Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries' #13.7 million offer for English Country Inns has been declared wholly unconditional.

The completion of the purchase of English Country Inns' 14-pub estate will be integrated into W&DB's Pathfinder managed house division over the next month.

The ECI managers are all being transferred into Pathfinder as it develops growth plans for each site.

Pathfinder's Colin Sadler said: "The 14 pubs are an excellent fit with our current business, and we see some great opportunities to enhance profitability through implementing our management systems along with strategic investment."

Mr Sandler said Pathfinder was still looking for acquisitions across the country to integrate its 540 pubs.

Wolves targeted on English Country Inns after losing out to rival Greene King in a bid to take over Belhaven, Scotland's biggest regional brewer.

Based in London, privately held ECI operates 14 unbranded food-centred pubs in central and southern England, including one at Albrighton, only a few miles from Wolves' base.