THEY’RE the lifeblood of many people’s communities. Now here’s your chance to give your local pub the recognition it deserves.
We want you to tell us which is the best and what makes it a great place to be.
Your boozer could be traditional with wood furnishings and quality real ale, or a lively, modern sports bar.
It could be the best place to go and catch up with friends and a crucial meeting place for clubs and societies.
You might want to put your pub forward because of the work it does for charity and the effort it puts in to make customers feel special.
Or perhaps you’re impressed with its quirky touches and the bubbly personality of the landlord or landlady. More pubs are closing every day – but we want to celebrate those which are making a difference to people’s lives.
Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock, who has been campaigning to protect local pubs and reduce beer taxes, said: ‘It’s a great idea, there should be a pub of the year.
‘Pubs form a very central part of the community vibrancy of any area.
‘They act as a link for people.
‘For some people who are alone, going to the pub for a drink is the only real sharing of conversation and information that they get.
‘Pubs play a vital role and continue to do so today.
‘That’s why it is a shame when community pubs go out of business.
‘The pub is like the corner shop, people should support them; we all moan when they go.
‘There are a number of good pubs in Portsmouth and it would be very difficult to choose between them because there are ones which offer different sorts of ambiance.’
Pubs with 10 nominations or more will go through to a final shortlist,
which will be published on May 4.
A winner will then be announced
and presented with a trophy by Mark Waldron, editor of The News.
To nominate your pub of the year, simply fill in the form on page 11 of The News today and send it back to us.
Entries need to be submitted by midnight on April 30.