Time to help local pubs shine

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Dozens of traditional town centre favourites, country inns and cocktail bars have already been nominated for the Derbyshire Times’ first Pub of the Year campaign.

As we enter the final week of nods – which can be received until next Friday July 21 before a public vote – here are some of the reasons why people have backed our bid.

Proud regulars said they were “always greeted with a friendly smile”, enjoyed a massive range of real ales, roaring winter fire or “best pork pie and game pies in Derbyshire” at their local.

Fantastic staff service, community links and buzzing atmospheres - plus dog friendly pubs, tasty food or entertainment - were also reasons for celebration.

Others liked to take part in musical or charity nights and many highlighted hard-working landlords.

Two people hailed their choices as “a fine example of a beer drinkers’ local” and one that “truly reflects Chesterfield.”

And visitors have also got in on the act with nominations from as far as Brighton so far.

Our Pub of the Year competition aims to shine a light on the hundreds of top watering holes we are lucky enough to have on the doorstep during tough economic times.

When nominations end a full shortlist will be published as we start a public vote which will lead to a winner being revealed.

As well as the title, the top pub will receive coverage and branded prizes.

Shout about your local by emailing pub@derbyshiretimes.co.uk or sending in the coupon by next Friday July 21.

ellen.beardmore@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.