New features outside Petworth’s historic Angel Inn were given the go-ahead by Chichester district planners.
Two objectors complained about increased noise and intensification of use, but there was strong support from Petworth Town Council and a petition of more than 500 signatures.
The northern area development control committee was unanimously in favour of proposals put forward by the inn.
Retrospective consent was granted for the resurfacing of an existing outside area from lawn to paving, which has already been carried out.
Permission was also given for an external work area, an open store, and alterations to a pergola.
The council’s historic buildings advisor had no objection to the plans for the grade II listed building, and neither had its environmental health department.
Petworth representative Cllr Eileen Lintill said the pub had been operating for hundreds of years, and the use of the rear garden was well established.
“I really support this application, and see no reason to refuse it,” she said.
The town council said the Angel was ‘just what Petworth needs.’