An annual contest to find the most festive pub of the year has been launched – and nominations are invited.

The competition – sponsored by the St Albans Review –celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

It is intended to encourage the St Albans’ pubs to bring an extra sparkle during Christmas.

A judging panel will visit nominated pubs to see first-hand what efforts they have made to mark the festive season.

They will assess the decorations, customer service, drinks selection and general atmosphere before deciding the winner.

Judges will be looking for something that sets the pub apart from the others, such as an innovative idea or the personal touch.

The winners will get a certificate and a glass trophy that they can show off to customers.

Nominations should be sent by Monday, December 10 to

Last year’s winners were the Hare and Hounds in Sopwell Lane and the Rose and Crown in St Michael’s Village in 2016.

Cllr Salih Gaygusuz, who is responsible for business and the community, will be one of the judges as will Cllr Roma Mills.

Cllr Gaygusuz said: “This is a fantastic way of recognising the pubs which add some excitement to the Christmas atmosphere.

“St Albans is a wonderful place to be during the festive season and we want to encourage our local businesses with their efforts to make it extra special.”

Cllr Mills said: “Pubs put in a terrific effort at Christmas to make St Albans a more attractive place for residents and visitors.

“This contest is a fun way to reward all that hard work and is a well-established part of the City’s Christmas programme.”