Two married couples from Swanley have completed a two-year project to open a micropub in a former toilet block in the town.

Dave and Sasha Miller teamed up with friends Dan and Theresa Cotton and combined their surnames to open The Cotton Mill Micro Pub in Station Road.

After negotiating with Sevenoaks Council, the four friends managed to secure the site of the old toilet block and got to work on renovating it.

Dan and Dave's experience in the building industry came in handy, while Sasha and Theresa teamed up to carry out most of the refurbishment work.

Everything apart from the electrical wiring was carried out by the couples.

And their hard work paid off after a launch weekend on June 2-3.

"It was a really good opening weekend. We had loads of support from the local community," Sasha told News Shopper.

"Our business model favours local brewed craft ales. We are serving a lot of ales from Brew Buddies in Swanley and Bexley Brewery."

The owners hope the pub will be a meeting point for residents nearby to get together and chat over a pint.

"We want to become a hub for the community and families and all sorts of people," Sasha said.

Already, customers from nearby streets have joined together to visit the pub - many of whom had never spoken to each other before.

Among the events planned for the pub is a beer festival on August 4 and 5.

The details have not been ironed out yet, but the owners are planning to organise live music.

"It has just been such a great journey. We have all been in there every day and I am so proud of what we have done," Sasha said.