Pub Quoits, the small relative of the old sport of quoits has gone by a variety of names over the years including Bar Quoits, Indoor Quoits, Step Quoits, Evesham Quoits and Dobbers. Indoor quoits has been played around Wales and the West Midlands and was originally created so that quoits could be played indoors during winter when it was impossible to play traditional steel quoits.
Our Indoor Quoits game is suitable for pub leagues and serious competitive play as well as brilliant fun for parties and Christmas or other social gatherings. Pub Quoits is also ideal outdoors at a barbecue or summer fair. Our board is heavier, sturdier and more playable than other versions that you might have come across.Hand-made in Britain
Our robust wooden board is hand-made to our own design by an English craftsman. It is a good weight to prevent movement during play and comes in traditional west-country bright colours with a collapsible centre pin. Complete with instructions, the indoor quoits board measures about 18" (45cm) square.
The rubber quoits are black on one side and white on the other measuring approx. 3 & 7/8 inches, 10cm diameter. We have manufactured two types of quoits for use with this board.
Please note that our quoits are not compatible with the discontinued Jaques Step Quoits game - the Jaques game was smaller than regulation size and used smaller quoits.
Pub Quoits board with 4 rubber Pub quoits
Pub Quoits board and 4 Regulation Pub Quoits
Set of 4 regulation Pub Quoits
Set of 4 rubber Pub Quoits
The traditional game of quoits has a long and venerable history. The full game is played outdoors using iron or steel quoits that are thrown at metal pins embedded in beds of soft clay. Although a beginner will always aim for a "ringer", the game is very tactical and a ringer is not always the best shot - expert players will often attempt to "cover" the pin with a the top of a quoit sticking out of the clay or will occasionally deliberately flip an opponent's quoit out of the way. Two versions of traditional outdoor quoits are played - "The Northern Game" played in the North of England and "The Long Game" played in Scotland, Wales and North Suffolk, England.
Rather like Skittles, quoits takes a lot of space and additionally is too messy to play during winter. Enter the indoor version of the game that has been thriving around the Welsh/English border for many years. Known as indoor quoits, Evesham quoits, Table quoits or Dobbers, the game is thought to have been invented around the end of the nineteenth century and it is a very cleverly miniaturised version of the outdoor quoits game which is most enjoyable to play. The game uses flat rubber rings and to make up for their lack of shape, one side is coloured black, the other white and any quoit which falls black side up, doesn't score.
The quoits board is 3 feet square with a central stake and two indented concentric rings. The scores of the stake, and the two rings vary according to the location and the game being played - rather like Darts, it seems that more than one game is played using the same equipment. The standard game would just be a straight race to the final score of 61 points (scored on a cribbage board) but, in Powys particularly, an interesting variant using a special scoreboard is very popular in which each number up to 13 can only be scored once by the first player who manages to score that number in a turn.
You can learn more about the history of quoits from The Online Guide to Traditional Games.