Heartstone Inns, which was formed by ex-Refresh UK colleagues Stuart Hawthorn and James Birch, has acquired its seventh site. The operator has obtained the freehold interest of the Wise Old Owl, Kingsfold, near Horsham, for an undisclosed sum. The sale of the pub, which occupies a prominent position on the busy A24 Dorking, was handled by Fleurets. Birch, managing director of Heartstone Inns said: “The Wise Old Owl is a very well located pub which has great potential. During November we are planning to make a number of improvements to what is already a very attractive building.”