Black Country Ales has acquired four sites in the past month, to take its estate to 35, MCA has learnt.

The group has this week taken on the Queens Head in Enville Street, Stourbridge, which was owned by John Nuttall, the father of Joule’s Brewery managing director, Steve.

The group exchanged on three deals in March taking on the freehold of the Royal Oak in Shrewsbury from Ei Group, formerly Enterpise Inns, and securing its second pub in Stafford, the Bird in the Hand. It has also secured the former Barclay’s Bank building in Bewdley, Worcestershire, which will undergo a major refurbishment under an as-yet unidentified name.

The group opened the Shrewsbury Arms in Stafford in December.

Brewery director Martin Wilkins told MCA that the group was always alive to opportunities to add to its estate with good freehold deals and said all the new acquisitions would receive investment.