Brunning & Price (B&P), The Restaurant Group-owned food-led pub operator, is to open a site in Castlefield, Manchester, after acquiring the unused Jackson’s Wharf building in the area, for an undisclosed sum. Building work is expected to start soon, and the new pub under the name the Wharf is expected to open by early summer 2012. It will become its 26 site in total. Graham Price, managing director of Brunning & Price, said: “The Jackson's Wharf building presents significant challenges, but we have tackled a number of similar projects in the past, including warehouses on the canal-side in Chester and on the riverside in Shrewsbury.” In August, the company acquired the Little Manor pub, which borders the villages of Thelwall and Lymm. The Little Manor, which was originally built in 1642 for a General in Oliver Cromwell’s army, is expected to re-open next spring after a complete renovation. B&P currently operates an estate of 24 sites, including 14 in the North West, nine in the South East and one, the Greyhound in Oxford. It opened it latest site, the Old Hall in Sandbach, last month. In June, the Restaurant Group (TRG), which acquired the then 14-strong B&P business in 2007 for £32m, jointly appointed AG&G and Christie + Co to initially find acquisition opportunities inside the M25 and within B&P’s current heartlands of the North West and the South East. It is thought that it will eventually seek further locations within the M40 and M6 corridor, bridging the gap between its operations in the North West and South East.