About Toot Sweets
T he Toot Sweets van "Belle" is a beautifully restored vintage, boutique Citroen H van that can be themed to your event and requirements. Belle can be set up in a variety of different ways - so you can mix and match what we offer to suit your event/style/theme. Options include: Cocktail Bar; Mobile Bar; Champagne, Prosecco & Pimms Bar; Wine Bar; Barista Coffee Bar; Vintage Tea & Scones Van; Ice cream & Milkshake Parlour; Waffle & Ice cream Parlour or a mix of several options - the choice is yours!
Every service is bespoke. You tell us the date, times, venue, what you want us to provide and we'll give you an all-inclusive and affordable quote with no hidden charges - simple!
"Beau" is our Rustic Ice Cream Trike which can be set up indoors or outside serving the best ice creams, sorbet and boozy sorbet to your guests.
"La cage d'oiseaux" New for 2017! Our brand new spanking bar. Unique. Unusual. Themeable. Decadent. Different. Divine! Watch this space for more news on this sexy beast coming soon!
B elle the vintage Citroen H Van is totally adaptable to your event. Painted a neutral cream to complement any theme, with rich slate grey walls and oak worktops she's full of character, class and fun! Options for Belle include: Mobile Bar, Cocktail Bar, Cider and Wine Bar, Prosecco Bar, Waffles and Ice Cream Parlour, Coffee Bar. Mix and match the options to suit you.
B eau the ice cream & sorbet trike is painted in black and clad in locally sourced and reclaimed wood. Beau is eco-friendly and can be set up anywhere in even the most remote venues for smaller events or where access is limited to serve your guests both inside and outside. Serving artisan ice creams, sorbet and boozy sorbet as well as alcoholic lollies! Pricing and images for Beau can be found here.
Types of Event
T oot Sweets Citroen Vintage van and The Toot Sweets Ice Cream Trike can be hired for any event anywhere in the UK: weddings, charity events, corporate hire, birthdays, proms, fundraisers, school fetes, sporting events.... Talk to us about your event and ideas and we'll come up with ideas for theming "Belle" and "Beau" to suit you.
About the Owners
M eet Sarah, Justin, Jess & Dan. The family behind the Toot Sweets Van. Sarah and Justin are passionate about ice-creams, sorbets and coffee. They also have an extensive background in retail, public, private, corporate and charity sectors and have run events, bands, fundraisers and weddings for many years. More recently Sarah was a Wedding coordinator for over four years in a Cemetery (yes... yes you did read that correctly!).
Sarah saw the venue and knew straight away that it would be perfect for weddings, music and theatre performances, fitness classes, cinema, parties and corporate hire. She just needed to convince the trust Board too - and convince them she did! Not long after the venue soon became the venue of choice for weddings and events in the Bristol area so Sarah certainly has vision, creativity and event organisational skills.
Sarah came up with the idea of Toot Sweets as she realised that no two events were ever the same and clients need to have a choice in what is served to guests at events. She wanted a totally themable and adaptable vintage van that could be set up to do just that. Using both her's and Justin's vision, determination, enthusiasm, creativity, hard work and passion, Toot Sweets was born.
Jess & Dan are huge supporters of the venture having helped with some of the restoration, ideas and enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, many taste testing sessions! You'll find them at a lot of events too!
All the team at Toot Sweets are passionate, friendly, fun, hygiene trained, dedicated and creative about what they do. Everyone has ideas and suggestions for local products and serving. We want to make sure that your event goes smoothly and that everyone has an amazing time. We do all that we can to ensure that it does!
A s a family, Sarah, Justin, Jess & Dan fell in love with “Belle” at first sight. Found in the South of France, rusty, neglected, unloved and destined to be dismantled and used for parts and spares. Despite needing extensive work this historic, vintage Citroen van needed to be restored and loved again - Belle had found her new home.
The engine was cracked, useless and needed to be removed. A new V8 engine was a possibility but with the engine we also required new brakes, steering, clutch ...the list was endless, expensive and sadly not achievable in the end. As we couldn't put another engine in we decided to remove it altogether. This isn't a bad thing - Belle gets towed to all events and it means that she can now be located in shopping malls and event spaces.
Belle had a roof extension to enable us to stand up straight when working at events, as well as a serving hatch installed. She was then towed to Poole where she received over 20 hours of shot-blasting to remove all the rust and we were pleased on collecting her to find that most of Belle was still intact! She had a few holes which needed filling and sanding down but her transformation was beginning to take shape. After a coat of primer Belle was returned to Weston again for her final respray, windows replaced, brakes installed and the internal fit out.
Here at Toot Sweets we are nothing if not determined - and this shows in our rescuing of Belle! After hours of restoration the final result is just as we imagined with a fully adaptable vintage van available for any event. Why call her Belle? Belle was a bit of a beast when we found her, she's French in origin and what else could we call her if not Belle - and what a beauty Belle is! Get in contact and let us know your ideas for your event and see what we can offer you.