A popular cookshop in a historic Marlow town centre building is set to return to its former glory as a bar and restaurant, as new plans are given the green light.

It comes after the Steamer Trading Cookshop in the former Market Hall, at the top of the High Street, announced it was moving out of the building in June after almost a decade and was looking for a new premises within the town.

Now, planning bosses at Wycombe District Council have given the go-ahead for the Grade II building to be taken over by pub company Marstons, which is planning to run the new restaurant under The Lost and Found brand.

There are currently three The Lost and Found cocktail bars in Birmingham, Leeds and Knutsford, and the addition to Marlow could create around 15 full-time and 30 part-time jobs for the town.

Before the cookshop took over, the landmark building was the famous Crown Hotel.

Marstons said its takeover of the building will “ensure that it is both conserved and enhanced positively for the future”.

There will be a mixed bar and restaurant area on the ground floor, with a new reception and bar built by the front doors, and associated dining space in front of the building.

A secret bar will be hidden behind sliding doors for private parties towards the back of the building and the first floor will become a formal dining space.

The opening hours will be between 7am and 12am from Sunday to Wednesday, from 7am to 1.30am on Thursday and from 7am to 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.