South Yorkshire-based Acorn Brewery is to open its first pub, an Enterprise Inns site bought for £30,000 below guide price at auction. The Old Number 7 in Market Hill, Barnsley, was bought for £120,000 at Mark Jenkinson & Son auction in Sheffield. A £180,000 investment is planned at the 18th century, Grade II-listed pub, which will focus on restoring orginal features. The pub is currently closed and Acorn plans to re-open it in August. It comes as the brewery, which was founded in 2003, reveals that it’s expericing like-for-like sales growth of 30% and is currenrtly producing 80-90 barrels per week at the 150-barrel brewery. It has secured supply agreements with major pub operators including Punch Taverns and JD Wetherspoon. Dave Hughes, Acorn managing director, said: “This is another exciting development for us as the brewery business is bouncing. A brewery tap in the heart of the town is a major boost for us, allowing our ales to be properly showcased to a local audience.” Hughes said further pub acquisitions could be “maybe 18 months or two years down the line” depending on the success of the Old Number 7.