The legendary Bushy’s TT beer tent, a favourite destination for thirsty bike racing fans from all over the world, has been evicted from its long-established location on the promenade of Manx capital Douglas.
Bushy’s huge pop-up hostelry has been a major TT attraction on the Bottleneck Car Park next to the Island’s ferry terminal for two decades, ever since the original Bushy’s Bar across the road closed down. The former Yates Wine Lodge building it occupied, with Bushy’s ales brewed in the cellar, was redeveloped into offices.
However, Bottleneck site owner Douglas Corporation launched a competitive tendering process for its use from 2018 onwards. Bushy’s, which had created and developed the whole concept, was outbid by another Manx brewery, Hooded Ram. The majority shareholder in Hooded Ram is Indian entrepreneur Raj Chatha, a Manx-based tax exile who also owns the UK’s nationwide Oddbins off-licence chain.
In a statement, Bushy’s Brewery supremo Martin Brunnschweiler expressed his disappointment but said this setback doesn’t mean the end for the extremely popular Bushy’s TT beer tent formula. Following the local authority’s decision to put his traditional site up for grabs, he began contingency planning to cope with just such an outcome.
“Although at this stage we cannot say where the beer tent will be during TT 2018, preparations are in place to ensure Bushy’s remains at the heart of TT entertainment,” Brunnschweiler added. “We look forward to seeing friends old and new next year.”