The Restaurant Group has boosted its pub-restaurant division by buying Brunning & Price, the pub operator, for £32m. The Times. Financial Times. The Daily Telegraph

The Restaurant Group, which owns Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Garfunkel’s, said Brunning & Price, which has 14 outlets in north-west England, was complementary to the Blubeckers business, which it bought in 2005, and takes its total number of outlets to more than 40, largely in Cheshire, the north-west and the south-east.

Most Brunning & Price sites are in rural or semi-rural locations; five are freehold while nine have leases. One additional freehold site is being developed and is expected to open next year.