AN award-winning Huddersfield pub has been sold.
The Rat and Ratchet in Chapel Hill has been bought by the Ossett Brewery.
Current owners Andrew and Maxine Moorhouse have struck a deal with brewery director Jamie Lawson and the pub will change hands in early October.
It will become a second pub for Ossett Brewery, which owns The Black Bull in Liver- sedge.
The Rat and Ratchet has won many awards in the 16 years the Moorhouses have run it. Only last month it was named Huddersfield Mild Pub Of The Year.
Mr Moorhouse, 45, brews his own beers in the cellar and many have featured in the pub.
Mr Lawson said: "We have supplied The Rat and Ratchet with our beers for several years and they have always been well received.
"When we decided to expand our pub estate it seemed natural to approach Andrew and Maxine to see if they were interested in selling.
"Our intention is to maintain the range of beers on offer, while introducing some of our own on a more permanent basis."
Mr Moorhouse said: "After spending the best part of 16 successful years at The Rat and Ratchet, we felt we were ready to make a move.
"Mr Lawson has assured us he has no plans for radical change and that guest beers from other small brewers will continue to form a large part of the line-up.
"So it will be business as usual for customers."
Mrs Moorhouse said: "We intend to take a break and spend more time with our daughter Lucy, seven. Then we'll decide what to do next."