First hurdle overcome. I have just had a lengthy phone chat with Barry who tells me Skinners Rats already have a booking for that evening but are free lunchtime. He is also enthusiastic so I will be looking to arrange something for late morning into the afternoon.
Extending into the evening will be dependent on negotiations with the pub and/or whether someone else wants to organise something bearing in mind that there are no seats in the Coach House now and it may not even be licenced. But, however well meaning, PLEASE DON'T APPROACH THE LANDLORD YET until I've had a chance to get things sorted out.