A popular village pub is aiming for a big boost in trade after plans to extend its bar and restaurant were approved as part of a major renovation scheme.
The White Swan, in Main Street, Walton, is bucking the national trend of continuing pub closures, with figures from real ale campaign group CAMRA showing as many as 20 a week are going under across the UK.
The pub has already undergone a recent major revamp including a new pizza oven which has become a hit with customers.
Now, plans have been rubberstamped by South Derbyshire District Council enabling a three-bedroomed flat on the first floor to be turned into an extension facility, along with erection of a rear first floor extension to form a staircase, new fireplace and internal alterations.
The plans were submitted by owners Richard and Loren Pope, who created the Chilled Pub Company. They also own the Bull's Head in Repton, and the Joiners Arms in Derby.
They snapped up the White Swan in January last year, and are hoping to preserve what has now become the only pub in the village.
A report to the council by agent Darryn Buttrill, of Repton-based bi Design Architecture Ltd, previously said his client was "extremely dedicated and motivated" to turn The Swan into a thriving pub.
The owners have already revamped the pub with extensive new decorating which has already gained positive comments from customers while the bar area has received an extensive facelift.
The Swan is now the only pub in the village and has had a long history of failure, according to the council report.
Mr Buttrill said the only way to make the current business viable and preserve the last remaining pub in the village was to develop and grow the food offer, which requires more restaurant capacity.
The owners will be required to start the extension work within the next three years, due to council planning requirements.