Growing North West-based pub firm Kalton & Barlow has opened its fourth site, the Dog at Over Peover, in Cheshire.
The £1.1m acquisition and refurbishment in conjunction with MJI Properties, will sit alongside the Crown in Goostrey, the Swan in Tarporley and the Boat on the banks of the River Dee in Wales.
Local businessman and founder of MJI Properties, Mike Irlam, said: "My family have always lived in this area, so the Dog has been an important part of our lives. There are so many communities that lose their pubs which is a crying shame, so when I heard the Dog was up for sale I just wanted to make sure it would survive these difficult times."
The group was founded by Simon Kalton and Edward Barlow. They first crossed paths when they worked for the Watling Street Inns in 1996. They opened their first joint project in Altrincham in 2007. Their next project was the Swan, a 16-bedroom hotel in Tarporley.
The company has installed experienced manager John Chaplin to run the pub. Chaplin previously worked at Brunning and Price's Corn Mill in Llangollen having spent 20 years as a barrister.
Barlow said: "Simon and I are always drawn to characterful pubs with a true sense of community and history, and so we've had the Dog on our radar for a couple of years. We've invested plenty of man hours in a substantial refurbishment to transform this under-invested site into a warm and inviting traditional country pub. We're looking forward to a great year ahead!"