The Tadcaster Pub Company has reached its target of 50 pubs by the end of 2004 with the acquisition of The Old Cottage Tavern in Burton-on-Trent. Tadcaster managing director James Crawfurd-Porter said: "It's extremely satisfying to reach 50 outlets inside three years as this was one of our central launch objectives." The purchase is also the company's first move outside its Yorkshire and the North East heartland, a move that Crawfurd-Porter described as ‘vital as we focus now on driving the company forward and building our estate further’. The pub will continue to stock cask ales brewed by the previous owner’s microbrewery. "It is not our policy to make radical or wholesale changes if a pub is performing as well as the Old Cottage Tavern," Crawfurd-Porter said. The Tadcaster Pub Company has also recently acquired the Bay Horse, in Great Smeaton, near Darlington; the Rose and Crown, Burmantofts, Leeds; the Hole in the Wall, Hull; and the Boosbeck Hotel, Saltburn, near Middlesbrough.

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