A SEAFRONT pub has plans to transform its beer garden.

The Fortune of War in King’s Road, Brighton, has submitted an application to install a curved wooden porch, a timber gate and eight freestanding boat masts with festoon lighting.

Bar owners want to erect a detached timber porch at its entrance to cover the ground floor bar area, with a number of large baskets framing the beer garden patio.

The baskets would stand at one metre high, and the masts would be approximately six metres high, which is lower than the promenade railings behind.

These baskets, or gabions, would be filled with flint and wood cladding to hold the wooden boat masts securely, and would also be a base for plants, including at least three Tamarix trees.

There are plans to install artificial foliage between the main arched windows of the pub’s facade.

A timber gate would be installed at the entrance to the beer garden from the promenade, with a curved top and fairy lights.

The pub, which is owned by the Laine Pub Company, also wants to install a bulb-lit fascia lettering sign to advertise its name in a fairground style, similar to the lettering at Brighton Palace Pier.

The application submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council by the pub’s planning consultants Lewis and Co Planning states: “The fascia sign with festoon bulb illumination proposed innovatively references the visual and atmospheric context of the Brighton seafront.

“The vintage fairground style is in keeping with the seaside resort character of this location.

“The sign’s size, design and means of illumination echo iconic signs in the area, such as that of the Palace Pier.

“The festoon bulbs of the sign will complement the festoon bulb strings which themselves echo the string lights between the historic lampposts along King’s Road above the site.

“The boat-themed masts and shutters, beach-inspired gabions and fairground-esque signage will enhance the character of the beachfront.

“The scheme will provide an exciting and interesting addition to the collection of colourful leisure venues here.”

The planning application also references the nautical theme of the pub, and there are plans to install wooden shutters around the baskets on the patio to add to the overall boat aesthetic.

Work to renovate Shelter Hall, next door to the Fortune of War, is due to finish this year.

The Shelter Hall building is being converted into a food hall for independent restaurants.