Nigel Pinegar, former retail director at Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), has launched a new pub venture called Pug Pubs.

Pinegar, who was with M&B for over two-and-a-half years and was also previously director of operations at Paramount Restaurants, has set up the new company with Matthew Crowther, a former openings manager at M&B.

The first site under the new vehicle, the Royal Pug will open this April in the centre of Leamington Spa.

Crowther opened the Fat Pub in Leamington Spa in 2012, which has now been brought under the Fat Pub umbrella.

It is thought that the group will look to add further sites to its portfolio in the region over the next few years.