Spirit Group is looking for sites to buy for its three biggest-growing brands, the community pub concept Q's, the Two for One food pubs and the lounge bar operation bar room bar.

The company, which was demerged from Punch earlier this year, said it had more than £20m to spend on new pubs.

Spirit said pre-tax profits for the year were £30.5m as sales rose 6.8% to £462.9m. Like-for-like sales were up by 4.2%.