By James Somper
Why bother going to the pub when the pub can come to you?
That’s what Marie-Louise Blunn thought when she launched the Rootless Pub, a giant inflatable pub that can come right to your front door.
The massive 10 x 12 metre pub can accommodate up to 70 punters and even comes complete with its own beams and fire place.
And there’s no risk of hurting yourself if you stumble into the door frame after one too many – because everything in the building is inflatable.
Now Marie, 42, from Harborne, Birmingham, West Mids, takes the pub across the country and says it proved such a hit that she’s even got bookings for as far away as 2020.
She said: “I knew I could never afford to run a pub and this was the best way to do it without having massive overheads or getting trapped somewhere.
“I know the problems publicans have and I wanted to try and do something different.
“Whenever people come into the pub they’re always amazed.
“Even when they’ve booked it and see it for the first time they say they never expected it to be so amazing, they always say ‘wow I love it’.”
Marie bought the giant blow up pub in April 2018 after she quit her job in admin and takes it to hundreds of events each years as part of her growing bar business.
She now travels across the country pitching the pub at weddings, parties and corporate events across the UK.
Marie said: “When I told everyone that I was giving up my job and buying an inflatable pub they thought I was bonkers.
“But I thought I’m going to always do what i wanted to do and run an inflatable pub, i’d just got a divorce after 19 years
“I’d always been good at giving parties and thought ‘why not’.
“I woke up one morning and thought i need to build a life for me and the kids and to do something in which were all involved.
The inflatable pub is made from the same material as a bouncy castle and takes 15 minutes to inflate the 12 metre long structure using a motorised pump.
Marie, who stores the pub in a shipping container said that owning the pub is something of a dream come true but has allowed her to avoid many of the pitfalls that come with being in the pub trade.
She added: “It’s hard to make money in the pub trade unless you tie yourself to a brewery but obviously there are pitfalls there too.
“This way I can still run a pub but do it on my terms and in a way that works for the punter.”
The pub can be hired for any event with prices starting from £650.