JW Lees has acquired the Goshawk pub in the Cheshire village of Mouldsworth from Hydes Brewery.

The group, which earlier this month won Best Brewing Pub Company at the Publican Awards, completed on the acquisition yesterday, bringing the former coaching inn into its Inns & Hotels division.

JW Lees, which recently acquired the Bluebird Inn, Samlesbury and Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow, said it remains acquisitive for new pubs, inns and hotels in the North West.

William Lees-Jones, managing director of JW Lees, said: “When we saw that Goshawk was available, we immediately knew that it would be a great pub for us, filling a gap in between Delamere, Frodsham and Chester and we believe that we can add value to the business by welcoming it to our growing Inns & Hotels division. We’re delighted to have bought the Goshawk and have inherited a fantastic team as well as acquiring a landmark pub. We are growing a collection of fine country pubs and they are becoming an increasingly important part of our core business.”

Tim Martin of leisure property specialists Fleurets sold The Goshawk to JW Lees, having marketed the property on a confidential basis.

Martin commented: “The sale of the Goshawk was successfully conducted with a restricted marketing campaign, as we were confident that the quality of the asset would mean that that we could secure a deal without disrupting the existing business. We are delighted that JW Lees have acquired this site and feel that the deal delivers for all parties.”

The Goshawk reopens on Thursday 28 March.