Robinsons Brewery has acquired the oldest pub in Lancaster - Three Mariners pub from Mitchells of Lancaster.

The 300-strong pub operator and brewer said the acquisition would bolster its standing in the town, where it also operates the Wagon and Horses.

The 15th century pub is one of only two sites in Britain with an original gravity-fed cellar and is the only cellar to be cooled by the natural spring seeping through from the castle rock.

William Robinson, managing director (Pubs Division) for Robinsons Brewery, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to acquire this historic tenanted pub in Lancaster city centre. The Three Mariners is a perfect fit for Robinsons and the purchase strengthens our presence in Lancaster. We remain committed to investing back into in our pub estate, supporting and improving our tenants businesses and we will continue to look for further excellent pub acquisitions, which will have a positive impact on our pub portfolio.”