The wheels of the bus have started to go round and round on a new mobile restaurant bar business set up by a South Wootton man.
The No.08 is a double decker bus which once travelled the streets of Birmingham but was bought a year ago by Ryan Rudd who has had it converted into a luxury cocktail bar and plush dining deck.
With an investment of around £100,000, the bus which has travelled over million miles since it went on the roads in 1984, has been given a new lease of life. Its transformation was carried out by North Lynn firm, B&B Engineering.
Its original route was the then Number 08 route from The Radleys to Hamstead, hence its name.
In future its journeys are set to include numerous venues across the county and beyond offering a dining and drinking experience with a difference.
Said Ryan: “People will have the opportunity to enjoy high end food sourced locally and first class drinks.
“We are going to take the bus to some striking venues where people cannot always have access.”
The No.08 was launched at Stradsett Hall earlier this month and the next stops it will be calling at in future are Pentney Abbey, The Red Barn in South Runcton and Happy Valley at Gayton.
“Because the business is mobile we have plenty of options as to where we can go. We are available for private parties, corporate events and are also looking at festivals and horse racing venues. Bookings for 2016 are already starting to build up,” said Ryan, who has worked in the mobile bar business since 2008 for Twilight Bars, the parent company. He has worked with his father, John Rudd, of Rudd Marquees, providing mobile bars, and has been to London where he has trained in cocktail making.
The No.08 has a full mobile catering kitchen, its own power generator and luxury toilet pod.The food is prepared by Julie Abbs Catering. It also has a marquee available.
The bus is an ideal venue for a small wedding or alternatively can be used to offer guests canapes and cocktails before another event.
The lower deck houses the cocktail and lounge area, while the restaurant, which seats 22, is upstairs. With the use of the marquee, up to 60 people can be accommodated.
Said Ryan: “If anyone is planning party and already has a venue, then the restaurant can go them. It offers great versatility.”
Bookings for the No.08 are essential and should be made seven days in advance. Call 07470 331298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org