West Midlands pub operator Bolton Inns has taken on its third site with Star Pubs & Bars as it looks to expand its footprint with five additional pubs in the next two to three years.

The business has taken on The Railway at Lye, and together with Star Pubs will be investing £465,000 in the site to upgrade its facilities, with food and barista-style coffee to be introduced for the first time.

The addition of the site takes Bolton Inns up to 10 pubs, with plans to reach 15 community pubs in the region by 2022.

“Expansion is at the forefront of what we’re doing. We plan to open five more community pubs in the West Midlands in the next two to three years,” said managing director Edward Bolton.

“We have been able to grow quickly due to Star Pubs & Bars’ flexibility and the great relationship we have with our BDM. We have worked closely with him to pinpoint sites that would work for our brand and offer communities strong, well-maintained pubs offering affordable food and drink.”

The Railway will be closed for around six weeks and will reopen mid to late November.

Star Pubs regional operations director, Caren Geering said: “Lye is a great suburb with lots of residents and different places to eat and drink in. What it doesn’t have is a family friendly premium local that serves great food and has a large garden. The refurbishment of The Railway will allow the pub to fill that gap and in so doing become the heart of the community.”