Best Bar None was piloted in Manchester in 2003. It proved to have such a positive effect on the evening and nighttime economy (ENTE) it is now active in over 75 towns and cities across the UK, Winchester being one.

Our mission statement is……

To reduce alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour. To increase business, through the delivery of training, education and promotion of best practice, and to create a partnership between the local authority, the police, the trade and the private sector to broaden the appeal of an area more especially it’s evening and nighttime economy.

In 2014 Winchester BID in partnership with the University of Winchester launched the Best Bar None Scheme in Winchester.

Jane Bastock, Crime Reduction Manager at Winchester BID explained some of the benefits of taking part;

‘Taking part in this nationally accredited award encourages businesses to share best practice, build good working relationships with the police and local authorities and the competitive nature of the scheme keeps businesses constantly on the lookout for innovation ideas to improve business and creates healthy competition between the venues.’

Andrew Hodgson, the Manager of the University Student Union, added ‘The winner of the Winchester Best Bar None scheme will show a commitment to operating to a high standard with well thought out risk strategies and a genuine regard for the wellbeing of all staff and customers.’

This is now an annual event with an awards ceremony held in September to celebrate accreditation of venues taking part, and the announcement of an overall winner.

This year the Winchester Best Bar None scheme sought not just to accredit venues, but to also recognise those venues that not only achieved all the “essential” criteria required to gain accreditation but were also successful against the “desirable and bonus” criteria.

A Bronze, Silver and Gold scoring system was implemented to recognise those venues that achieved this.

Each venue was assessed and then judged by an expert panel on their delivery. The assessment criteria included:

  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public Safety
  • Prevention of public nuisance
  • Protection of Children from harm
  • Social Responsibility
  • Training

This year’s ceremony will take place on Wednesday 5th September in the King Charles Hall in Winchester Guildhall with 12 venues having achieved accreditation.

The awards will be presented by Mark Lynch the Divisional Police Commander for Winchester.


Accredited venues




Pitcher & Piano

Slug and Lettuce

The Old Gaolhouse

The Mucky Duck

The Railway Inn

The Royal Oak

The Westgate

The William Walker

The Winchester Guildhall



  • Jane Bastock

    • Email: jane.bastock@winchesterbid.co.uk