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  • Listeners are invited to submit a nomination for their favourite pub garden online at;


  • The national radio station pledges to broadcast a day of live shows from the winning venue, including a pub quiz hosted by Mark “The Beast” Labbett;


  • Union JACK radio will also buy a weekly pint for the nominator of the winning venue – every week for a year!


14 August 2020, Oxford:  Union JACK radio today announces the launch of a competition to find Britain’s Best Beer Garden, inviting listeners nationwide to nominate their top choice from across the country. The winning pub will become the host venue for a day of live broadcasts from the national radio station, including its popular Full English Breakfast Show; hilarious new music show, The Underdogs Hour, hosted by the hapless Lucy Leeds; and the innovative quiz show The Not-in-a-Pub Pub Quiz, launched to entertain listeners during the recent lockdown and hosted by one of the nation’s most renowned quizzers, Mark “The Beast” Labbett, who will also be a part of the live broadcast.


Listeners will also have the chance to win themselves a year’s worth of drinks. Should their nominated pub win, Union JACK radio will pick one lucky winner and pay for their pint* every week for a whole year!


Running for one week, the competition closes at 10am on Friday 21 August 2020, with entries to be made online at Ahead of the competition launch, Union JACK radio asked listeners to share their thoughts on what constitutes a good beer garden, with these ideas used to develop the criteria on which entries will be judged. Following the close of the competition, five shortlisted venues will be announced, with the overall winner then decided by public vote – it will then be down to the pubs and their punters to make sure that they have enough votes to win!


Giles Gear, Programme Manager of Union JACK radio, said: “Getting slowly burnt in your local beer garden is one of the nation’s greatest summer traditions. Now that we’re finally allowed back in, we want to encourage our listeners to get out there and support the UK’s pubs, nominating their local as Britain’s best beer garden. Plus – who wouldn’t want a year’s worth of having their drinks on us?


Union JACK radio is an independent, national radio station that plays the very best of British music and comedy. It launched in 2016 to much acclaim; its unique music proposition allows its listeners to select the music via the most extensive playlist in UK radio history, with over 20 million song votes received to date, whilst its comedy portfolio has included collaborations with the likes of Brian Blessed OBE, Shappi Khorsandi, Mark Dolan, Basil Brush, Leicester Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It was officially the UK’s fastest growing station in 2019, and was shortlisted as one of the top six national radio stations in the country earlier this year.


For more information and to nominate a pub in the search to find Britain’s Best Beer Garden, visit



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