BEER lovers in South Oxfordshire have chosen their pub of the year.

The Fleur de Lys in East Hagbourne has been picked from the 140 pubs in the area by South Oxfordshire Campaign for Real Ale.

The pub is now in the running to be crowned county pub of the year alongside those picked by the other Oxfordshire CAMRA groups.

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Chairman David Cooper presented the pub's landlords, Ruth and Darren Sargison, with a certificate last Wednesday.

He said: "Since taking over the pub six years ago, Ruth and Darren have built the pub into a thriving village local.

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"They have excellent beer, a warm welcome, good food and a string of events and activities, including Aunt Sally, Crib and Darts, regular folk and other music nights and an annual music festival.

"The pub was full on Wednesday, with a large folk band playing, one or two birthday parties and plenty of games being played."

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Set inside a 17th century building, The Fleur De Lys is the only remaining pub in East Hagbourne.

It also won the pub of the year in 2017 and is featured in CAMRA's good beer guide.

It comes as other pubs in the area gear up to reopen, bucking the trend for closures across the county.