The Vintage Bar Box® was interviewed by Laura Cartledge for Etc Magazine, the most widely distributed, complimentary lifestyle magazine in Sussex. Etc is a monthly magazine packed with great reads from celebrity interviews, the latest fashion trends, beauty, and gorgeous interiors to motoring, gadgets, food and travel. Plus the magazine is full of interesting local features and the hugely popular scene@ pages. With 40,000 copies printed monthly, the magazine is distributed in a wide selection of prestigious outlets throughout the Sussex. You can read the article below.
Raising the bar
You may have seen a cocktail bar, you may have seen a pop-up bar, but chances are you haven’t seen a horse box bar. However, thanks to a moment of inspiration while stuck in traffic, Worthing resident Kerry Osmond has brought the innovative idea to life with the Vintage Bar Box®.
“I was driving behind a horse box and it got me thinking back to when I was a child and horse boxes we used to have,” explains Kerry. “My passion is local food and local produce and I was looking for something I could put my heart into – and something no one had done before.”
Since deciding to tie the two elements together at the end of 2012 there has been no stopping Kerry. So how did she find the perfect horse box for the starring role? “My dad was a dairy farmer so he was in the know,” she replies. “We got a 1975 horse box and just happened to find someone down the road who had the fibreglass moulds for it. It just came together, it was meant to be.
“I wanted to keep as much of the character as I could,” adds Kerry. “Keep the panels, the sides which used to protect the horses and even the hoof trodden marks on the ramp. There is a simple jockey door at the back, which we can escape via to restock.”
But balancing this rustic countryside charm, with the fittings needed to turn the box from holding horses to a working bar, understandably came with its challenges. “When we were building it we had to think what it would be like to travel. Because it was something which has never been done before even the craftsmen were scratching their heads,” she smiles. “It’s gone from something on paper to giving it over to a friend of the family who did the fit out. They were amazing, they could see my vision and are just as proud of it as I am.”
Kerry’s eye for detail and passion for perfection also came to the forefront to help source the drink and food producers. “It’s been a learning curve,” she admits. “I didn’t realise Sussex has so many great producers – there are some amazing ones which I feel people should be made aware of. “There is no-one really focusing on promoting the drinks we have,” she adds, “the other bars you can hire are usually big brands.”
The Vintage Bar Box™ radiates personality so it makes sense it can be tailored to fit the occasion – from quirky props to cream teas for a big birthday to a special toast to the happy couple. “I am building up a collection of retro deckchairs,” she says. “As a farmer’s daughter I am quite lucky as people have donated old milk churns and old cart wheels.
“We can also come up with a drink which reflects them, it is just up to the couple’s imagination,” explains Kerry. “I can see it working outside barns, inside marquees or outside. “My grandmother’s village has an event on the village green and I can see it there,” she adds. “My dream is to be on Hove Lawns, then I’ll know I’ve made it – at the food festivals, the drink festivals.
“The key thing that is different about the bar box is it can be independently powered by solar so we can be in the middle of a field and still be able to serve drinks at the right temperature,” she explains. “It also means there is no noisy generator.”
As a self confessed ‘outdoors girl’, Kerry is clearly loving getting back to her roots. “I used to work in London and had a two hour commute each way to the city, and that was when the trains were running to time, which wasn’t often,” she recalls. “It seemed the right time to breakaway from that.”
With bookings already building up for weddings, festivals and corporate events, the year ahead looks set to be a big one for The Vintage Bar Box® – and to prove Kerry right for following her heart.
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