‘Amazing’ family-run Woolton furniture business whose clients include the Liverpool FC legend

A small family business is making waves with its “incredible” bespoke furniture, handcrafted in Woolton.

Eve and Neil Raffle from Liverpool started Bespoke Barrels and Bars three years ago after feeling a ‘desire to do something different’.

The couple’s designs see old whiskey casks restored and turned into beautiful, striking furniture. The company creates a range of stylish and practical items from the barrels, including planters, tables, cabinets, bespoke bars, clocks and more.

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Eve, 41, a mum-of-three, told ECHO: “The business idea was born about three years ago out of a love of woodworking and a desire to do something different. Neil ran a landscaping business for about 20 years.

“We lovingly restore old whiskey casks and totally transform them, giving them new life.”

The business took off and quickly grew in popularity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with many people taking the opportunity to spruce up the homes they increasingly spent time in. Others wanted to enjoy their own home bars while clubs and pubs remained. closed during lockdown.

For the Raffles, running their own business turned out to be a joyful experience. Eve continued: “Our furniture became popular during lockdown and everyone started wanting their own home bar.

“Running our own business is very rewarding – we love being creative, taking something old and totally transforming it into great furniture.

“We love when people really love our work and it’s always great to hear amazing feedback about how much people really love and appreciate our work.”



The company creates a range of stylish and practical furniture from its Woolton workshop

Bespoke Barrels and Bars has received praise online, with one reviewer giving it five stars, writing: “An amazing company. Their expertise and customer service are second to none. I highly recommend it to everyone.

“The quality bespoke furniture and Christmas reindeer they make are just adorable and very popular.”

Another reviewer gave the company top marks and said, “Thank you so much for our amazing bar. The quality of service and the barrel are outstanding, I can’t thank you enough. It made our garden shed so special and we recommend you [to] everyone.”

Former Liverpool footballer John Aldridge recently bought one of the couple’s barrels, featuring the Liverpool crest as a tribute to his time as a record-breaking striker for the club in the late 1980s.



Liverpool star John Aldridge recently bought from the company
Liverpool star John Aldridge recently bought from the company

Eve and Neil run the business between them, with Eve handling the administration and customer service of the business and carpentry enthusiast Neil making all the products.

They were amazed by the community support they received in Woolton.

Eve said: “Woolton is a great community. We love giving back to the local community – recently planters were stolen in the village of Woolton [and] being a village business we wanted to help out and donated some of our barrel planters to replace them. We try to help Woolton in Bloom whenever we can.

“We get lots of great feedback on our barrel furniture from family, friends and our customers – people are always amazed at what we can create. Legend John Aldridge recently purchased one of our barrel bars.”



"We like to be creative, take something old and totally transform it into great furniture."
“We like to be creative, take something old and totally transform it into great furniture.”

Of their plans for the future, Eve hopes their business will continue to thrive.

She added, “We hope that in the future our business can continue to grow, employ more local people and contribute more to the local economy and local community.”

Bespoke barrels and bars can be found at The Old Dairy, 29c Woolton Street, Woolton, Liverpool, L25 5QA.

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