If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own pub then rejoice.
An inflatable pub that can hold 30 people is touring the country and is available for hire.
Customers can either hire the pub for themselves, and the company will set up and collect, or they can hire the van to supply the drinks and the pub is free.
To hire just the pub the price is around £300.
The idea originally started as a mobile prosecco van run by Anthony and Kerry deCaux, reports Wales Online
It led to the birth of the Little Tipple Van , or Tippie as she became affectionately known.
Now they have taken it to the next level.
The team have added an inflatable pub to the services the company has on offer. And two more vans to their fleet.
“As the business started to grow were being asked for a full bar facility, which at the time we didn’t offer,” Anthony explains.
“Based on our mantra of doing things a little differently we wondered how we could do that so we purchased another van to be converted in to a full bar set up but we didn’t think that was enough, so we decided to go all out and invest in the first inflatable pub based in South Wales.”
The pub can hold up to 30 people.
“Enough for most corporate or wedding events,” says Anthony.
“You don’t really want everyone in that area at the same time you want them still to mingle, if you are having a garden party then it’s ideal for most with that capacity.”
When The Little Tipple Van business was started in 2016 the couple decided they did not want a bog-standard burger-style or ice cream van.
The innovative pair of entrepreneurs wanted something a bit more “quirky” that would stand out at weddings, shows, events and parties.
They scoured eBay and Gumtree looking for a suitable vehicle when they came across a three-wheeled Italian vehicle.
The van was a Piaggio Ape, which are only 5ft tall and 4ft wide, and it had formerly been used as a pizza van, but now the Tuk Tuk van is part of the company’s branding as well as their colour, which has its own rather colourful origin story.
“Kerry decided when she was in the bath one day that the shower gel she was looking at was the ideal colour, so we took the bottle the paint shop and had the exact colour mixed,” said Anthony.
When they bought their first van she wasn’t running that well, but Mr deCaux lovingly restores her to be able to offer customers Prosecco, frizzante and chilled craft beers. He did all the work himself, apart from the painting and signs.
Using their connections in the wedding industry, through the florist business, and they attended their first wedding in the summer of 2016.
“Since then our feet haven’t touched the ground, ” says Anthony.
“We cover all types of events from weddings, festivals, parties to corporate all over the UK and in October 2016 we took the decision to buy a second van as our commitments for 2017 meant we wouldn’t be able to take any more bookings on several dates.”
Adding to the fleet
A second van, which was imported from Portugal, was finished in February this year and straight away both vans were in use covering events on the same day. A third van will be joining the fleet in 2018.
“We continued to grow and have been asked to cover many types of events from some very well know companies and institutions,” explains Anthony.
The third van, which was also imported from Portugal, is currently in the deCaux garage.
“It’s my winter project,” says Anthony.
And while the Little Tipple Van has been booming the florist business has been blooming.
Last month Kerry won Florist of the Year at the inaugural Welsh Independent Retail Awards, and the couple are set to take on a second premises in Cardiff.
“A couple were looking to sell their florists and knew Kerry so asked if she wanted to take it over,” says Anthony.
Source: Cornwall Live