Black Country Ales, the Gornal-based microbrewery and pub company, has acquired a new site in Bearwood that was a former HSBC bank and is eying a site in Wolverhampton to bring its estate to 33.

The pub is undergoing a three-month refurbishment and is due to open in July.

“It is quite a grand building with nice stone and woodwork inside and out. We need buildings that have a bit of character, one of our most recent openings was in a 15th century building in Wolverhampton,” Angus McMeeking, director of Black Country Ales, told M&C Report.

The next site the company is targeting is in Halesowen, near Dudley.

McMeeking said the company does not have a target for acquisitions, but hopes for a steady rate of openings as and when somewhere “feels right” and is available at a suitable time.

Black Country runs a microbrewery and is wet-led focusing on offering a wide range of real ales and from its own brewery and across the country.