A popular Isle of Wight pub has been named one of the best in the south east and will now compete for a national award.

The Fighting Cocks, Hale Common, is one of 94 venues on the list of National Pub and Bar Awards County winners.

The annual event aims to highlight the positive and inspiring work being carried out across the UK’s hospitality industry.

The Island pub will now battle it out at the grand final awards ceremony in London.

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There, 15 regional winners will be crowned as well as the esteemed accolade — the overall National Pub and Bar of the Year.

Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub and Bar magazine, which runs the awards, said: “We were overwhelmed by the level and quality of entries this year.

“It just goes to show what magnificent work is going on across the UK hospitality sector. With outrageous energy costs, recruitment shortages and a punishing taxation system, these businesses are once again facing tough times.

"Now, more than ever, it’s vital that people support their local pubs and bars. So, ahead of the long Easter weekend, why not check out the finest in your county?”

The National Pub & Bar Awards 2023 takes place on June 28.