A KEIGHLEY pub has been sold as part of a £41 million deal involving more than 100 locals across the UK.

The Cavendish Hotel, in Cavendish Street, is among five hostelries in the Bradford district part of the deal completed by Admiral Taverns, involving the acquisition of 150 outlets in the Star Pubs and Bars group.

Admiral has also reached a deal to buy 137 pubs from Marston’s in a £44.9m package.

The company says the deals are part of its growth strategy to become a leading operator of community pubs.

The acquisitions have taken the firm's estate to more than 1,000 hostelries.

Commenting on the Star deal, chief executive Chris Jowsey said: “We are delighted to announce another step forward in our strategies and ambitions for the business.

“Admiral has a strong track record of integrating new acquisitions and these new pubs will significantly increase our presence across the UK.

“Core to Admiral’s approach is our commitment to invest behind our pubs and licensees, supporting them to build vibrant social hubs that can thrive at the heart of their local communities.

“Through this acquisition we are delighted to bring so many new dedicated licensees into our business.

“On behalf of the team I would like to officially welcome them all to Admiral and look forward to building our long-term working relationships.”