Black Country Ales has sold the first two pubs in a planned series of disposals this year as it seeks to focus on a wet-led real ale house offering.

The brewer and pub operator has disposed of the Ivy House in Dudley and the Bull’s Head in Brierley Hill, director Angus McMeeking told MCA.

He added that two other pubs were in legals.

In March, MCA reported that the group intended to sell five pubs in its 23-strong portfolio because they were ‘community-based’ venues that did not fit the Black Country model.

The business aims to acquire classic real ale pubs where the beer is the star of the show.

McMeeking added that “modest sums” were available to grow the concept ‘slowly, one step at a time’ in the West Midlands area, an hour away from the group’s headquarters.