Cornwall couple Rob and Lucy Brewer of The Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown have been named as the BII Licensees of the Year.

The were announced as the winners of the prestigious award at the organisation's annual Summer Event in London yesterday.

According to judges, the couple showcased their industry knowledge on subjects such as the national living wage, training and organically growing their hospitality team. 

The Rashleigh Arms, a St Austell managed house, is a destination pub with a strong food trade and a focus on real ales - that make up 28.6 per cent of the drinks available.

The couple won the title over six other finalists from around the UK.

BII chief executive Mike Clist said: “We were really impressed by Rob and Lucy as a shining example of running a licensed establishment.

“As well as enthusiasm and passion for the Great British pub industry, they’re also very involved in their local community making them a social hub for the picturesque seaside village of Charlestown.”

Watch our exclusive video interview, and see if you can spot yourself at the event.