Amber Taverns has bought the freehold of the Lamplighters public house in Castleford, West Yorkshire, for an undisclosed sum. The pub company plans a refurbishment of the trading areas of the premises as soon as possible, with the site set to reopen early next month. Martin Stansmore, associate director at Christie & Co, which handled the sale for a private client, said: “The Lamplighters is a traditional wet-led public house offering versatile accommodation and ideally situated within the town centre to attract custom throughout the week. "The property attracted strong levels of interest as soon as it was placed on the market. A deal was agreed after a short marketing period and the sale completed swiftly. It is great to see public houses being retained for the local community.” Amber Taverns was created by Clive Preston who sold the Nectar pub chain in 2005. It was backed by Acuity Capital, Maxcap Partners and Unicorn Asset Management on start-up, and operates from Stoke to Newcastle. A management buyout of the group in October was backed by Legal and General Ventures, and there are plans to double Amber's estate of 56 pubs by 2014.