Last night pubs, bars and clubs across the county celebrated as the winners of Nottinghamshire Best Bar None were announced at an exclusive awards evening, held at Goosedale, in Papplewick, with andwhynot in Mansfield scooping the top accolade.
All of the venues eligible for an award had achieved Nottinghamshire Best Bar None accreditation, by passing a thorough assessment of their operating policies and procedures.
A panel of independent judges with expertise in the field of licensing chose a winner within each council borough based on the strength of their assessments.
The winners are:
- Ashfield – Rolls Royce Leisure, Hucknall
- Bassetlaw – The Millhouse, Worksop
- Broxtowe – The Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren, Stapleford
- Gedling – The Elwes Arms, Carlton
- Mansfield – andwhynot, Mansfield
- Newark & Sherwood – The Sir John Arderne, Newark
- Rushcliffe – The Country Cottage Hotel, Ruddington
From these borough winners, one overall winner – billed as “Best Bar None in Nottinghamshire” – was also announced. This year this prestigious accolade was awarded to independent bar and restaurant andwhynot in Mansfield.
The judges were Robert Humphreys MBE, chairman of the national Best Bar None scheme; Angela Rawson, Head of Licensing at Nottingham City Council and Michael Kheng, Director of Kurnia Licensing Consultants.
Nottinghamshire’s residents and visitors were also asked to vote for their favourite places to visit in the county from those that had made the mark, and over 4,200 votes were cast.
The winners of the public vote were:
- Best Village Pub – The Lion, Farnsfield
- Best Suburban Independent Venue – The Junction, Sutton in Ashfield
- Best Suburban Chain Venue – The Bold Forester, Mansfield
- Fraser Brown Solicitors Best Town Centre Independent Venue – andwhynot, Mansfield
- Best Town Centre Chain Venue – The Stag and Pheasant, Mansfield
- Diageo Best Late Night Venue – The Late Lounge, Mansfield
Best Bar None is a national scheme, which is supported by the Home Office. There are currently over 30 individual schemes across the country, with each scheme tailored to suit the area in which it is run. Due to the way Best Bar None encourages licensees to continually improve their standards of operation, some areas that operate schemes have shown impressive reductions in alcohol-related crime and disorder.
The scheme in Nottinghamshire is the country’s first county-wide scheme, and launched in 2015. It is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Nottinghamshire County Council.
The results of a survey conducted with those who voted showed that a Best Bar None accreditation is something many customers are not only beginning to recognise – with over 45 percent of respondents having heard of the scheme before they saw the vote advertised, compared to around 35 percent last year – but Is also something they desire in the pubs, bars and clubs that they visit.
Sixty percent of respondents said that they felt safer in a Best Bar None accredited venue, and 70 percent said that they were more likely to choose a Best Bar None accredited venue over one that wasn’t accredited.
PCC Paddy Tipping said: “I want people to have a great night out in safety. Licensed venues can play a key role in this, while ensuring a thriving local economy, but only when they provide a safe environment where people can enjoy themselves.
“Best Bar None helps to nurture this safe environment by raising standards and encouraging licensees to take pride in their premises. The commitment the venues have shown in achieving accreditation deserves to be recognised, and will hopefully be rewarded through increased custom from people looking for a safe place to visit.”
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chairman of the Community Safety Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This year’s assessments have shown that standards across the county are already increasing, especially in those venues accredited for a second year.
“It’s creating a win-win situation for both licensed venues, who will see less enforcement as well as improved relations with the Police and local authorities, and their customers who can be sure of being in a safe, enjoyable environment when they go out.”
This year it has also been sponsored by Diageo GB, and Fraser Brown Solicitors.
More information on the scheme, as well as the award winners and all the accredited venues, can be found at www.nottinghamshirebbn.com.