JW Lees continues its north-west expansion

By Emily Hawkins contact

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Regional growth: (l-r) managing director William Lees-Jones, general manager Neil Gorman and chairman Richard Lees-Jones
Regional growth: (l-r) managing director William Lees-Jones, general manager Neil Gorman and chairman Richard Lees-Jones

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Manchester-based brewery JW Lees has continued its expansion in the north-west with the acquisition of a Cheshire coaching inn to its portfolio.

The family brewco reopened the Goshawk, in Mouldsworth on Friday (29 March), after purchasing it from Hydes Brewery.

It said it would continue to buy pubs in the region to add to recent acquisitions that include the Alderley Edge Hotel, Alderley Edge; the Bluebird Inn, Samlesbury; and Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow.

William Lees-Jones, managing director of JW Lees, said the 19th century site added value to the company's collection of sites with rooms.

He said: “When we saw that the Goshawk was available, we immediately knew that it would be a great pub for us, filling a gap in between Delamere, Frodsham and Chester, and we believe that we can add value to the business by welcoming it to our growing Inns & Hotels division.

The pub opened Friday 29 March 2019
The pub opened Friday 29 March 2019

“We’re delighted to have bought the Goshawk and have inherited a fantastic team as well as acquiring a landmark pub.

“We are growing a collection of fine country pubs and they are becoming an increasingly important part of our core business.”

The pub was closed for a few days for some minor alterations and training sessions.

The brewery has 38 managed pubs, inns and hotels and lets 105 sites to partnered tenants.

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