A CLUB in Bargoed has been named as one of the top four in the country.

The Real Ale Farm was named as one of the top four in CAMRA's Club of the Year awards. CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) is an independent voluntary consumer organisation which promotes real ale, real cider and the traditional British pub.

The Real Ale Farm has previously been named the best club in Wales but this is the first year it has made it through to the national round.

The club offers beers from the Felinfoel as well as up to four guest ales and two ciders or perries and hosts numerous charity events and beer festivals.

Housed in the former Gilfach Fargoed Fawr Farm it is the oldest surviving building in Bargoed built in the 17th century.

The club maintains close links with the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) with memorabilia on display.

Owners of the pub Robert Powell and his wife Anne-Marie Powell said they were "delighted" to be into the finals and are "very proud" of running The Real Ale Farm.

Mr Powell said: "It's great and wonderful news that this little place in the valleys has got into the final four for the awards.

"It says we are doing something right."

The four finalists were presented with a commemorative plate at the Club Mirror Awards.

They will now have to wait until spring next year to discover which will be named CAMRA's Club of the Year.

Keith Spencer, club of the year co-ordinator said: “All four clubs demonstrate a first-class commitment to real ale and a dedication to the respective communities they each serve."