Table Skittles

Table Skittles

Also known as Indoor Skittles or Bar Skittles, this is one of the most popular indoor pub games. Just like full alley skittles, each player has three attempts to knock down the skittles but in this space-saving version, the ball is swung around a pole toppling the skittles upon its return. A game of great skill for serious pub competition or just good old fashioned fun for children and adults.

We have tested Table Skittles from various manufacturers over the years and we only make available Bar Skittles that are well-made and sufficiently robust to last and to ensure a enjoyable game.

Hand-made Deluxe Bar Skittles

109.90

A well-finished 2 foot table from an English craftsman with hand-turned Oak skittles.

Hand Made Oak League Size Bar Skittles

Out of stock.

Stunning, hand made Oak Table Skittles suitable for pubs and competitions as well as casual use at home.

Handmade Oak League-size Bar Skittles with storage compartment

Out of stock.

Beautiful, handmade league Table Skittles with storage compartment and cribbage scoreboard

Hand-made League Oak Bar Skittles - with Skittle Return Cord

335.90

Beautiful, 3 foot Oak Table Skittles for pubs, events and connoisseurs. Sturdy design with hand-turned Holly pins and ball. Optional cord-pull skittle return

 

Bar Skittles Spares

From 14.99

Pins, balls, chains and poles

 
 
 
 

The Origin of Table Skittles


Skittles or Nine Pins as played on an alley is still one of the most popular pub games and is the ancestor of a number of games including ten-pin bowling. However, it does take up a lot of space and so it's no surprise that miniaturised versions of the pastime eventually started to appear.

Just like alley skittles itself, different miniaturised versions of the game are particular to certain regions of Britain - Hood skittles is popular in and around Northamptonshire whereas Daddlums has only ever been found in Kent. But the most popular and well known table-top version of Skittles pictured above, was invented sometime in the 18th century. Known variously as Table Skittles, Bar Skittles and Pub Skittles it also goes by the name "Devil amongst the Tailors". The latter name came about in the year 1783 during which the Theatre Royal, Haymarket ran a play that, for some reason, offended the tailoring profession so much that a group of tailors and theatre-goers rioted at the theatre one day. This upset caused the Dragoons to be summoned to restore public order and, upon arrival, the Dragoons were reported to have ploughed through the rioting tailors like a wooden ball through table skittles. And the game has been known as "Devil amongst the Tailors" ever since.

To prepare each nine miniature pins are positioned on a small platform within the square game board. In the corner of the board, stands a pole with a ball suspended by a chain from its top. The ball is swung around the pole in such a way that upon its return, it ploughs through nine skittles on a platform. Aside from the equipment and the location on a table top, the rules are pretty much the same as skittles with the maximum theoretical score in one turn being 27 points. As with several pub games, scoring is often performed on a cribbage board.

Learn more about the History of Table Skittles from The Online Guide to Traditional Games.

Premier Oak Table Skittles | Hand Made Bar Skittles

Hand made Oak Bar Skittles with cord skittle return

Premier Table Skittles (Devil amongst tailors), Bar Pins. Hand made from solid Oak. Suitable for pubs, competitions and connoisseurs

Deluxe Bar Table Skittles (Devil amongst tailors)

Hand-made Deluxe Bar Skittles

Deluxe Bar Table Skittles (Devil amongst tailors). Beautifully hand-made from Oak and can be packed flat for easy storage

Table Skittles / Bar Skittles Spares

We offer spare parts for Table skittles, also known as Bar Skittles, including pins, balls & other parts.

Hand Made Oak League Size Bar Skittles Game

Hand-made Oak League-size Bar Skittles

A truly stunning, hand made, Oak Bar Skittles game. Made in the UK to the highest standard, the game looks as good as it plays. League / competition size.

Handmade Oak League-size Bar Skittles with storage compartment

Hand-made Oak League-size Bar Skittles with storage/scoreboard

A truly exceptional handmade Bar Skittles game consisiting of an oak frame and hand turned oak pins. Integrated pin storage and cribbage scoreboard.

 

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