Lincoln entrepreneurs turn vintage bus into modern bar

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A 1966 Leyland Titan has been converted by two Lincoln businessmen into a fully functional mobile bar.

Route 14, the brainchild of David Humphreys and Alex Robinson, is the only bar of its kind in the county, and is available for public and private hire at events in Lincolnshire and further afield.

The bus, christened Leyla, was purchased by David last year, and has been converted over the last six months.

A total of around £60,000 has been invested by Route 14 into the whole project.

The upstairs floor of the bus has been renovated into a lounge, boasting ambient mood lighting, music and a VIP experience.

Downstairs, the bar is fully equipped to run 10 lines of ice-cold draught beers and ciders as well as serving cocktails, coffees, ice-creams and soft drinks.

David said: “The idea for the bus came from when I was on a party boat in Ibiza which I thought was a fantastic idea and was really well-received.

“Alex had also been on the Pimm’s Bus in this country so we merged the two ideas together to come up with our bar.

“So far, we’ve had an excellent response from the public and we hope this continues over the upcoming months once the bus has been at more events.”

The bar can be hired for a range of events from weddings and sporting events to trade shows and charity fundraisers, with the bus able to be tailored and customised for every occasion.

Indeed, Leyla’s first booking was on May 16 at the Dambusters Inn Beer Festival at RAF Scampton.

The team, consisting of David, Alex, driver Matthew Sear, and bar manager Kim Harrington, are now looking ahead to their next event at the Lost Village Festival on May 22, with a range of cocktails being served.

On May 27, the bus will be at Landmark House on Riseholme Road from 5pm where visitors can enjoy a free glass of champagne and meet the Route 14 team.

For more information or booking enquiries, visit the Route 14 website.