For Ben Levy going to his local was a luxury that he simply didn’t have the time for.
The 29-year-old was too busy running his bike shop to enjoy a cold one at the end of the day – so he decided to bring the pub to him and transformed his Volkswagen 1957 Splitscreen into a mobile boozer.
After months of tireless work and a cool £12,000 later Ben now has his very own public house parked on his drive, complete with optical bar, leather seating and even a dart board.
Ben said: “I bought it off a guy who imported it from Canada and my friend and I went down to Heathrow to pick it up.
“I was inspired to buy it by the VW show I go to every year – but I wasn’t sure what to do with it at first.
“I thought ‘let’s do something different’ so I decided I wanted to build a pub inside of it after a friend of mine came up with the idea.
“I thought it was a bit of a joke at first – but it was something I hadn’t seen done before so I thought ‘why not?’
The watering hole on wheels, aptly named The Dub Inn, a play on the Volkswagen nickname ‘Vdubs’, not only offers beer on tap, it also has a 240-volt power supply so customers can enjoy their pint extra-cold.
“We have got a local pub here so it just started as nothing more than my own place to drink.
“It took me a few months earlier this year to completely transform it. I have basically done it all by myself.
“It certainly looks the part because we have put in seating from an actual pub.”
Camper Life spotted the impressive VW at Camper Jam in Weston park and shared footage with fanatics across the world – and by no surprise, the The Dub Inn went viral.
“Since then attention on it has just blown up. It has won two prizes at camper van shows too.
“The VWs have a very big fan base and have become quite iconic, so it’s been great to get so much attention.”
Ben has recently started to rent out his van to weddings and events, but admits he still makes time to pull a pint for himself once in a while.
“I still use it as and when – it does cause a bit of a stir with friends.
“It has its limitations with space but it looks great and you can fit about four people inside with a couple of drinks.
“The pub down the road is still our local but there is not much time to go out because of work and it is just somewhere to escape from time to time.
“It’s been a good project to work on”