Derbyshire brewer and pub operator, Ashover Brewery, has taken the lease on the Royal Oak at Old Tupton, near Chesterfieldm with Star Pubs & Bars and is jointly investing £160,000 in the site.

As part of the refurbishment, the pub will be renamed The Tupton Tap.

The move takes Ashover Brewery’s estate to a total of five sites (two leased and three freehold) with the brewer looking to expand further in the area.

There will be eight cask ales on tap offering a range of predominantly local beers, alongside the Heineken range.

Work is expected to take around two months with The Tupton Tap scheduled to reopen at the start of June.

Kim Beresford, Ashover Brewery managing director, said: “I’ve known the pub for many years. It is an imposing building in a prominent location and full of potential. It is close to our Clay Cross brewery so it will be a special pub for us. I had a very clear idea of what would work there and Star has been very flexible in accommodating that vision. The pub’s beer is critical to its reputation. It will be a show case for cask ales with Heineken’s lagers providing a good complement to our range.”

Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars managing director said: “Ashover Brewery is known for great pubs as well as its great cask ales. We’re delighted to be working with them to rebuild a much needed local pub with a fantastic choice of beers.”

Ashover Brewery is looking for further pubs in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Beresford says the pub and its location are the determining factor and he is open to both freehold and leased opportunities.

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