A Cheltenham town centre local which was once named as the best real ale bar in the country has been sold.

The Sandford Park Alehouse has been a huge success since opening its doors in 2013, earning the title of CAMRA’s Pub of the Year in 2015.

The sale to the independent group Burlison Inns is planned to complete in September.

Current owner Grant Cook (pictured above) said on social media: “All current staff will have the option to transfer to the buying company.

“We believe that the Sandford Park Alehouse will fit into the Burlison Inns Group without substantial alterations.

“I would like to thank our regular customers for your support since our opening in 2013. Many a pint has been enjoyed and many friendships made. I sincerely hope that you continue to enjoy the pub after I have moved on.”

Mr Cook plans to move to London.

Burlison Inns was set up in 1996 in Henlow, Bedfordshire by Gary and Catherine Burlison. It has a reputation for taking over established pubs and running them with few changes.

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