A Chesterfield pub has opened six bedrooms as part of an expansion drive after a funding boost from Enterprise Loans East Midlands.
Andrew Watterson and Neil Turner opened The Crafty Dog in north Derbyshire earlier this year and since securing £500k in funding from ELEM has started work on renovating six upstairs rooms at the former Red Lion pub, due for completion in early 2019.
After realising a gap in the market for a craft-beer led pub, Watterson and Turner, armed with a decade of experience in the license trade, decided to launch their own venture.
Now The Crafty Dog is home to one of the largest collections of craft beer outside of London, with more than 30 brews available.
Watterson said that the ‘ultimate goal’ is to roll out the concept across multiple sites.
He says: “We have structured the business specifically so it is scalable and our sites can support multiple income streams. Our next phase of expansion is to look to renovate our outside space – the future is bright for The Crafty Dog so watch this space.”
Sukhveer Chirrimar, loan fund advisor at Enterprise Loans East Midlands, added: “We were thrilled to support Andrew and Neil with the funds they needed to take The Crafty Dog to the next level. They are both incredibly experienced in their own fields and complement each other’s skillsets very well.”