Linton man to launch pop up pub venture in Hadstock tonight

Tony Kelly, of The Portable Pint
Tony Kelly, of The Portable Pint

A man from Linton is embarking on a new business venture to provide pop up pub nights to villages which no longer have pubs.

The Portable Pint is the brainchild of Tony Kelly, a former Linton Village College teacher who left his position last Christmas to pursue his own business interests.

His launch event will take place in Hadstock tonight with a pop up pub opening in the village hall at 7pm offering wine, real ale, cider, lager, Guinness and soft drinks as well as scotch eggs and pork pies.

Mr Kelly said: “So many villages around here have lost their pubs, which means that there is nowhere in the village for people to meet.

“A recent study by academics at Oxford University found that people who visit small community pubs close to their home enjoy greater health and wellbeing and a greater sense of social cohesion than those who drive to town centre pubs or stay in and drink on their own.

“Hildersham lost its pub four years ago and the villagers are currently in the process of attempting to raise the capital to buy it back.

“Hadstock, where my opening night is to take place next week, also lost its pub last year despite a campaign by the village to save it.

“The property has been bought by a new owner and there are plans to redevelop the pub, but in the meantime the only meeting places in the village are the village hall and the church.

“The village hall committee are supporting my pop-up pub night and if this is successful, I hope to make it a monthly event until the pub reopens and to offer the same to other villages without a pub.”