A PUB in Penarth has been named the CAMRA Pub of the Year in the Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend for the second year running.

The Golden Lion located in Glebe Street has received the 2017 award from the local branch of The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The aim of the group is to support well-run pubs as the centres of community life and it believes that their continued existence plays a critical social role in UK culture.

The quality of beer is the most important factor considered in judging the winners of the award but it also takes into consideration style, atmosphere, decoration, service and welcome, community focus and value for money.

The Golden is part of the JW Bassett group of pubs.

CAMRA pubs officer for the Vale of Glamorgan, John Chapman, said: "The Golden Lion usually has three or four well chosen real ales from great Welsh breweries.

"Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend CAMRA members voted for The Lion because they feel like it’s a genuine pub, and although it can be busy and noisy at times - a tribute to its popularity - there's something about the layout and design that makes it great to drink there."

"The staff are friendly, fast and efficient, and you’re made to feel welcome and valued as a customer."

"We don't look for cheap beer and food, we look for a good return for your hard-earned pennies.

"In the Golden Lion, we found the ales are offered at a very reasonable price and meals are excellent value for money.

"And the small garden is unusual, but attractive, with painted walls, artificial grass and table-tennis table."

Paul Harper, who has run the Golden Lion for almost nine years, said he was "really pleased" with the award.

"The hard work of the team has paid off.

"We like to support local breweries such as the Vale of Glamorgan Brewery, Grey Trees and Otley.

"Sales keep on going up and this shows the good standard and quality of the beer.

"When people see you have received an award it looks quite good.

"We want to keep it going."