Last night pubs, bars and clubs across the county celebrated as the winners of Nottinghamshire Best Bar None were announced, with After Dark in Mansfield scooping the top accolade.
The venues competing for the top prize had already been put through their paces of a Best Bar None assessment, which requires them to demonstrate how they offer the safest environment possible, and operate responsibly, to provide their customers with the best possible experience.
A panel of licensing experts reviewed all of the assessment forms to decide the most well-run premises in each area, then an overall county-wide winner was chosen from these.
The area winners are:
- Ashfield – The Pilgrim Oak, Hucknall
- Bassetlaw – The Liquorice Gardens, Worksop
- Broxtowe – Mecca, Beeston
- Gedling – The Elwes Arms, Carlton (second year running)
- Mansfield – After Dark, Mansfield
- Newark & Sherwood – The Sir John Arderne, Newark (second year running)
- Rushcliffe – University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus
From these local winners, one overall winner – billed as “Best Bar None in Nottinghamshire” – was also announced. This year this prestigious accolade was awarded to independent late night venue After Dark in 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.
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.”
This year the Nottinghamshire scheme has 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.