Venues from across Dumfries and Galloway were celebrating this week at the local Best Bar None Awards ceremony.
Best Bar None is a not-for-profit funded national accreditation and award scheme dedicated to ensuring everyone can enjoy a safe night out. It works to reduce crime, reward excellence, and raise standards of alcohol licensed premises.
In total, 12 venues from the across the county were accredited under the Best Bar None Scheme for their outstanding efforts in helping to create a safer environment for the public. Each venue that applied was visited by an independent assessor and judged on their efforts around the prevention of crime and disorder and securing public safety.
Gold awards were given to the Easterbrook Hall and Bistro, the Shed, the Pub, Papa Rabs, Townhead Hotel, Crown Hotel, and the Granary. Silver awards were given to Robert the Bruce, the Stag, the Royal Bar and the Jolly Harvester, while the Barrell was awarded bronze accreditation.
The big winners on the night were the Townhead Hotel, which was named the overall winner for best venue. Easterbrook was named top Specialist Entertainment Venue, the Crown was named Heart of Community, and Papa Rabs was given the best Newcomer award. These venues went ‘over and above’ in their efforts to ensure the Dumfries and Galloway night-time economy is a safe, friendly and thriving environment for everyone to enjoy.
Provost Tracey Little and local licensing convenor Ivor Hyslop were in attendance to congratulate the winners and present the awards.
Scott Jardine, Dumfries and Galloway Best Bar None coordinator, comments: “We have enjoyed a really positive year in Dumfries and Galloway, and I would like to congratulate all the venues which have taken part. Safety has to be the first priority on a night out, and all our licensed premises have shown a real commitment placing the welfare of staff and customers first.”
Robert Hogg, National Best Bar None Coordinator, who attended the awards ceremony, added: “Dumfries and Galloway is a great example of a very well run Best Bar None scheme and you can see the difference it is making in the local community. I would like to personally congratulate all the winners.”
Best Bar None is a not-for-profit funded national accreditation and award scheme aiming to raise standards amongst licensed venues, recognising positive management helping to facilitate safe and enjoyable nights out for the public. It works to reduce crime, reward excellence, and raise standards of alcohol licensed premises. It was developed in partnership with the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Licensing Boards, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and many other local partners.
The Category Award Winners go through to the National BBN Awards due to be held on 19th March at the Dunblane Hydro.
For more information visit https://www.bbnscotland.co.uk.