A historic village pub near Derby could be set to expand its accommodation offer after submitting plans to build a lodge in its car park.
Marston’s Inns and Taverns has submitted proposals to South Derbyshire District Council to build a 23-bed lodge at the Crewe and Harpur pub, in Woodshop Lane, Swarkestone.
The firm, which owns the 17th century pub, is seeking permission to build the two-storey property on part of its car park. As a result, the number of spaces would change from 96 to 79, a reduction of 17.
The proposed building would have an internal floor space of 750 sq metres.
These artist’s impressions show what the new lodge building could look like
The pub, which is set in a converted red brick coach house by the River Trent, is part of the Marston’s Inns brand.
As well as serving food and drink, it offers hotel-style accommodation in a nearby converted stable block which has seven rooms.
But now it would appear that Marston’s wants to expand the number of rooms offered by the Crewe and Harpur by building the new lodge.
The Crewe and Harpur is sited near to the River Trent and each year helps stage an annual re-enactment by the Charles Edward Stuart Society – marking the events of 1745 when a Jacobite army led by Bonnie Prince Charlie was thwarted in his attempts to claim the English throne.
The pub’s beer garden hosts the annual Bonnie Prince Charlie re-enactment
It was on December 4, 1745, when Bonnie Prince Charlie – formally known as Charles Edward Stuart – and a 6,500-strongarmy marched from Ashbourne to Derby in an attempt to claim the throne his grandfather, the Roman Catholic convert James II, had lost to William of Orange.
Two days later, the Prince and his army turned tail and retraced their steps northwards from Swarkestone, pursued by English troops.
The re-enactment takes place in the pub’s extensive beer garden on the banks of the River Trent.
The Crewe and Harpur isn’t the only Marston’s Inns pub in the Derby area offering food, drink and accommodation. It also has the King’s Highway, in Kingsway, Derby and the Blue Jay, in Linville Close, off Raynesway, Alvaston.
Last summer, Marston’s opened a 38-room lodge at the Blue Jay. The lodge and the pub at the site created more than 60 jobs and represented an investment of £1 million by Marston’s Inns and Taverns.
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Source: Derby Telegraph