The multi-award winning Real Ale ltd, from Twickenham, was named retailer of the year at the Drinks Business Awards on Tuesday.

The independent beer specialist was shortlisted with supermarket chains Waitrose and Aldi but defeated them to claim its prize.

Zeph King, general manager, said: "As 2015 sees us celebrate 10 years in Twickenham, winning such a prestigious award against such tough competition is the icing on the cake. "It really is fantastic to be acknowledged by the industry in this way."

The shop supplies more than 100 restaurants, hotels, pubs and independent stores in London.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Real Ale ltd recently launched its own range of beers called Ubiquitous as well as holding a series of in-store tastings and events.