Pubs 'n' Bars has bought three freehold houses from the Sydney Phillips Pension fund for £740,000.

They are The Ash Meadow, Kings Heath, Birmingham, The Glasscutter, Whitchurch, Bristol and The Hand and Squirrel, Talbot Green, Llantrisant, Wales.

The Ash Meadow and The Hand and Squirrel will become part of the tenanted estate and The Glasscutter will be added to the managed division.

This latest purchase brings the total number of Pubs 'n' Bars estate to 68. Twenty will be tenanted and 48 managed.

The news came with the announcement of like-for-like sales 5.89% up on last year

in the current year to date.