We like getting out on the road. That’ll come as no surprise. So ahead of stopping off at some of the summer’s booziest (and muddiest) sporting and social events, we decided to build our own watering hole to take with us. No small challenge, it turns out, especially when discussions about it mentioned the words Dad’s Army, DJ decks, cocktails, wellies and heels in the same sentence…

The most pressing question was just how we’d get this dream machine from A to B. For decades we’ve been driving our Landys north to south, and east to west, come rain or shine, but these just wouldn’t cut it – more space was needed for what we had in mind (everything from pints to Prosecco, and a few cheeky cocktails in between). We happened upon a revamp-ready vintage army truck from 1995 and it turned out to be just the ticket; one side folds down and extends out into a platform that can feasibly host 75 merry-making event goers. Perfect. But what about the predictably unpredictable British weather?

We needed a tent. A specialist company in Chichester stepped up to the plate and managed to source military canvas tenting that did time in Vietnam in the 1950s – if tents could talk… The talented team recycled it for us, re-stitching to spec and being careful to keep the original markings, as well as supplying a tent pole from the 50s.

Next Steph, one of Jack Wills’ designers, illustrated her vision of what it would look like when finished: a raised, tented structure with steps either side and an expansive bar inside that wouldn’t look out of place in a cocktail scene from Mad Men. We christened it The Mucky Pheasant and fellow designer Olivia brought him to life in watercolour form.

In keeping with the modern-vintage vibe, this bespoke zinc bar is illuminated by hanging pendant lights – made from hand-blown Bakelite glass from the 1950s – and hundreds of bottles are lined up behind it, while pints flow from brass fonts. Don’t be misled though – the Pheasant is a 21st century bird equipped with WiFi so you can Instagram to your heart’s content.

Our extensive house-cocktail sampling confirmed that The Mucky Pheasant was indeed ready to shake his tail-feathers and get on the road. First stop: Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in good ol’ Gloucestershire…