Brunning & Price, The Restaurant Group’s pub vehicle, has acquired Ribble Valley Inns, the north of England-based operator for an undisclosed sum.

The deal takes in The Highwayman, Kirkby Lonsdale, The Clog & Billycock, Blackburn, The Three Fishes, Mitton and The Bull at Broughton. The fifth Ribble Valley Inns pub, the Nag’s Head, Tarporley, did not form part of the deal and is to be sold separately.

Mary Willcock, managing director of Brunning and Price, said: “We have admired Ribble Valley Inns for many years and believe that these well-known and long-established businesses are perfectly positioned geographically for us to enhance our presence in the north of England.

“As always, we feel that a pub should retain its own personal character and look forward to working with the teams locally to ensure they prosper and thrive in the coming months and years”.

Brunning & Price currently operates 62 pubs and on site at the former Loch Fyne in Beaconsfield, and the Arrow Mill near Stratford-upon-Avon, which will be its first pub with rooms. Both are due to open in the autumn.