Hickory’s Smokehouse has secured its 13th site – the former Marston’s pub in Nuthall, Nottinghamshire.

The Piper-backed group has taken the lease for the premises called Oldmoor Lodge, continuing its tradition of taking former pub sites in the heart of local communities.

The property will undergo a complete refurbishment and will see outdoor dining sheds, BBQ smokers, a fire pit and landscaped gardens added, and is expected to open in the late summer.

Hickory’s reopened the outside areas at all of its 11 sites last week, which it said have already been “hugely popular”. Its 12th site is due to open in Wilmslow in Manchester in June, with Hickory’s looking for additional site opportunities as it continues its growth throughout the North West and Midlands.

John Welsh, managing director, said: “In such a challenging year for us all, we’re delighted we’ve been able to open our outside areas to guests again and we’re thrilled to sign the lease on this new restaurant in Nuthall.

“We work very hard to find places with rich history and culture where we feel confident we can make a positive and lasting impact to the community at large. The site in Nuthall is a brilliant location and we look forward to working closely with everyone in the area to bring the unique Hickory’s experience to new guests.”