Pop stars who built a pub in their home

In the introduction to a 2012 Quietus interview with Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris, journalist John Doran wrote: “He comes from a different age when rock stars simply wished to achieve what their dads dreamed of – escape from the city to a nice satellite town, upmarket fishing, great seats at the football, a lot of travel and perhaps even one’s own pub inside the house for all their mates to drink in.”

Harris achieved all of those things, including the in-home pub, and he’s not alone. As we’ll find out, building a local that’s very local indeed remains an ambition for many of today’s pop stars, too. It’s an emblem of success, and perhaps also a consequence – offering those who can’t go to the pub without being bothered the chance to recreate the experience in private.

Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris

Steve Harris isn’t just Iron Maiden’s bass player, he’s the heavy metal group’s primary songwriter and that means receiving very substantial royalty cheques for almost 40-years-worth of hit records. When he first put his 11-bedroom mansion in Sheering, Essex on the market in 2013, he was asking for £6.75 million, as NME reported. You could understand why – parts of the listed building date back to 1427, and the property came with a gorgeous indoor swimming pool and gym, nine acres of land, a tennis court, full-sized football pitch (Steve’s an avid footballer and West Ham fan) as well as its own pub, thought to be called The Horse And Cart, above.

His property, which he’d owned since the 1980s, didn’t sell, forcing Steve to keep slashing the price, reportedly down to under £4 million. He now divides his time between homes in Los Angeles and Barbados.

Ed Sheeran

Judging by the time in 2014 he had an impromptu bar-side singalong at The Surrey Cricketers in Windlesham, as reported by Get Surrey, Ed Sheeran feels comfortable in the pub. Or he certainly used to. His fame is now such that he recently revealed to the Guardian that he suffered a panic attack on a flight from Spain to London, while he was on his own with “no friends, no security, at two in the morning, on easyJet, with all the p***** Benidorm lot”. He added: “I just don’t like groups of people that I don’t know any more… I can go to a pub, but only if it’s a pub that no one would go to.”

This perhaps explains why Ed has built an subterranean pub in his home. He told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about it in January, as reported by NME: “I had a bar before, a bar where you could pour beers but now this has a selection of beers, which is cool. There’s an underground tunnel to get there that you can close off. If I have a party, everyone goes in the pub and no one can get in the house, so you get no one raiding the cupboards or smashing anything. You have to go underground to get to the pub.”