them too!
We always carry stock of new commercial/home tables. We have over 20 years experience in restoring bar billiard tables. Whatever your looking for bar billiard related try us. Not all antique models in stock at all times, they come they go! We usually have about 10 in stock so please enquire. We show pictures of earlier projects for model reference.
1974 padmore-riley table. Fully tastefully refurbished. Ready to go £1525 including accessories and timer
Coming soon. Mercury Leisure reproduction bar billiard table ready to play or in kit form for export
shown above. An un restored Jelkes "thruppeny bit leg" fully restored price averages £1795 with clockwork timer
A nice original condition jelkes restored for our customer
1 thruppeny leg model in stock @ £1895 fully refurbished
Bar Billiards. Not as common in pubs these days but still a fantastic game. Played from one end only so can be pushed almost right into a corner of your room. These are a great space saving design for the discerning cue sport player. Perfect for a range of locations. We normally have stock of refurbished tables and new tables. Most tables use a single slate . The older "antique" tables are made from solid Oak or mahogany and can have the original clockwork timer fitted, the newer tables being made from modern materials. all are covered with a high quality napped cloth and are supplied with balls and mushrooms.
Please note, you will find cheaper tables for sale, many have cracked slates which will make the game impossible to play correctly, this can usually only be seen when the original cloth is removed. The original tables used a 12 mm slate which is very prone to this, they require very delicate transporting and hadling. A bar billiards table requires considerable modification if a new slate is required. It would normally be replaced with a 19mm slate which is much stronger.
We source tables from all over the UK. In our experience you can buy a cheap table from places like ebay but they will require a lot of time and money spent on them, usually requiring a minimum of new slate and cushions and woodworm / weevil eradication before use. Consider the costs involved before purchasing. A tale of woe: We recently purchased an expensive table on ebay, advertised as totally original and excellent condition. result was a treacle varnished table with mdf offfcut bed which took 2 weeks to restore requiring new slate, cushions, woodwork repairs including complete dismantle and re gluing, staining, re lacquering etc etc.
caveat emptor - buyer beware!
SAMS Bar Billiard table
Restored Sams Bar Billiard front ball return detail. natural or stained to customer order
The most commonly found antique table in UK is the SAMS, also known as sams atlas (other manufacturers copied this design too with small variations in leg shape etc.)
Sams bar billiard tables featured mainly mahogany construction with a high quality finish. Its a shame that most sams tables have cracked slates which are not available and have to be individually diamond cut to replace which is expensive. replacement bare slate £300
Sams tables were made in 2 sizes the narrow and very rare wide body. It also differed slightly by having the 30 and 10 transposed scores for rear holes compared to all other tables on the market. Each pocket hole has a score value, when the ball is potted it runs to the front of table for re placing and scoring. This table uses a clockwork timer and is made from mahogany throughout.
This is an example of a reconditioned sams table pictured before delivery to our customer.
Guide price for a nice condition restored sams table with clockwork timer £1495
we have 1 in stock at the moment which has been totally restored including a complete stripdown to bare wood, new unbreakable "trespa" playing surface, new cushions, new accessories, clockwork timer £1795
please contact us for prices of current stock
"ANTIQUE" original tables are usually in stock
prices from £999 without coin timer. as available
From £1295 to £2095 with fully working clockwork timer
Current stock includes Jelques, sams and riley . all £p.o.a
please note. Pictures not available of all tables as they are stored in disassembled condition, usually restored to order to customer requirements. Timescale for refurbishment approx 2 weeks from order
Riley bar billiards (previously restored, now sold, played by many enquirers at a guest house on the isle of lewis, Shetland)These tables are very hard to refurbish, cushion sets have to be newly made and original french clockwork timer is very hard to find or get spares for!
Hubble modern coin op table library photo
A very early (approx 1920) thomas padmore table. Quite a rarity!
we have 1 in stock, oak, ready for restoration when ordered. £1495
Some more just in: newly refurbished!
Ex demo model supreme. 19mm slate bed. Complete with accessories including balls, cues,scorer and rear marker board ,mushrooms, chalks. Very nice condition. 1 fingernail size scuff mark on top frame.
free play only price. no timer. £895
Coin operated price with electronic timer £995
too late: sold!
Earlier model supreme/ avante/riley. (real wood leg) 19mm. Complete with accessories including balls, cues,scorer and rear marker board( not shown on photo),mushrooms, chalks. Excellent condition. Ex display only.
We specialize in all types of supply of bar billiard tables
1. Sales of brand new commercial / home use bar billiard tables, eg The "supreme" and coming shortly our own reproduction solid oak table based on the "jelques"
2. Refurbed , Mainly for newer tables, clean, re cloth and test operation
3. Restored: This is the full service for "antique" tables. It includes cleaning, remanufacturing of operating parts and cosmetic parts if required. Re rubbering of cushions or in most cases making complete cushion rails. Checking slate for flatness,cracking, new slate cut and fitted if required, Eradicating any woodworm or moth larvae present. Rebuilding, Re staining and final burnish finishing, new cloth, accessories etc. final test and check before delivery.
A restored table from us will still look old and totally in character with its age. We use the same materials as much as possible with the same techniques as the original manufacturers.
We will undertake a full restoration of your table at our workshop only. Not cheap but the final product will please you! Please enquire.
We have a full joinery available if your table requires parts made. See examples on spares section below. we stock seasoned white oak, red oak, cherry and reclaimed mahogany.
Sams table levelling foot being hand turned from reclaimed mahogany for a customer
Brand new SUPREME bar billiards as shown above. 19mm slate bed, "straight" coin mechanism with easy price of play change, electronic timer for fast switchable game time setting. Superb build quality from modern materials. Superb for long life commercial use. Obviously great for home use too!
Supplied with 4 cues, ball set,rule sheet, mushrooms and scorer.
please note: ** annoyingly factory discontinued **
This is our recommended table for heavy commercial use. All spares for this table from stock!
A note received from one of our customers: (delivered to a remote part of scotland)
I am writing to let you know how very pleased we all are with our new Supreme Bar Billiards table; the workmanship and standards of finishing are most impressive. Assembly was just as easy as you had promised, aided by your very clear instructions. I and my sons are enjoying this highly skilled game – I never understand why every pub doesn’t have one.
Thank you once again for providing such an excellent customer service. I am very impressed, and will happily recommend your Company to anyone.
With best wishes,
Peter S Smith, Strathpeffer, Ross-Shire, Scotland
Mushroom set of 4. brand new, high quality finish £44
Set of 3 "dollys" or pegs as used on older tables and favoured by bar billiard leagues made from solid Beech and genuine unbreakable piano wire. Made by us - not available elsewhere! 1 Black 2 Natural £60
New Quality ball set of 7 whites, 1 red £28
Set of 4 ramin club cues 57" long. 11mm screw on tip for bar billiards £28
Set of 4 Ash club cues 57" for bar billiard table . 10mm replacable leather tip for accuracy. £60
Replacement 19mm slate to fit jelkes and supreme. fitted with cloth and rings £350
replacement slate for sams, padmore, riley etc. P.o.a and as available. Cut to order only.
We have been supplying tables with "trespa" solid laminate playing surfaces which is unbreakable for export tables or commercial use. It is totally waterproof and can even take a blow from a lump hammer! Cut on our cnc so they are accurate. Please call for further info
Small brassed cue hooks for table sides qty.8 to hold 4 cues £22
Reproduction bar billiard cue rests. Steel, black or brassed finish £40 set of 4.
Green corner weighted cover suitable for bar billiards £26
Bar billiard light (bar and 3 shades) £120 or £90 with a table from us
Green canopy light. 2 internal lamp fittings £79 (out of stock)
Bar billiard cloth bed and cushions £88 napped top quality green baise.
Bar billiard cushion rubber set, please state model required for £36
Complete cushion set made to order for any table £120 (uncovered)
Bar billiard Marker board numbers, Table marker numbers. Full set .Self adhesive £35
Bar Billiards Rules of play
Rule sheet Professionally reprinted from a perfect very rare original on top quality cream card to match the original as close as possible
A perfect addition to your collectable bar billiard table. Shows rules for both first and second arrangement and also some handy servicing tips. Perfect for framing . Please note this is a non standard paper size, the black object on the picture is a normal felt tip pen for size comparison
Supplied rolled in a cardboard tube £25
Carved from solid 22mm oak in one piece including the slider rails. All numerals carved deep into the wood too.
Size 600mm long 200mm high. Choice of brass or chrome pointers
We make these... not available anywhere else!
Colouring may vary slightly as oak is a natural product
Simple bar billiards score board- carved £90
scores to 9999 if your a good enough player!
size 500mm by 130mm. 20mm+ Solid oak or sapele/ solid brass
4 Player bar billiards score Board
Carved from solid oak / iroko / Reclaimed Mahogany in one piece including the slider rails. All numerals carved deep into the wood too. Joinery jointed to avoid warpage.
Size 600mm long 335mm high. Choice of brass or chrome pointers
We make these... not available anywhere else!
Colouring may vary slightly as oak / iroko are natural products.
Finished in clear satin so You can see the beauty of the wood.
Add £10 if you want your name or pub name etc carved in too.
Solid Oak & Brass with "The Oast House" deep carved
Solid Oak with chrome. Carved for "The White Lion "
Replacement rear hole marker board £60
Available in mahogany or oak, natural or antiqued.
Bar billiards rear marker and scorer. Oak or mahogany £99
Bar billiards score board only. Real solid oak or mahogany. Solid brass rails and sliders. Gold numerals. Solid kiln dried oak or mahogany. size 21" by 7" nominal. £79
mahogany with fancy pointers add £10
Jelkes replacement solid oak rear marker board. Finished in dark oak, For early models. satin stained. £85
see restored table above.
also available in mahogany or antiqued oak as below (unlike the originals, ours are symetrical)
New Carved Jelkes rear marker. Solid oak £95
700mm * 160mm
zoom view of carving
Shown above in solid reclaimed mahogany
Dark stained budget scoreboard for bar billiards £39 (mdf)
Solid brass slide rail 36" and 6 pointers set. £49 as shown on scorer above
Chromed slide rail and solid pointers chromed (same as brass but chrome finished) £59
Original clockwork timer/mechanism refurbished. very expensive & very hard to find elsewhere! £300 (doesn't fit some riley tables without modifications to table) shown below before restoration for size reference only. Meter unit is an add on and not included.
Export: We are happy to pack and palletize for you to arrange collection from us using a freight forwarder. We have shipped tables as far as Usa, Australia, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey etc. Please ask for packed dimensions and weights.
Delivery and ground floor only setup available anywhere south of Glasgow/Edinburgh available @ £99
(please note that yes Australia is technically south of Glasgow as pointed out by one gentleman, but unfortunately this price is limited to UK mainland)
Brief rules of the bar billiards
All shots are played from one end of the table so access to all sides of the table is not required.
A white ball is placed on a starting spot, then another ball (the red ball, if available) will be placed on a spot a few inches in front of that. The player usually aims to get one ball in each of the 50 score side holes, this can only be done a maximum of three times, if both balls fall down the 50 holes for a fourth time then all points from that turn are lost. As a result of this, the player usually tries to keep one ball up, and is often referred to as the 'one up shot'. The player then tries to pot this ball, if both balls are potted then two balls are put back on the spots. If the player fails to pot a ball then the turn has ended and the second player takes his turn by placing another ball on the first spot. If all balls are in play, then the closest ball to the 'D' (the semi-circle around the first spot) is removed and put on the spot. If a player fails to hit a ball, then the turn ends and all points earned in that turn are lost.
Why is it called bar billiards?
The play is time-limited (normally 15-17 minutes of play). After this time a bar drops inside the table stopping any potted balls from returning, leading to a steady decrease in the number of balls in play.
The last ball can only be potted by getting it into the '100' or '200' point hole after bouncing off a side cushion. For this last shot the pegs or mushrooms are placed in the 50 score holes to block them. The game can still be decided here if the black skittle in front of the 200 hole is knocked over with the unlucky player losing all of his score! Rules played differ by county slightly. A complete rule set is supplied with all tables we supply.
Where can i play bar billiards? if you have a bar billiard table in your local pub please email us and let us know. We will try to list any location in the uk and jersey.Please send info of pub name, address, county, contact number and email /website as available. Help make us the number 1 for bar billiards info in the uk.
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