Xhemal Zeqiri and his girlfriend Valentina Filip completely transformed The Jolly Anglers in Reading (England), during lockdown – doing all the work themselves.
Xhemal, 44, who fled the Kosovan war 22 years ago, said: “This was an old man’s pub before, it was very dark, and people were scared to go in.
“The so-called beer garden was basically just a couple of benches in a barren yard. So I decided to create something no one’s seen in a pub before.
“It’s a bit special. I’m a qualified mechanic and engineer by trade. I could see the potential.
“Since the lockdown ended, we’ve been packed out. People love it.”
Valentina, 32, who used to be a TV presenter and model in her native Romania, said: “This place was horrible before, but now we’re very busy.
“We have a lot of regular customers and more keep coming!”
The couple got most of the furniture second-hand for a knock-down price during the lockdown.
They paid £100 for the pool, around £800 for the decking and they installed it all themselves.
The TV and hot tub were the most expensive things, costing almost £4,000.
And despite having a one-year-old son, Amir, the hard-working pair also transformed the upstairs of the pub into a bed and breakfast with four rooms.