A 17TH century inn has been sold to two of its regular punters.

George and Victoria Irvine bought the freehold of The Crown Inn at Church Enstone, near Chipping Norton, for more than £600,000.

The new owners plan to display objects celebrating the local area, such as nearby airbase RAF Enstone.

Mr Irvine said: “Victoria and I live nearby and have been going to The Crown Inn for a long time.

"When we were told that it was being sold, Victoria and I looked at each other and we had a bit of a laugh at first about the idea however it soon became serious."

“The Crown is a lovely pub that is full of character, and we are both interested in food and wine.

“We want to preserve the existing character of The Crown and want to serve high quality locally-sourced pub food.

We plan to showcase work from local artists and to feature interesting objects that work as conversation pieces.”