Elite Pubs, the Kent-based operator, has secured its fifth pub after acquiring the freehold of the Swan at The Vineyard, in Lamberhurst, for an undisclosed sum.

The group, which was founded in 2003 by Martial and Natasha Chaussy, acquired the pub from the Lamberhurst Estate, who own the Lamberhurst Vineyard located next door.

The group is now in the process of carrying out an extensive refurbishment program on the site, which will reopen later this spring under the name the Vineyard.

Elite also owns four other pubs in Kent and East Sussex - the Great House near Hawkhurst; the Farm House in West Malling; the Gun near Heathfield; and the Dirty Habit in Hollingbourne.

Christie + Co acted on behalf of the vendor.