Raise a glass to Gertie

Pete Lawrence is opening up his home (a former pub) as a pop up pub in memory of a former landlord who died recently.
Pete Lawrence is opening up his home (a former pub) as a pop up pub in memory of a former landlord who died recently.

A former pub in Braunston will be opened up over the bank holiday weekend in a special tribute to the last 
publican before it closed.

The Dog and Gun, an iconic pub in the village, closed it doors to customers in 1971 after many years of serving pints to its regulars.

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

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

Speaking about Gertrude and the pub’s history, 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 the building’s fascinating and amusing past. The house 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, she ran the pub single handedly with two young children and was single-minded about the task in hand.

As a tribute, the pop-up pub will be open on a temporary licence with several things planned to entice people to reminisce about the good old days.

Pete added: “We will be serving real ales, ciders and classic pub fayre 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 and the venue will be at 32 High Street in Braunston. The garden entrance will be at the rear opposite 20 Church Road.

For further information about the history of the pub visit http://picnicvillage.com/petelawrencecreative/living-in-braunston/the-dog-gun-as-a-pub.