Pub in Botley launches catering firm selling 'massive' burgers from £13,000 converted horse-box

A PUB has opened a new horse-box serving ‘massive’ burgers for events across the area.

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 4:37 pm

The Railway Inn in Botley now has the converted horse-box to cater for events, costing £200 to book with a charge to the cost of food orders.

The family run pub sees George Blackman, son of landlady Kay, take on the venture – and it already has more than 25 bookings.

The 30-year-old said: ‘We got it just three days before our first event last Wednesday.

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The new converted horse box offering catered food for events. Picture: The Railway Inn

‘We do everything ourselves – it’s home cooked. Big burgers, loaded fries, massive plates. And that’s what we’re going to start selling in the pub, because that’s what people want.

‘So far it’s gone really well.’

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George said the £13,000 investment – which is being paid in instalments – was a ‘risk’ given the pub has been closed for most of the past year, but diversifying has become ‘absolutely essential’.

He said: ‘It’s a lot of money, but given the events booked so far, we will easily cover the down payments for the horse-box.

‘And we will have it at the front of the pub to serve coffee and bagels as well.’

The pub has hired a larger horse-box to cater outside Southampton music venue The Brook when it opens later this month.

George said: ‘The dream for us is to serve food at Glastonbury.’

Bookings are available from the Railway Inn website.

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