A PUB on Anglesey which faced indefinite closure five years ago has been named the best rural pub in Britain.

The Iorwerth Arms in Bryngwran was put on the market by its then owner, Punch Taverns, in 2014.

Fears over the building falling into the hands of a developer who wanted to build houses on the land force the community to take action.

As a result, residents decided to set up a not for profit company called Bryngwran Cymunedol and secured a £125,000 loan from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action so that the site could be bought.

Now, their hard work is paying off with the pub being named 'Welsh Champion' at the Countryside Alliance Awards held last week.

At the annual awards ceremony - known as the 'rural Oscars' - judges praised the community behind the Iorwerth Arms for "ensuring a future for the pub and the community."

Chairman of Bryngwran Cymunedol Nev Evans said: "It's an unbelievable feeling to have won on the British level at the House of Lords - we still can't quite believe it.

"This success is a testament to the hard work of our directors, staff and customers of our pub and our community.

"It's a story that seems to grasps people attention - a small community coming together and doing its best to save the last useful function within it and turning it into a successful business within the space of four years."

The Irowerth Arms was crowned Wales' best rural pub at a ceremony in Cardiff on May 1 before taking the British title in London on June 19.

The pub in its current form was first opened by members of the community in 2015. Since then, it has been used as a social hub for residents and is also the home and kit sponsor of 2019/20 Anglesey League (football) champions Bryngwran Bulls.