A pub in a Grade II listed building which was once a nightclub has been named the best in the country.

Sandford Park Alehouse in Cheltenham was awarded the accolade by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Pub owner Grant Cook put in an offer for the building while on holiday in Thailand and has since carried out improvements such as installing a Georgian-style stairwell and converting the main dance floor into a cellar.

He said: "At every stage of the competition we've been delighted to get to the next round and, of course, we are thrilled to emerge from the last four on top."

The pub has 10 real ale hand pumps and one dedicated to real cider, and holds an annual cheese and cider festival.

Pub of the Year organiser Paul Ainsworth said: "The Sandford Park impressed the judges on every level, but especially the quality and choice of its real ales, where the scores were among the highest ever recorded in the contest.

"Judges also appreciated the stylish modern decor, the knowledgeable, welcoming staff and the lively atmosphere."

One judge commented: "I might consider moving to Cheltenham!"

The three other finalists were The Drovers Rest in Carlisle, Kelham Island Tavern in Sheffield and The Yard of Ale, a micropub in Broadstairs, Kent.