A WORLD record was set at Avoncliff's Cross Guns pub when Holt's brewery bought the largest round of beer on Saturday.

Between noon and 2pm, Box Steam Brewery ordered 412 drinks for assembled guests including the Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor Linda Self.

Over a two-hour period a team of five bar staff, including landlady Annette Roberts and husband and brewery owner Andy, pulled pumps and tapped four, nine gallon casks to ensure more than 400 people enjoyed a drink at their expense to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Andy Roberts, MD of Box Steam Brewery, said: “We wanted to mark the occasion of Her Majesty’s special day in the way we know best. It was our pleasure to extend our hospitality to friends and neighbours."

American country singer Merle Haggard set the Guinness World record for the biggest round ever in 1983 when he bought his fans 5,095 one-ounce drinks totalling 33 gallons at a cost of £8,975.32.

Mr Roberts added: "Our bar bill was not as big as Mr Haggard’s, but we think we can claim to have bought the world’s biggest round of beers, that is for sure.”