Regional pub operator Beer & Coffee Co is opening its fourth leased pub with Star Pubs & Bars under its pug brand, with plans to grow the collection to ten overall.

The White Horse in Shipston on Stour has been turned into a family-friendly pub following a £160,000 refurbishment, with a corner coffee bar and five en suite boutique letting rooms.

Now called The Lazy Pug, it joins The Black Pug in Warwick and The Fat Pug, The Royal Pug and Procaffeinate coffee shop in Leamington Spa.

The company is now looking to expand further with Star Pubs & Bars, with a view to building a group of up to ten pug-branded pubs in the West Midlands.

Matt Crowther, co-founder of Beer & Coffee Co. said: “Leased pubs work best for us, as they’re the quickest way to expand. We’ve built up a loyal local following for Pug Pubs and, with four sites, we’ve now got a strong structure and team in place from which to grow further. We enjoy working with Star – they’re innovative, keen to invest and flexible about adapting to suit our business model.”

Paul Linton, Star Pubs & Bars’ operations director, added: “We’re delighted to have joined forces with Beer & Coffee Co. once again. They’re well known in the county for turning underperforming pubs into much loved neighbourhood locals. They’ve done a fantastic job once again -The Lazy Pug looks stunning. It’s a great addition to Shipston on Stour and will no doubt attract trade from Pug Pub fans as well as local residents and visitors to the region.”