A chain pub by the riverside in central Reading is looking to expand its beer garden by turning a car park and bin area into seating for customers.

The Back of Beyond, on 108 Kings Road, currently has a beer garden overlooking the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Owners JD Wetherspoon want to turn its service and delivery area into an adaptable extension to its beer garden.

Latest designs suggest the proposal could add an extra six tables to the garden area.

The extended garden area would only be open from 12pm.

During delivery and waste collections, garden furniture would be moved and the area cordoned off using a cantilever gate.

The service and delivery area currently contains a parking area, space for deliveries and bin, bottle, and barrel storage space.

An application to extend the garden was refused by Reading Borough Council (RBC) in 2014 because the council believed the proposed loss of the pub’s off-street service and delivery area and its impact on highway safety.

The pub chain believe its dual use service and delivery area will overcome the previous issues.

The Back of Beyond has been a JD Wetherspoons pub since 1996.

It was historically a ginger beer factory, before becoming a Salvation Army Barracks.