Heritage Pub Company, the 235-strong tenanted group, is thought to be in sale talks with Goldtry, a property company that recently acquired 545 pubs from Punch Taverns. If successful, the pub group would be taken over and operated by County Estate Management. Heritage, which is owned by property company Atlas Way and entrepreneurs John Finney and David Harrison, was first marketed for sale in mid-October. It is understood that the company held abortive talks with R20, Robert Tcheguiz's acquisitive pub vehicle. Tchenguiz withdrew from talks to pursue the Spirit package of 345 pubs that he bought in December. Finney and Harrison formed Heritage from the remnants of Pennant Inns two years ago. Atlas Way was a shareholder in Pennant and retained a 50% stake in the new business. It is actually the second time Finney and Harrison have operated a pub company under the name Heritage - the first, a 55-strong concern they built organically, was sold to Pubmaster.