Barons Pub Company is to open its ninth site this month, MCA understands.

The group has acquired the former Chef & Brewer site, The Jovial Sailor, in the Surrey village of Ripley, near Woking. The group will open the site on 28 January.

It follows the opening of The Inn at West End, also in Surrey, in October, which was the first Barons pub to feature accommodation.

The new openings take the company, which was founded in 2000 by Clive Price, to eight sites in Surrey, with another in Berkshire.