Orchid, the 300-strong managed pub operator backed by GI Partners, has opened its fourth site with Punch Taverns. The Black Bull in Midgley, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, has been converted to one of Orchid’s Great British Carvery concepts via a £300,000 investment from Punch. Orchid commercial director Simon Dodd said: “The investment has really taken the Black Bull on – lots of customers have already written to us saying how much they like the pub. I think Punch likes the upside of what we do too.” The Black Bull opening is the second Punch site to be leased to Orchid this year – during the summer, Orchid opened the New River Arms, in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. The other two Punch pubs that Orchid operates are the Cock & Dragon, in Cockfosters, London and the Organ & Dragon in Ewall, both of which trade as part of Orchid’s Thai & Dragon concept. The latest Punch opening means the tenanted operator now has the same number of pubs let to Orchid as family brewer Charles Wells - Orchid re-opened the Beehive in Welwyn Garden City as a Classic Carvery last month.