Weston Castle, the northern England-based pub operator, has secured leases on three pubs owned by Star Pubs & Bars.

The White House at Irlam, the Old Bridge House in Blackpool and the Station Hotel Altrincham are described as wet-led community locals in good locations, which are trading well.

It’s the first time that Weston Castle has taken pubs on shorter term, non-FRI leases; it has signed three year leases on the sites. The company also operates 25 freeholds and two pubs on long leases.

Chris Tulloch, Weston Castle managing director, said: “We like the Heineken brand range and have a good relationship with the company stretching back over a number of years on the freehold side of our business.

“These pubs fit our estate profile perfectly and it felt the right time to extend our partnership and try the leased pub model with Star Pubs & Bars. It’s a great way of expanding our business with a lower capital investment than required with freeholds and enables us to tap into some really good support from marketing and retailing expertise to deals such as 30% off Sky.”

Chris Jowsey, trading director at Star Pubs & Bars, the Heineken-owned leased pub company, said: “Weston Castle has a strong track record of developing community pub businesses to fulfill their maximum potential and we are delighted to be working with such an experienced and professional operator.

“Our choice of cider and beer brands and extensive knowledge of the sector, combined with Weston Castle’s expertise are a great synergy and the foundations for a strong partnership in taking these pubs even further.”