We want drinkers to help us find the Oxford Mail Best Pub 2022.

We would like you to launch our competition by nominating your favourite - and there could be lots of reasons why you pick your potential winner.

It could be because of the potential welcome, the home-cooked food, relaxing gardens, hand-pulled ales and weekly quiz night.

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Or it could simply be because it’s the place where you often meet your best friends.

Let us know and your favourite pub could then be in with a chance of being named Oxford Mail Best Pub 2022.

To vote for your best pub visit www.oxfordmail.co.uk/bestpub

Oxford Mail:

Oxford Mail editor Andrew Colley said: “After seeing some great entries for the Oxford Mail Best Cafe 2022 competition, we are now looking to find the Oxford Mail best pub.

“Pubs are often at the heart of the local community and we want to celebrate that.

“Your favourite pub might be a little bit hidden away but it doesn’t matter if it’s in a backstreet or a well-known pub in the city centre - we want to know your favourite and then we can draw up a shortlist to find the winner.”

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Nominations will be open until Sunday, July 31 and we will then publish the top 10 as chosen by our readers, along with a coupon to vote for your favourite.

The competition is a way of highlighting the city’s excellent pubs at a time when the hospitality industry is under pressure following the pandemic, and as a result of increasing cost of living pressures.

Oxford Mail:

There are fewer pubs in England and Wales than ever before, according to analysis that sheds light on the ruinous impact of the coronavirus pandemic and soaring business costs.

The total number of pubs in the country dropped below 40,000 during the first half of 2022, a fall of more than 7,000 compared with a decade ago, according to the latest research.

The hospitality sector has faced huge challenges in recent years as it recovered from the pandemic. Researchers have suggested that while pubs managed to battle through Covid-19, they face a fresh challenge because of record-high inflation and an energy crisis.

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“While pubs proved remarkably resilient during the pandemic, they’re now facing new headwinds grappling with the cost of doing business crisis through soaring energy costs, inflationary pressures and tax rises,” said Robert Hayton, of real estate software company Altus Group UK.

Oxford Mail:

Two hundred pubs vanished from English and Welsh communities from the end of 2021 up to the end of June.

The biggest drop was in the West Midlands - 28 in only half a year - followed by London and the east of England, which both lost 24. According to research from the British Beer and Pub Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping, and UK Hospitality, only 37% of hospitality businesses are turning a profit.

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The rising cost of energy, goods and labour have been identified as the biggest factors behind falling profits.

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This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Andy.ffrench@newsquest.co.uk

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