Published: November 16, 2018 9:28 am

Some of the best managed pub, bars and clubs in the county have been recognized at a ceremony to announce the Best Bar None 2018 winners, held at Aspers casino in Northampton.

Licensed premises from across the county received accreditations to the Best Bar None (BBN) scheme, which were presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Steven Mold and Emilia Bland from Carlsberg UK, who between them sponsored the awards this year.

Best Bar None is an accreditation scheme supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry, aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.  The standards are high, with 100 per cent compliance in 42 essential criteria required to be accredited and with desirable and bonus marks available for going the extra mile.

Of 22 premises that applied to enter the scheme 13 were successful in that accreditation and they are as follows:

Aspers Casino (Northampton)

Bar So (Northampton)

The Cordwainer (Northampton)

The Gallery (Northampton)

The Golden Horse (Northampton)

The Kingfisher (Wellingborough)

NB’s (Northampton)

The Platform (Northampton)

Pop Central (Kettering)

Raff’s Bar (Wellingborough)

Saxon Crown (Corby)

Temple & Pure (Wellingborough)

Urban Tiger (Northampton)


There were then awards for the best of the best in two categories as follows:

Best Pub –

Winner                       The Golden Horse

Runner-up                  The Kingfisher

Best Club or Late-night venue  –

Winner –                    The Platform

Runner-up                 Temple & Pure  

Northamptonshire Police Licensing Sergeant Martin O’Connell who organised the Northamptonshire scheme and awards event, said: “I would like to thank and congratulate all the premises that took part and were accredited in achieving such high standards. They are all thoroughly deserving of their award and their participation in the BBN scheme shows that they care about the security and safety of their customers and staff whilst providing vibrant entertainment in our night-time economies.”

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, said: “As a sponsor, it was a pleasure to see so many licensees across Northamptonshire who are going the extra mile to ensure they give their customers the best and safest experience possible.  Many congratulations to all who took part, they are helping to raise the standards of the night time economy in our county.”

National Coordinator for Best Bar None, Mick McDonnell who was present at the awards, said: “I would like to thank all those schemes that took the time to enter the awards this year. It is always encouraging to see the different initiatives our members are developing in order to make the local community a safer place, and I am pleased and proud that we are able to recognise and reward the best of those.”

Left to Right – Mr Stephen Mold (PCC Northamptonshire), Alana Lineham (Licensee at Golden Horse), Martine Lineham (Alana’s daughter), Adrian Kitchener (Alana’s partner), Emilia Bland (Carlsberg UK)










Left to Right – Stephen Mold (PCC), Charlotte Boyd, Patricia Martin (assistant manager), Emilia Bland (Carlsberg), Matthew Nunn (General Manager)