COMMUNITY Pub of the Year recognises the best pub that draws customers because of its excellent drink and atmosphere, with particular emphasis on locally-sourced beverages.

The judges were looking for the real “pub at the hub.”

The finalists are: The Pandy Inn, De Koffie Pot and The Temple Bar Inn.

The Pandy Inn in Dorstone is at the hub of its community.

Lisa Aubrey-Cosslett, from the pub, said: "We bought The Pandy Inn nearly three years ago and in that time we have managed to make the pub the main focus of the village again."

They stock Wye Valley Butty Bach as a permanent beer. They also stock a Grey Trees ale, which is a small brewery in Aberdare.

They also have Gwatkins cider on tap and in bottles, as well as Sly gin; Chase gin and vodka; and Fair Oaks cider.

Lisa said: " Our staff are well versed in the products we sell. They try new products so that they are able to inform and advise our customers."

They host harvest auctions for the church, meetings for the village hall committee, the church committee and the playing fields committee.

De Koffie Pot at the Left Bank in Hereford is based on a continental style cafe-bar and has become a meeting place for all walks of life.

Gary Waring, from De Koffie Pot, said: "A breezy laid back feel makes it the perfect spot to spend a Sunday morning with the paper and a full English or a lazy afternoon enjoying coffee or a pint with friends soaking up some sunshine and shooting the breeze.

"A melting pot of families, happy local mums, actors, artists, musicians or just one man and his dog or book are what makes De Koffie Pot so unique."

They use James Gourmet Coffee from Ross, Tumpers Tea from Hereford, Chase Distillery from Preston Wynne, British Cassis from Lyonshall, Kel Paul Brewery in Marden, Oliver's Cider at Ocle Pychard, Wye Valley Brewery in Stoke Lacy and Bulmers Cider.

The Temple Bar Inn in Ewyas Harold provides a welcoming and friendly venue for locals and visitors.

Gill Jinman, from the inn, said: "There is no more deserving pub than The Temple Bar Inn to win this award.

"The whole ethos of the family and staff owning and running the pub revolves around the local community as well as showcasing all the local area has to offer in the way of hospitality, food, drink, things to do and places to visit."

It provides a meeting place for local organisations, tourism and other groups, and a venue for art exhibitions, free Heartstart courses, and other events as well as business meetings or family celebrations.

The pub is in CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2018 and has three real ales on tap, including Wye Valley Brewery's Butty Bach, while the other two ales change regularly and include those from Swan Brewery, Hobsons, Wobbly Brewery, and more.