Staffordhsire brewer and pub operator Titanic has bought its sixth pub, a freehold from Punch Taverns, off the asking price of £300,000. The Roebuck Hotel, a Grade-II Listed 17th Century coaching inn at Leek, closed around two months ago. Titanic plans to re-open the site in October following a refurbishment programme. Brewery director Dave Bott said: “The Roebuck is a stunning building and we are delighted to have acquired it “Its impressive timber framed frontage is matched by the wonderful feeling you get when you walk into a traditional town centre in “Titanic Brewery has expanded from its Burslem base to open pubs in towns in and around North Staffordshire, so the beautiful market town of Leek was a natural next step. “We have been opening pubs against a background of closures. But there is no magic formula, we pride ourselves on creating welcoming pubs which sell good local produce and are used by customers of all ages. “We will carry-out a sympathetic programme of work [at the pub] in keeping with the historic town centre and the Roebuck’s central place in Leek’s history.”