Living Ventures (LV), the north west-based restaurant and bar company led by Tim Bacon, has secured a site for its second pub venture, The Botanist, in the village of Alderley Edge, Cheshire. The 26-strong group, which plans to invest c.£8m on new openings this year, has acquired the former Number 15 Wine Bar in the village through its New World Pub Company vehicle, with a re-opening of the pub scheduled for May/June. The company said that The Botanist would have the “same ethos and values” as its city centre counterpart the Oast House, which opened in Manchester’s Spinningfields last September. Bacon, managing director of Living Ventures, said: “The Oast House in Manchester has established a very strong following in a short space of time so I’m confident we will achieve the same with The Botanist and bring No 15 back to life.” The Botanist will feature a cellar of cask-conditioned ales, around 50 bottled beers and ciders from around the world, a selection of Champagnes, wines and spirits, a deli-style smokehouse menu with rotisserie and external barbecue and al-fresco dining in the site’s walled garden. Living Ventures, which secured £4m in new funding in December, plans seven new openings in total this year, including a new family-restaurant format and a fine dining venue. The openings will also include two under the group’s Oast House pub concept, which is based on a 16th-century Kent oast house and offers traditional ales, Continental beers and sharing platters – in Liverpool and Greater Manchester.