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Nominate your local pub in the Great British Booze Off – cash prizes at stake

It's time to raise a glass to Britain's brilliant pubs.

Boozers are finally set to start reopening their doors on Monday April 12 as lockdown is eased, allowing punters to sup in outdoor spaces, in groups of no more than six people or two households.

There's never been a better time to toast the UK's finest drinking establishments, and we want your help to find Blighty's very best in the Daily Star's Great British Booze Off.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be saluting Britain's pubs in a series of articles.

As part of it, we're running a competition to identify the best boozers in 10 categories.

We want YOU to nominate your favourite pubs in the form below in as many categories as you like.

Individual category winners will receive a trophy, special Daily Star front page and £100.

The Britain's Best Pub winner will get a trophy, Daily Star front page and £500 cash prize.

You have until May 31 to get your nominations in. We'll then shortlist in each category, with voting open from June 7 to 30, and winners announced in the week beginning July 12.

Pubs and the hospitality industry in general have had it tough over the past 12 months, with the coronavirus lockdown forcing long periods of closure and crippling restrictions.

CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona welcomed our support, but urged the government to do more.

He said: “As consumers, we are looking forward to pubs in England starting to reopen outdoor areas from 12 April, and for the opportunity to support our locals and enjoy the social wellbeing benefits of pub-going.

"Pubs play a vital part in many people’s social lives, providing a place to meet and socialise and feel part of a community and CAMRA hopes that as many people that are able to can get out and support their local pubs and clubs, after a year of tough restrictions.

"However, it is important to recognise that only around a third of pubs will be able to open on the 12th, and many of these will not be able to trade viably.

"We are also calling for support from the government for as long as pubs and clubs are trading at reduced levels and to support those unable to open their doors at this time.”

Sacha Lord, Manchester's night time economy adviser and co-founder of Parklife festival, has taken his fight to reopen indoor hospitality to the High Court.

He told us: "Whether your tipple is a G&T, a Guinness, a Coke or a pint of real ale, one thing we can all agree on is how much we love our pubs.

"So come Monday, let’s all raise a glass. To all the landladies, landlords and the local breweries. To the staff, the singers, suppliers and security. And finally to the thousands of basement bars, community pubs and ale houses who will still be waiting.

"Covid may have called last orders temporarily but we'll be drinking all together soon, indoors, whether that be May 17 or, hopefully, sooner."

Adam Brooks, landlord of The Three Colts and The Owl pubs in Essex, added: "The Great British pub is part of this country’s heritage and tradition, hence the term 'public house'.

"To many people, the pub is an escape from the worlds problems, a place to meet new people and de stress from work or home life problems.

"I honestly feel the pub can be a healing tonic to millions of people, after such a testing time.

"Myself and fellow landlords cannot wait to welcome you back."

Wetherspoon will open gardens and outdoor spaces at 394 of its pubs on April 12.

Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “ We are looking forward to reopening a large number of our pubs on April 12 in England and in Wales and Scotland on April 26.

“We are especially looking forward to welcoming back our loyal staff and customers who have been away from their pubs for too long.

“Pubs play a vital role in their own communities and the economy at large and it is great that they will once again be open.”

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