Tips For Hosting An Event At A Gastropub

Posted on: 5 August 2019

A gastropub, which is a hybrid of a pub and eatery, is the ideal place to hold an intimate special event. Most gastropubs have fresh, modern interiors, which will provide the perfect backdrop for a variety of occasions. Although gastropubs serve alcohol and are typically known for their local beer and wine, they can cater to children as well, and often feature kids' menus. Because of this, you can also book them for family get-togethers, such as reunions and holiday parties.

Gastropubs also make fun venues for a wide range of other events, including wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, baby and bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and anniversary and college graduation celebrations. 

If you'd like to host your party in a popular gastropub, make sure to book it as far in advance as possible, especially if you'll require the use of the entire venue. If you have a smaller gathering, inquire as to whether they offer an intimate private event space. You may be able to bring in your own decorations to give the room a personalized feel.

Here are some additional tips for hosting a special event in a gastropub:

1. Catering

After booking the venue, work with the gastopub's event team to create a delicious menu that will appeal to all of your guests. Although gastropubs are generally known for serving appetizers and small plates, you may be able to have them cater larger meals as well.

Gastropubs have a casually elegant feel, so consider menu items such as hamburgers on artisan buns; homemade soups, such as French onion; and a variety of popular meal starters, such as beer-battered onion rings, French fries, and fried mushrooms. Some gastropubs are known for using local ingredients, so try to include some seasonal items, such as fresh salads, as well. 

When designing the menu, take any of your guests' dietary restrictions into consideration as well. For instance, provide a few vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free selections.

2. Special Features 

If you'll require special features during the event, such as a projector or TV screens, make sure that the gastropub can provide them—or will allow you to bring them in—prior to booking. Some eateries may also offer a dance floor and a DJ, which will add excitement to the event. 

Other offerings may include a private bar, an outdoor space with patio furniture and grills, and even tours if the venue features an onsite brewery.