Wetherspoons to put 16 pubs up for sale

JD Wetherspoon is to put 16 of its sites on the market, 14 of which are Wetherspoon-branded pubs and the other two are Lloyds No1 bars.

The sites earmarked for sale, which are still open for business, are as follows:
Chapel an Gansblydhen (pictured), Bodmin, Cornwall (Lloyds)
Brun Lea, Burnley, Lancashire (Lloyds)
Vulcan, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
Time Piece, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Bourtree, Hawick, Scottish Borders
Last Plantagenet, Leicester, East Midlands
Queens Hotel, Newport, Wales
Isaac Merritt, Paignton, Devon
The Cross Keys, Peebles, Scottish Borders
St George's Hall, Redfield, Bristol
Pennsylvanian, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Rhinoceros, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Butler's Bell, Stafford, Staffordshire
Friar Penketh, Warrington, Cheshire
Dee Hotel, West Kirkby, Merseyside
Alexander Bain, Wick, Caithness

The group reported pre-tax profits of £50.3m for the six months to January 27 in its latest trading results. That marked an annual decline of 19%, which the firm blamed on an increase in staff wages.

The company operates nearly 900 pubs, including the chain of Lloyds No1 bars, and a growing number of Wetherspoon hotels.