Titanic Brewery is to open two new pubs – in Stoke and Stafford.

The currently seven-strong operator, founded by Keith and David Bott in 1985, is set to convert the former First Class Lounge at Stoke Station into anew craft beer bar.

Titanic Brewery to open new craft beer and café bars in Stoke and Stafford. The group also said plans were well advanced to transform the former Co-Op, Bodmin Avenue, into a café bar, with an early April opening planned.

The Stoke Station project is still at an early stage, with the brewery stating the need to carry out “sympathetic refurbishment work” to an historic building.

Director David Bott said: ““We are delighted to be able to announce our new plans. We have acquired two fantastic sites and both are very different to our current pubs, presenting exciting new challenges.”

He added: “Both bars will serve a good range of hot and soft drinks, real ale, craft beers, wines and spirits. They will have a relaxed atmosphere and be a place to sit and enjoy a snack or meal.

“We have been looking at the Weeping Cross site for some time and we’ve been grateful to receive a lot of support from the community. There is currently a lack of places to sit down with a beer or a coffee in the area.

“Taking on the former First Class Lounge at Stoke Station is another exciting opportunity. We want to create both a special place for train users and the local community. It is an opportunity to give visitors to our city a good and lasting first impression of Stoke-on-Trent.”