Brunning & Price, The Restaurant Group-owned pub operator, has confirmed it has a further three sites in development.

It comes as the 55-strong group unveiled Haighton Manor, near Preston, which has now opened after a six-month refurb.

The group is currently working on the Physician in Edgbaston; the Dinorben Arms, Denbighshire, Wales and the Fox Revived, Norwood Hill, and said it has further intensions for expansion in 2017.

Haighton Manor now includes a 176-cover pub restaurant, a private dining room that seats up to 14 and a further 120 on the terrace and lawns outside.

Mary Willcock, manager director of Brunning & Price, said: ‘’We were very fortunate to have landed such a historic building in this beautiful part of the world. We look for buildings with character that we can sensitively restore to provide a pub that we hope will prove to be important to the local community. We also hope to happen upon something special in each pub that joins the family and in the case of Haighton, not only does the pub have great gravitas, but it sits within the most beautiful landscape.’’