A PUB which has been closed for more than a year in a village near Ross-on-Wye has been sold.

Paul Williams, a businessman who owns Supreme Services, has bought the Penny Farthing in Aston Crews.

He plans to reopen the pub and live there with his family.

Christie & Co’s South West licensed team completed the sale and said the pub sparked a lot of interest locally with many buyers keen to see the pub reopen.

Sophia Sangchi, from Christie & Co, said: “I am glad we have found a local buyer who knows the pub well and is keen to retain its existing use, serving good quality food and drink in the village."

The 17th century detached pub boasts many original features including exposed beams and brick work with an historic central bar servery.

There is a large beer garden and play area with stunning views across the Black Mountains and Malvern Hills.

Ms Sangchi added: "Although the pub sector is under a lot of pressure, last year 84 percent of pubs sold by Christie & Co were retained for pub use, an increase on previous years, and it’s heartening to see a much-loved pub kept for the use of the local community.”