Hunters Bar Grantham 7 supreme winner pool tables re-covered in Strachan 6811 tournament cloth and one in speed cloth .

Just been over to Hunters Bar this week to re-cover 7 Supreme winner 7×4 pool tables .
6 in Strachan 6811 tournament and one in Strachan super pro speed .

with 7 supreme winners and 4 Sam K steel 9ft pool tables int his club , it gets very busy at times

a photo showing  the Sam k steel 9ft American pool 9ft Tables in the back ground .

gluing of the bed cloths to the slate bed

We strip every staple out of the cushions , cowboy speed fitters cover over old staples and it is not unusual to have 3 to 4 sets of staples left in when stripping down
at GCL billiards we like to take every staple out every time we do a re-cover .

close up of a finished table  re-clothed in Strachan 6811 tournament cloth .
the day before I went to Grantham I also re-covered 4 Supreme winners in sleaford at the Reel Club in the new Simonis speed sky blue cloth .

Silver Supreme Winner pool table for sale with blue cloth , plus pool table moving wheels trolley £345 worth £45 included . CASH on collection only

we have a Silver pool table at £345 Cash on collection . this is a PRIVATE SALE . and not part of GCL billiards stock .
a supreme Winner 7×4 coin operated with super six coin mech adjustable from 10p to 50p
The table has a hardly worn Strachan 777  Blue cloth fitted to it .
this pool table has come back off site and is now for sale as it stands buyer collects from long Eaton near Junction 25 of M1.
in my opinion all it requires is a respray by silver Halfords can of paint to top surround to look good again .
it is a second hand Pool table and has the usual knocks and scrapes associated with on site use in a pub site .

the top surround is suffering from coin flipping to the silver surround and has marks above where the coin mech is as seen in above photo .
this table will look good again with around £20 worth of spray paint and masking tape , that is all it requires to make it look really good like this photo below when it originally went out on site 18 months ago

the table has been used since this re-cover but no much , and the cloth is in very good condition .

This photo is the current condition of the table as it was picked up off site and as it is for sale .
there is a set of moving wheels with the table that is include at the £345 price , but if not required we can sell for £295 .
this price is for pick up only from Long Eaton near junction 25 of M1.

as you can see if the top was resprayed like this photo the table would look a lot better for it .

The table side door has new locks fitted 4 silver legs to match the cabinet and two sets of balls , a set of blue and yellows and a set of spots and stripes
it has a triangle brush and two cues .
the coin mech can be set for FREE play if required .
there is also a ply wood hard top cover to the table as seen in this above photo .
the table is also up for sale on another site so please inquire to see if still available .
In my opinion the cloth has plenty of life left in it , a re-cover in Strachan 6811 is an extra £185 if required , but as said it does not require this .
these COIN OPERATED supreme winners are around £1200 to £1250 delivered and set up depending where you purchase from  , grab yourself a second hand one at below 1/4 of the price of new.

here is one example of silver 7×4 Supreme winner table with blue cloth and coin operated at £1253.00p

Supreme Winner 6 ft, 7 ft, 8 ft English Pool Table


FOR SALE – 9ft Burroughs and Watts Snooker table , location in Scotland on the Taymount Estate. £995.00p Fantastic Value for complete table and lights and accessories

For sale a very nice 9ft Burroughs and watts 6 legged table circa 1900 / 1910 .

if any Scottish based  buyer wishes to buy the table I can recommend a more local fitter to dismantle and transport the table for you .
my clients have added a period table light to this table’s photo’s to follow and add to advert.

there is also a small round cue rack and various cues and rests and a Vintage scoreboard all for a complete price of £995 now that’s really good value for this type of table

I have copied and pasted this previous report to show that the table was only installed at Taymouth house in December 2013 , our clients wish to use the room for other purpose’s
so the table sadly has to be sold rather than waste away in dismantled form stored somewhere on the Estate .
the table cost my clients a pretty sum to buy it then have it transported all the way up from Derbyshire and then set up , as you can see it was a two day job .
I am informed that the table did not get the use that my clients where expecting hence why the change of mind over the room use .
the table has not had much use since the install so is in good condition , but by all means if local By PRIOR ARRANGEMENT with the owners  go over and inspect the table .
please no casual callers , all inquiries to GCL billiards  at

Again any inquiries to GCL Billiards who will pass any details onto the seller to Arrange viewing appointments or sale .
you have a choice of fitters in Scotland and over the border in England to relocate this table , the cost would have to be calculated and post codes and if upstairs or basement location is required .

here is the previous story put on our blog of the table being installed at Taymount Estate in December 2013 .


The last couple of days we have traveled up-to Scotland having dismantled a 9ft snooker table for our Scottish buying client’s John & Amelia  from one of our selling clients , Carol  in Ashbourne Derbyshire loading the 9ft table the previous day.
We set off at 6am arriving at 12.15 in Stanley near Perth , the house is located down a 1 mile Forest road , where the Holiday let properties are located at the end of the drive with stunning views of the river Tay and it’s salmon jumping falls .
Taymouth house is the largest of the properties and this was the location for the snooker table to be fitted , a large building that has stood on this site since the 1700’s
Scotland Taymount house main house

Taymouth house pro photo

please click on the details here for further information about this holiday let
There are three properties the main house , West house which we where allowed to stay overnight in , and the Gardeners cottage.

Scotland taymouth house cottages
The West house which is to the left of the main house is where we stayed for a night , and very comfortable it is too ,
the best bed I have slept in for a long while and that includes my own .

Scotland Taymount veiw across the TAY
With views like this in December , it must be stunning in summer months . and when the snow is on the ground ,
we where around 6 weeks too late for all the colour of autumn leaves on the trees.
Scotland Taymount water fall veiw salmon
once the table was set up level with the slate on the filler was put in the slate joints , while this was drying , it gave us 30 mins to explore the outside views of the river
this part of the falls was where we saw at least 3 salmon jump the fall on the far right of this photo.
Scotland Taymouth house billiard table
Oops what is wrong with the table ?  green and yellow balls on wrong spots , just shows I don’t play the game !
This is the very nice condition Burroughs and Watts billiard table that our Scottish clients bought from one of our selling advertisers ,
who used the Free to advertise feature on our web site , we assisted both the buyer and the seller reach a price that was acceptable taking into account that the table had to be transported up-to Stanley near Perth in Scotland some near 700 mile round trip and taking two days to complete and get back , plus the half a day for loading in Ashbourne.
I think the seller got a good price as it had been up for sale for over a year , and the buyer got a period table for his period holiday let , also at a good price as a buyer as he was buying direct from the seller .
Scotland Taymouth house billiard 9ft
The client is fitting some period looking lighting within the next day or so , ready for their new year booking of the house . the main house has just gone through a complete renovation ready for the 2014 season , so book early to avoid the rush , when word gets around about these holiday let’s, I am sure the Fully booked signs will be up for most of the season , they offer extremely good value and as a billiard fitter I have worked in a large holiday let house  similar in Lincolnshire , but it has not got the Location and stunning views of this House  , and I will let you into a secret , the Lincolnshire one is more expensive .
this Holiday let is very good in that if enough people fill the house then it is extremely better value than any Bed and Breakfast .
You have a choice of different activities in the area , Walking with stunning views , Golf , Shooting , Fishing , Skiing , Glasgow and Edinburgh are around 1 hour away , there are many historical points of interest within the area , Castles and distillery’s to mention just two , plus famous battle grounds like the William Wallace memorial at Stirling just 30 minutes away.
then relax back at Taymouth house with a beer or whisky or wine and play snooker or pool on the period circa 1900 Billiard table . or just 1 minute  down the slope in front of the house and you are standing on the bank watching salmon jump the falls .


Away for a long weekend break to Belfast , no emails or telephone calls will be answered until Tuesday 14th March

We are off to Belfast for a long weekend 12 am Friday to late Monday .
we will be out of office from Friday March 10th   until Tuesday 14th of March , no telephone calls or Emails will be answered during these 4 days .
Myself and my family are ice hockey followers and full season ticket holders at Nottingham Panthers , and we have not been to an away game in Belfast as a Family for years, so decided to do it this year and go watch our local team the Nottingham Panthers take on the Belfast Giants , the weekend is a double header meaning  two games one on Friday evening and the other on Sunday afternoon .

as you can see when the Nottingham Panthers are in town the rink is normally a sell out at the Odyssey Arena  in Belfast .

sometimes a fight breaks out , I have been watching Ice Hockey since 1980 , you do get fights and scuffles it is very rare to see an all out bench clearance these days but it does occur now and again
A player normally gets a 5 minute penalty for fighting , if one is adjudged to be the instigator he gets an extra 2 mins .
you get 2 mins for roughing , but things like checking to the head gets you an 5 + match and you are thrown out the match , a team member has to take your 5 min penalty
a panel sits during the week and that player who checks to the head  can get an extra 5 game penalty .
if blood is on the ice the game stops the ice machine ( zamboni ) comes on and cleans the ice before it can resume .
now come on ,  tell me this is exciting than watching football ?

I was actually at this match in Belfast a few years ago now, this kicked off after the game on the hand shakes . ( no that is not a ghost in the background but some sort of advertising mascot )

Nottingham Panthers already have a very highly prized trophy this season in the continental Cup winners 2017  ( its actually a shield )
no other club in UK hockey has won a European trophy , Panthers are the only team to win a European Trophy and they did it this year in Italy .
It looks like Cardiff Devils will win the league this year but chasing them all the way to the end of the season are the Belfast Giants so we expect a tough two matches this weekend .
Cardiff have already won the League Challenge Cup ( normally panthers win this every season ) .
so whats left is the Play off trophy which always takes place in Nottingham the home of the panthers .
10 teams in the league top 8 go into a play off 1/4 finals , last 4 teams meet in Nottingham to play two semi finals on the Saturday and the last two teams in the final on the Sunday
all the fans from around the UK come to the play off finals it is like their Wembley .

When you win the big three and that’s a grand slam in ice hockey .
Winning the Continent cup this season must go down as an equal to lifting all these three trophies in 2012 -1013 season.

Special order Grey 6811 Tournament Strachan cloth on pool table recover in Leicester

I have been out to Glen Parva near Leicester yesterday
my clients where looking for a cloth that was more in keeping to their modern designed home furnishings .
Their choice of Cloth to be Grey , and I was able to source the higher quality Strachan 6811 tournament in Grey as a special order .
we only carry the main three colours of Green /Blue / and burgundy in stock , any other colour is a special order and postage to us is extra for this ,

I had previously called in and took the cushions back to our workshop for new rubber fitting and profiling .
so got straight into applying the glue to the slate bed  with contact adhesive around the outside edge only .
The burgundy red is the old cloth laid over the new Grey cloth to protect it from accidental glue spillage or over spreading of glue.

with our clients neutral colour scheme they wanted a neutral coloured cloth .

My clients are delighted with cloth choice and quality of the work carried out .

Butlins Skegness Lincolnshire , 4 full size snooker tables recovering by GCL billiards

Been over to Skegness in Lincolnshire to re-cover four full size snooker tables and also fit new nets and leathers and general check around the other tables for faults and rectify .

In this photo we have three tables side by side that have had the full works of Re-cover plus new nets and leathers on all pockets

Looking much better when they have new nets and leather fitted with a new cloth re-cover
the problem with old leather sis they split on the face side this then chips away at the balls hitting the unprotected brass pocket plate .

the other table that was due a re-cover was on the other side of the room .
Again a full set of new nets and leathers fitted .

a general check over of all the other tables ensured the coming season that all tables are in use and fully operational until the  next child or adult rips one or swing on the ball rails .
Butlins do keep a check on things though and do call me in on a regular basis over the year , we also do the Hot shots  american pool tables too .

American Titan 8ft pool table dismantle and move a few problems but sorted by GCL billiards .

I had a job the other week to dismantle and relocate an 8ft American Titan pool table .
the table had been put together in a very bad way , cloth was not fitted good and gaps around the pocket plates
I suspect the old owner had set his table up himself .
here area few Photo’s explaining what was wrong about the table on strip down .

Very badly fitted top cushion surround with gaps up to 3/8ths thick between surround and pocket plate .

Badly fitted bed cloth

so we dismantled the table right down to the base

Transported it to a our new owners Home
slates on top of sub frame level and joints filled in ready to sand as one unit of slate .

and yes I even managed to refit that badly fitted cloth but only just !

and got the plates to fit without gaps !

a very happy client at the end of the Day

Phoenix Club Eastwood Nottingham three full size snooker table’s recovering by GCL Billiards

Been a bit late posting some work on the web site due to me being too busy with hands on work and not enough time to sit down in front of a PC.
So here is job one that I did a three to four  of weeks ago .
The Phoenix Snooker Club in Eastwood Nottinghamshire ,  is a busy venue in the Nottingham Pool leagues and snooker .
now under the appointed manger of Ron Sharp who has some good experience in organizing Pool and snooker tournaments in the local area .
it was Steve the owner who booked me in for a return visit to this busy club .
My work this time around was to re-cover three full size Karnehm and Hillman tables upstairs and have a general check round for nets and leathers straps , and leveling of tables .
here area  few photo’s of the Snooker tables .

All the tables are Karnehm and Hillman manufacture circa 1980s

I had worked in the past on all of these tables bar this one , but I got it this time
I think because it is near the door it is the last one to be booked out .

all of the tables where re-covered in top quality Strachan 6811 tournament cloth 30 oz weight
The secret about this club is , it is very well known for it’s pool tournaments and has a huge following in that area
many county pool team matches are played in this club .
leaving the snooker tables ticking over upstairs in what I would describe as a quiet peaceful environment just the sort of room you would want to play snooker  , so if you are struggling finding a club where a table may be available for booking on ?

Give Ron and Steve a phone at the Phoenix club 0n 01773 760 459  plenty of car parking across the road  .

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