A contemporary garden room for the oldest pub in Britain

In our search for different uses for garden rooms, we’ve recently finished work on a contemporary garden room in Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, the oldest pub in Britain.


With this being a busy local business we worked closely with staff and management to ensure that the works didn’t disrupt enjoyment of the pub garden. Unfortunately the dreadful weather this summer did some of that work for us too!

Christo and his team at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks chose a 12 sq m garden room with Origin Aluminium bifold doors from our range of garden rooms available. As you can see from the photos, the garden room differs slightly from our usual contemporary design. This garden room was built from our Heritage range, designed to blend in with the history of its surroundings. The interior features tiling and Altro flooring.

To see our designs for contemporary garden rooms and the different options that we can offer, head over to our designs page.

The garden room is fully insulated. This is important with outside rooms that are being used for something other than storage. The insulation helps to regulate the temperature so it becomes more like another room in your house, giving you extra useable space for an office or outdoor den room.


Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is in St Albans and is Britain’s Oldest Pub, according to Guinness. It dates back to the 8th Century and the building that remains today was built in the 11th Century. There are tunnels in the cellar that connect the pub with St Albans Cathedral, which is nearby. These were said to be used by the monks. This quirky feature is not the only one at the pub as their website explains:

‘It is reputed that there are tunnels stretching from the beer cellar to the Abbey, apparently frequented by the monks of that time. Cock fighting was a national pastime in England for 600 years from the reign of Henry the Second up to and through the reigns of the three Georges and it is thought that the Cock Pit – about 8ft wide and 10ft long – was brought down from the Abbey when the original name ‘The Round House’ was changed to ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ until cock fighting as a sport was banned in 1849, when the pub name was changed to ‘The Fisherman’. However it has been known officially as ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ since 1872.’

We were pleased to be able to work on this project with Christo and his team. If you are thinking of a contemporary garden room project in your home or at your business then please do get in touch.

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