Old village pub popping back to life

MHDE-14-08-13-Pub-Aug 10'Pete Lawrence is opening up his home (a former pub) as a pop up pub in memory of a former landlord who died recently.

MHDE-14-08-13-Pub-Aug 10'Pete Lawrence is opening up his home (a former pub) as a pop up pub in memory of a former landlord who died recently.

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An old pub in Braunston will open over the bank holiday weekend as a tribute to its last publican.

The Dog and Gun closed in 1971 after many years of serving the village.

The venue was later transformed into a private home now occupied by Pete Lawrence.

He is re-opening the pub on Saturday and Sunday as a tribute to Gertrude Brinkman, who died at the age of 98 on Sunday July 14.

Pete said: “I was lucky enough to meet up with Gertie in February last year, along with her daughter Lesley Masters and granddaughter Amelia, and the chat revealed a fascinating and amusing history of the house, which is steeped in history.

“Among other things it was the village fire station during the Second World War.

“It is amazing to think that this old village fixture for centuries behind its warm façade of deep and lustrous Northamptonshire stone, was once considered ripe for demolition when the previous owner bought it as a pub from the brewery. “Luckily, he decided instead to convert it and this now listed 18th-century house, with its later Victorian additions, has survived to tell the tale.”

Gertrude and her husband moved in to the pub in 1948. After her husband died in 1959 at the age of 44, the mother-of-two ran the pub single-handedly and was single-minded about the task in hand.

As a tribute, the ‘pop-up pub’ will be open on a temporary licence with much planned to entice people to reminisce.

Pete added: “We will be serving real ales, ciders, classic pub fare including ploughman’s lunches and pasties.

“There will be a non-stop musical soundtrack in the garden and barn at the rear including pop, soul, folk, jazz and swing.

“We plan to serve Phipps IPA and Red Star, manufactured by the local Northamptonshire brewer who once owned The Dog and Gun.”

Pete will also be doing a DJ set to feature late 60s and early 70s sounds.

The opening hours will be noon to 11pm on Saturday and noon to 7pm on Sunday at 32 High Street.

The garden entrance will be at the rear opposite 20 Church Road.

Visit http://picnicvillage.com/petelawrencecreative/living-in-braunston/the-dog-gun-as-a-pub for more information.