Bath Ales, the West Country brewer and pub operator, has continued with its expansion plans with the acquisition of a closed pub located across the road from its head office and brewery. The Warmley-based group, which is led by managing director Roger Jones, has acquired the Hollybush pub and plans to revamp the site subject to receiving planning permission. The 10-strong group opened it latest venture, a new craft beer and pizza bar concept called Beerd in Bristol, late last year. The company, which is led by Roger Jones, plans to open a further one to two new outlets over the next 12 months, including a couple outside of its usual trading area. Jones said: "We are always looking for possible retail sites and with the Hollybush being so close to the new warehousing and distribution site. it makes perfect sense for us to add it to our estate. "Trading is subject to planning approval and is not expected until much later in the year, when we hope to offer our customers the quality beer and service they have come to enjoy."