FOR ONE day only, pub-goers in the county can enjoy a trip to their local 'Spoons' pub for even cheaper beer and food than usual.

JD Wetherspoon pubs across the country will be cutting their prices by 7.5 per cent tomorrow. That means you’ll be able to get a pint in Oxford for as little as £2.11 and a glass of wine for just £2.53.

All of the chain’s Oxfordshire pubs - three in Oxford, one in Witney, one in Abingdon, and one in Banbury - will be taking part.

But it’s not out of generosity or to mark a special occasion - instead, it’s a protest over tax.

The chain is leading a national ‘Tax Equality Day’ campaign to show the difference taxes paid by supermarkets and tax paid by pubs.

And after prices have been slashed, a pint of Guinness in one of the firm's pubs will come down from £3.29 to £3.03 and a a Stella Artois from £3.75 to £3.45.

Stephanie Robinson, manager of The Swan & Castle in Castle Street said: "We are keen to highlight the amount customers would save if VAT in pubs was lowered permanently.

"So, for example, the total price of a meal and drinks for a customer would be reduced from £10 to £9.25 on Tax Equality Day."

All food and drinks in pubs are subject to 20 per cent VAT, whereas food in supermarkets has a zero-rate VAT. The company argues that as a result, supermarkets are able to use that saving to sell alcohol at a discounted rate.

Pub bosses also say that cutting sales tax to just 15 per cent in pubs and restaurants would create 78,000 new jobs in the trade.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesperson for the chain said: “Wetherspoon’s alcohol is very good value, but it’s still twice the price of supermarkets. "Pubs, in general, are struggling and it’s only fair to get equality between supermarkets.

“We’ve been campaigning for years but we still need to convince MPs. We held the same day three years ago and it was the busiest day of the year.”

Wetherspoon’s chairman, Tim Martin, added: “It is a win-win situation for the government and our industry.”

But while many will revel in the chance to buy cut-price beer, not all Wetherspoon customers thought the move was a good idea when quizzed by the Oxford Mail.

Nicole Lister, a statistics student from Oxford and Four Candles customer, said: “It’s absolutely fair enough that pubs have to pay more, supermarkets are for feeding your family, pubs are a luxury, feeding your family isn’t a choice."