BREWERS Wadworth have announced the sale of some of Dorset and Hampshire's best-known pubs.

Bournemouth's Goat & Tricycle and the Avon Causeway in Christchurch are among those that have been sold to the Liberation Group.

The Dean Park Inn in Bournemouth, Fish Inn in Ringwood and High Corner Inn in Ringwood are also included in the deal.

The pubs have been sold to the Liberation Group - owners of Butcombe Brewing Co - for an undisclosed sum. Contacts have been exchanged.

In a statement released today, Wadworth said there will be a "seamless transition" and said it is "In no doubt that these pubs will continue to thrive."

Charles Bartholomew, Chairman of Wadworth said: "I can confirm that we have exchanged contracts to sell 21 pubs to the Liberation Group. We are working with our teams in each pub to enable the seamless transition to Liberation to take place over the next four weeks.

"I would like to sincerely thank all of our people in these 21 pubs for their significant contribution to Wadworth over many years. All Wadworth employees in the Managed sites will transfer to Liberation. I am in no doubt that these pubs will continue to thrive under their new ownership and remain central to the local communities that they serve." Jonathan Lawson, CEO, Liberation Group, added: "We are delighted to be welcoming the teams of these fantastic pubs to join Liberation Group and Butcombe Brewing Co.

"We have worked closely with Wadworth to ensure that the sites we’re bringing into the Liberation Group family are the best fit for us and that the transition is smooth and successful.We look forward to maximising the opportunities we believe these sites present via a blended approach to the offer and environment of these pubs delivered by their great teams." The remainder of the 21 pubs are the Badminton Arms, near Bristol the Beehive at Caterton, the Bird in Hand in Reading, the Cotswold Gateway in Burford, the Crown Tolldown in Dyrham, the Fleet in Tewkesbury, the Fleur De Lys near Bath, the Fox and Hounds in Theale, the George Norton St Philip near Bath, Hadley Bowling Green, the Kings Arms Hotel in Melksham, the Mill in Haslemere, the Penny in Bristol, the Victoria Arms in Old Marston and the White Hart in Wroughton.