Pub company JD Wetherspoon is set to open 30 pubs in 2013.
The company said it would invest more than £35m developing the pubs across the UK, including new outlets in Cardiff, Fort William, Selby, Whitby, New Brighton and Fraserburgh.
Wetherspoon currently has 866 pubs and bars in the UK. It claims that the new openings scheduled for the coming year will create 1,200 jobs.
Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said: "We are looking forward to opening the new pubs, many of which will be in areas where Wetherspoon is not yet represented.
"We are also pleased to be creating so many new jobs, especially during a recession.
"There is no question that we would open more pubs and create more jobs in 2013 if the increasing tax burden on pubs was reduced."
By Neil Gerrard
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