Forget the Eiffel Tower or writing letters in the sky, an estimated 2.1 million people have been proposed to in a good old British pub.

And it seems the pub is the bedrock of many relationships, with 10.4 million pub-goers saying they have started a new relationship there, while 4.1 million said it’s the place they have broken up with a partner.

The figures were revealed in an extensive survey by Ei Publican Partnerships, leased and tenanted pub business and part of Ei Group.

It also revealed that 8.2 million rated their local pub as a ‘great place to socialise and meet people’, while 12 million people said their local pub is an important aspect of community life.

Figures were obtained from a survey of 2,008 UK adult respondents, and then calculated nationally based on an adult population of circa 52 million.

The study comes ahead of the inaugural National Pub Fortnight – a celebration of the Great British pub set to take place between July 22 and August 6.

The initiative is designed to highlight and encourage consumer interest in pubs and will give away 15,000 free pints across the UK to the first customers who download the National Pub Fortnight smartphone app. 

See a pub proposal in action below, as Simon proposes to his partner Julie with the help of the Proposal Planners.