Romford friends take to the road with pop-up bar on wheels

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 07:08 07 July 2016

Best friends Craig Wiltshire and Keith Warren in the the Vdub Tavern

Best friends Craig Wiltshire and Keith Warren in the the Vdub Tavern


Two good friends passionate about beer and camper vans are about to take to the roads in a bar on wheels, coming to people with cocktails and craft brews.

The pair, who met behind the bar of the Liberty Bell pub, Mercury Gardens, Romford, 17 years ago, are now embarking on their own business venture.

Keith Warren, 48, and Craig Wiltshire, 37, both of Romford, got the idea of selling craft beer, craft cider and cocktails out of a van two years ago, while at a festival on the Isle of Wight.

“The mobile bar we saw there did look a bit tatty and we thought we could do something a bit better,” said Mr Warren.

Keen music fans, beer lovers and having pitched their camper vans around the country, when on trips together, the pair decided to “give it a go” and start their own mobile bar.

They bought an old Volkswagen van and completely revamped it to accommodate the bar and a serving platform.

They named it the Vdub Tavern.

“We are now ready to go and we know what we are doing,” said Mr Warren.

While the pair will be making cocktails, beer and cider will be supplied by the Brentwood Brewing Company.

Commenting on the growing trend of pop-up food and drink venues, Mr Warren added: “I don’t think there is much in the area and we have already got so much good feedback.”

It did not take long for the Vdub Tavern to fill up its diary for the summer with already plenty of wedding bookings and a place at the Brentwood Festival next week.

While Mr Warren works for a wholesale shop, Mr Wiltshire has become assistant manager at the Liberty Bell and both will have to juggle between their daily jobs and the Vdub Tavern, which will start operating during weekends.

Eventually, the friends and now business partners hope to make a living from their bar on wheels.

“We would like to buy another one and do it up and maybe one day we could have a fleet of them. That’s what we would like,” said Mr Warren,

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