A centuries-old pub that was saved by locals has served its first pint after reopening.

A group of Aberedw residents chipped in to buy the village’s only pub, The Seven Stars Inn, after it was put up for sale less than six months after it was reopened.

Less than a fortnight after picking up the keys to the building, a new chapter began for the historic pub as it opened its doors for the first time as a community-run venture on Friday, April 26.

A Campaign for Real Ale group based in Radnorshire has praised locals for saving the pub that was at the heart of the community.

“We are very pleased that this historic pub has been saved by the community and has a safe stable future,” said Dave Gill, from Radnorshire CAMRA.

“It has been badly missed since it closed. Now there is somewhere for local clubs to meet and for birthday celebrations to get together. Various local businesses can again use it, with campers and walkers stopping for meals.”

He added: “Local pub ownership is an increasing trend across the UK, as villagers find there is no heart to their community.”

The Seven Stars Inn very nearly closed for good in 2018 after its previous owners applied for planning permission to convert the building into a house.

An online campaign started in a bid to find a new owner to help save the pub that has served as a community meeting place for hundreds of years.

Radnorshire CAMRA says Wales should follow England’s lead by allowing communities to apply to their council to have a building listed as an “asset of community value”.

Mr Gill said: “In England, before a pub demolition or change of use is applied for, the local council can list it as an ACV (Asset of Community Value) to give locals a chance to buy it.

“In Wales there is no such scheme, so a viable pub can be turned into housing, even if it is the last one in the village, which very nearly happened to this one.”

He added: “The Senedd has been promising to safeguard these village amenities, but ‘it’s being considered’ is as far as they have got for at least 12 years.”