HAS your local pub made the list? It is time to check the finalists in the Gazette's Pub of the Year competition and see if the hostelry you most enjoy is in the running for the prestigious prize.
Following a flurry of nominations, pubs across Mid Devon are in with a chance to claiming the inaugural Gazette Pub of the Year competition.
Anyone of those still in the running could be crowned with the title in October.
The entrant's fate rests with YOU – so get voting over the next three weeks for your favourite from the list printed below.
The aim of the contest is simply to find the best watering hole in the district – somewhere with the range of food, drink and atmosphere to outstrip the competition.
More than 40 pubs were nominated, from traditional country pubs to those which rely on town centre trade.
Tiverton boasts the most pubs in the running, with nine candidates. Cullompton has the next biggest representation with four pubs selected and Crediton is next with The Sir Redvers Buller, the Three Little Pigs and the White Swan all making the final cut.
However, with more than 25 different villages or towns with one or more pub in the running, the winner could come from right across the district with many villages proudly holding onto their pub as the focal point for community life as many other services are lost.
It's not been the easiest time for pubs in recent years, what with rising tax, supermarket pricing, the smoking ban and the ongoing recession.
Amidst all these challenges, those pubs which have continued to flourish have had to demonstrate great resilience and so it seemed high time, a competition was launched in Mid Devon to reward those publicans who are excelling in their offer to customers.
The contest has been designed to celebrate pubs in all their forms, be it the village pub which serves as the heart of a community, or the large town centre pub which still manages to keep its individual charm in a crowded marketplace.
To enter could not be easier, simply text the four digit number of the pub you want to vote for following the rules outlined on the form below.
If you prefer to vote by post or online, follow the steps outlined below to make sure your vote is counted.
Voting closes on Monday, October 7, and the winner is set to be announced in the Gazette on October 15.
Keep following the Gazette in coming weeks as the countdown to the big result hots up.