Wear Inns has acquired the Whistlestop pub in Beeston, Leeds, with plans for a £150,000 refurb to improve its food and sport offer.

The pub is the 27th for the group, which operates across the North East and Yorkshire.

John Weir, managing director of Wear Inns, said: “We are delighted to own this pub which is very much part of the local community. We are planning to spend over £150,000 installing a new kitchen to allow us to serve a wider range of food, as well as refurbishing the pub’s interior and making a feature of the outside patio area.

“Being so close to Elland Road and popular with Leeds fans, we will be concentrating heavily on sport with extra TVs and viewing facilities.

Our mantra is to provide great value, all day, every day and we look forward to welcoming regular and new customers to the Whistlestop.”

Simon Hall from Fleurets said: “I have no doubt that the high standards of operation that Wear Inns have will be a real benefit to this already busy local.”