New consumer protection laws should not mean an end to popular drinks promotions in pubs.
Fears were raised that promotions such as buy-one-get-one-free (Bogof) and those offering "buy two glasses of wine, get the rest of the bottle free" would fall foul of new Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations.
These came into force this week and restrict the use of the word "free" in promotions where money is paid.
Trading standards officers are being advised that the kind of deals mentioned above do not contravene the regulations. The advice comes from local government co-ordinator Lacors, which was asked to clarify the legal position. It follows discussions with the Office of Fair Trading and the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform.
A Lacors spokesman said: "Pub offers such as 'buy two glasses of wine, get the rest of the bottle free' are perfectly fine to continue.
"The key factor is that customers aren't obliged to buy a second glass of wine, and even if they do, they aren't obliged to drink any more than they want to."