A PUB is offering hundreds of pounds worth of complimentary meals and drinks this summer, to win it you need to give the best excuse you’ve used to justify a trip to the pub.

The Dog House on Faringdon Road in Abingdon has announced the free food and drink initiative after discovering that, since lockdown lifted, 34 per cent of Brits are making increasingly elaborate excuses to justify their trips to the pub, which are up on pre-pandemic levels.

Some of the best excuses include; ‘I need to get out of the house’, with 31 per cent of people using it.

This excuse was closely followed by ‘I deserve it’ with 27 per cent of people using it and the classic ‘It’s hot’ was used by 21 per cent.

Many also highlighted the pub’s atmosphere 20 per cent, a freshly poured pint 16 per cent and the fact that food tastes better when someone else cooks it 16 per cent as their reasons for visiting.

However, many respondents admitted to using some creative license when making up an excuse, with 18 per cent saying they were meeting a distant acquaintance such as their cousin’s next-door neighbour’s uncle, 13 per cent celebrating a non-conventional anniversary such as a half-birthday, and four per cent marking the dog’s birthday.

To be in with a chance of winning one of 10 £100 gift cards, locals simply need to submit their excuses at chefandbrewer.com/any-excuse/ by Wednesday August 4.

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