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, East Riding of Yorkshire 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.

East Riding of Yorkshire launched its first Best Bar None Accreditation scheme in 2009 and has seen continuous growth and success year on year.

The East Riding of Yorkshire covers over 900 square miles, making it one of the largest unitary authorities in the country.

The East Riding of Yorkshire is a predominately a rural area but with a vibrant and busy night time economy in its major settlements including the towns of Beverley, Bridlington, Cottingham and Hessle.

The diversity of types of premises across the East Riding varies from town centre pubs and bars to rural village pubs to large entertainment venues to local breweries and distilleries.  The Best Bar None accreditation scheme and brought standards in licensed premises across the East Riding up in not only small rural village pubs but also highly populated town centres.

The 2018 scheme was launched by Councillor Shaun Horton, Portfolio Holder for Community Involvement & Council Corporate Services, the 2018 winners will be announced in March 2019.

Quote off a previous winner

The 2016 overall winners The Kings Head, Beverley said:

“Being Best Bar runners up in 2009, and an accredited venue in 2012 and 2014, our persistence paid off in 2016 and We won Best Bar and Best Bar None overall winners.

Being such a varied venue, our training is really important to us, not only to the managers but also to the bar staff, glass collectors and even door staff. The Best Bar None sets a good guide for our training, however there is a lot we add to this. We’ve set a standard for ourselves now, that we must continue to maintain or even better.

We definitely got some publicity, which helped get our name out there. The Best Bar None award is something that we are really proud of, we can boast to our guests and new team members to show them we are serious about Licensing.

Its given us an opportunity to show how great we are as a business and to show the community that we are actively working with licensing authorities to ensure Beverley remains a safe and appealing part of the night time economy and gives our guests reassurances that they are safe in our premises.”


Accredited venues

Winners 2016

Overall Winner of ‘Best Bar None’ – The Kings Head, Beverley

Overall runner-up ‘Best Bar None’ – The Queens Head, Beverley


Best Bar Town


Winner – The Kings Head, Beverley

Runner-up – The Lowther Hotel, Goole

3rd Place – The Royal Hotel, Goole


Best Pub Town


Winner – The Cross Keys, Beverley

Runner-up – The Prior John, Bridlington

3rd Place – The Admiral, Hessle


Best Independent Premises


Winner – The Queens Head, Beverley

Runner-up – The Old Boat Shed, Withernsea

3rd Place – The Apollo, Bridlington


Best Community/Rural Premise


Winner  – The Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield

Runners-up – The Ship Inn, Sewerby & The Beech Tree, Kirkella


Best Entertainment/Leisure Venue


Winner – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Runner-up – The Spa, Bridlington

3rd place – Tribfest, Sledmere


Best Food-led Premise


Winner – The Benjamin Fawcett, Driffield

Runner-up – The Camerton, Thorngumbald

3rd place – The Lobster Pot, Bridlington


Best New Entrant 


Winner – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Runner-up – The Cross Keys, Beverley


  • Louise Attwood

    • Email: Louise.Attwood@eastriding.gcsx.gov.uk