From left, Cllr Debbie Harlow, chairman of the Woking Borough Council trade licensing committee; Jade Buckland of the national Best Bar None organisation; Tom Harding of Ashahi; the Mayor, Cllr Graham Cundy; Inspector Emmie Harris; Camilla Edmiston, the WBC community safety manager; and Carol Miller of the News & Mail.
THE Woking Best Bar None Awards were launched this week, to encourage the highest standards in the town’s food and drink business.
The accreditation scheme is aimed at preventing and reducing alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour as well as encouraging increased trade for the best businesses. The News & Mail has been chosen as the official media partner of the scheme.
Speaking at the headquarters of Asahi UK, Cllr Debbie Harlow, the Woking Borough Council chairman of the trade licensing committee, said: “I would encourage all local pubs, bars and restaurants to join Woking Best Bar None. It’s an opportunity for them to be recognised for their hard work, to have an insight how they can improve their standards and a chance at being crowned Woking’s best.”
Tom Harding, Asahi’s marketing manager, said: “As a Woking business, we take pride in our place in the local community and are committed to partnering with the rest of the industry to help promote responsible drinking and encourage professional standards in the trade. Best Bar None fits with our values and principles, so we are delighted to support the scheme.
Later in the year, once the premises have been accredited, patrons can have their say and help to build a premises’ reputation by voting for their favourite pub, bar or restaurant, during the public vote.
Licensed premises can sign up to the scheme at www.wokingbbn.co.uk.