TOWIE stars & footballers love inflatable pub that turns home into beer garden

Lockdown meant many Brits were left heartbroken as they couldn't make it to the pub for a cheeky pint.

However, businessman Rich decided to come up with a way to solve than – use inflatable pubs that you can have in your garden.

Talking about how he came up with the idea for his business The Air Of The Dog, Rich said it all started at a family BBQ.

He exclusively told Daily Star: "The Air Of The Dog is a family run business from Kent.

"Myself and my partner was furloughed when we first went into lockdown in March. Whilst at a family BBQ we were talking about walking to the local pub, however this was shut due to lockdown.

"So we just joked about having a pub in the garden. After some research we learnt about inflatable pubs."

Rich continued: "I'm one for coming up with some crazy ideas and when I said I'm going to buy an inflatable pub everyone just thought it was one of those ideas.

"Three weeks later there was an inflatable pub in my parents garden all kitted out with draught beer system, bar, benches and festoon lights."

Rich said that after advertising the inflatable pubs for hire, bookings really took off.

He added: "We now have 5 inflatable pubs in various styles and sizes, two converted horse trailers that we use as bars and a converted black cab bar which delivers freshly poured pints to your door. As well as mobile bars for weddings and all types of events.

"This has all been made possible with the help and support from the family."

Rich said he's been running the business since last March and invested the money he have made into the rapidly growing business.

Asked about how business was in lockdown, Rich admitted government rules halted things, but that business is now booming.

He continued: "Lockdown started strongly, but when Boris announced the rule of six we had 37 cancellations in less than 24hours, it was tough.

"It slowly built up again and now it has gone crazy.

"We are averaging 7 pub hires every weekend, one horse trailer is on a long term hire the other is booking up fast for weddings and events.

"The converted black cab bar is constantly out delivering freshly poured pints to households and work places around Kent. Its hard work but great fun."

Normal pubs are open again now, but Rich said he can't see it affecting business.

He commented: "Based on the bookings we have and the enquires we get daily I only see us growing.

"A lot of new bookings are based on recommendations from previous bookings. We have had 21 bookings in the last 2 weeks.

"People love the fact they can have an fully functional pub with draught beer, fridges, benches, stalls, music and more all in their garden.

"It's like hiring out a pub at a private function without all the restricted rules, plus the stumble home is shorter!

"With weddings and events soon allowed to be open fully, we are booking up fast along with corporate events and more."

Even celebs and sportsmen are lapping up the inflatable pubs, which can be hired in Kent, Essex and London.

Rich said: "Former TOWIE star Sam Mucklow's partner Shelby hired us as a surprise for him.

"He had Guinness on tap and we provided him with his very own personalised Guinness glass and more.

"We have quite a few more celebs booked in the next few months, including TOWIE stars, X Factor finalists, premier league footballers and more."

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Rich says he can even supply the booze for the pub, writing: "We have many different packages. We can provide dry hire, which means we can provide you with the pub, bar, fridges and more. To fill with your own booze.

"We can also provide you any alcohol you desire from fully functional draught beer systems, cocktails, wine on tap and more.

"We can also provide themed nights like wine tasting nights, cocktail making/tasting nights and other themed events.

"There can also be a cash bar for events and parties. Meaning we provide all the booze from beers, spirits and wines and sell to your guests individually like a normal functional bar."

Asked if he's ever had any crazy demands, Rich said he recently we had a client request the pub to be floating in his pool as he is hosting a pool party in July and wanted a swim up bar!

He exclaimed: "These things weigh 35 stone but we have found a way!"

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