Frequently asked questions
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Frequently asked questions – Hops & Bubbles bar hire
Hops & Bubbles was formed in 2018 by Dan and business partner Simon. We have both been involved in the hospitality trade for over 30 years, although not always as our primary profession. For the past seven years, we have both been heavily involved as volunteers in the development of our local sports and social club, increasing its membership from around 250 to over 1000 members, and turnover from £100k to over £300k. Before setting up Hops & Bubbles as a business, all our events would come from word of mouth. As we started building up some regular clients, we decided it was time to make things more official, and so Hops & Bubbles was born. Our involvement with the club means we have gathered a wealth of knowledge in what consumers expect when they go to a bar, and our continued relationship with various brand managers ensures we’re always up to date with the latest drinking trends.
Wherever possible we like to offer the full-on pub experience to our clients and guests. We want to ensure there is a drink available to satisfy everyone’s tastes. As a comparison, our fully stocked bottle bar offers the following as a minimum:
• 4 different lagers including alcohol-free and Gluten-Free options
• A minimum of 6 different real ales from the big brands and local brewers
• 7 different flavoured ciders including an alcohol-free option.
• Over 60 premium brand spirits
• A selection of wines and Prosecco
• A vast range of soft drinks including only premium mixers
• Bar snacks (well, it’s not a proper bar without a bag of crisps!)
• Hot drink offerings available upon request
The above is our tried and tested core range of products. We can add virtually any product to this list should you require it. Our ethos is to make sure that every guest enjoys their experience at our events.
Our current 'bottle bar' stock can be seen on our menu page. These are all tried and tested over many different events and thousands of guests and what we would class as our core range to satisfy most tastes. Want something not listed? No problem, just ask us and we'll add it for your event!
If you're planning on a cash bar, then most definitely yes. Don't worry; we can advise and apply for this on your behalf, we just need at least 11 working days before your event but would recommend giving us as much notice as you can in case there are any issues with your local authority.
We're happy to quote for wine and fizz for your wedding breakfast and can also arrange tasting sessions.
Yes, our public liability insurance offers £5 million of cover.
This will depend on the times applied for on the licence and the local authority. If you require a bar to serve past midnight, we would recommend at least six weeks to organise the licence in case there any issues with the licencing authority.
We can accommodate for every occasion including indoor and outdoor – from weddings to birthday parties, festivals, hen or stag nights. All our equipment is suitable for the hospitality trade so we welcome trade enquiries from pubs, restaurants and venues for 'equipment only' hire.
Yes, we supply everything required to ensure a smooth bar service.
We can find a way of making a bar work in most spaces, but ideally, we need a minimum of 3m x 3m for our smaller setups. For outside events, a 6m x 3m space is perfect for our self contained pop-up gazebo bar which will happily serve up to 500 people.
We have two regular bookings each year which cater for 2500 people, so anything up to that number we can handle! We always like a challenge though, so if you need something bigger, let us know 🙂
Every bar we operate will have a minimum of 2 staff members, one of which will be a Personal Licence holder, DBS checked, and Food Hygiene certificated as a minimum. As each event is unique, so will the staff requirements be. We make sure we have plenty of staff on hand so your event runs smoothly.
All equipment only prices are based on 24 hrs hire. We are quite flexible though, so if you have a bar booked for a Saturday, but want it set up on a Friday and taken down on a Sunday, we can usually accommodate this at no extra charge. As long as the equipment is not booked for another event, we are happy to do this for cash or pre-paid bars too.
Of course! Get in touch with us and we'll give you a quote. All our equipment only prices include free delivery, set-up and collection within 10 miles. Areas outside this area a small charge will apply.
We have a number of draught dispense options available, from keg beers to cask systems. Send us an email with your requirements and we'll quote accordingly.
We attend a number of public events throughout the year, so if you'd like to come and see us in action let us know. We're also happy for clients to come and view our bar units at a mutually convenient time.
We have a number of options depending on the type of bar and space restrictions. Our favourite way is probably using ice baths as this method is the most effective, but we can also supply fridges should they be required.
Our current prices (August 2020) are listed below:
Bottled lagers (Corona, Peroni, Bud etc) £3
Draught beers (pint) from £3.60
Bottled Ales (Doombar, IPA, London Pride, local brews etc) £3.50
Bottled Ciders (Old Mout, Bulmers etc) £3.70
Single server wine (187ml) £3.50, Prosecco (200ml) £4.50
House Spirits (Bacardi, Smirnoff, Gordons etc) £2.50
Premium spirits (Sipsmiths, Silent Pool, Whitley Neil etc) £3.00
Soft drinks & Fever Tree (200ml) mixers £1.50
All our staff receive in house training to ensure they are up to our strict standards and compliant with any relevant laws, Covid regulations and safety guidelines.
We pride ourselves on the range of drinks we offer, but understand it can be difficult for guests to choose! For this reason, we can supply printed menus for our events and also have 2 back bar screens which display our menu. Both our printed menu and bar screens can be tailored to your event.
A deposit will secure your chosen date and service you have requested. Deposits vary depending on the equipment and service you have requested. All details will be given in your quotation.