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, Guildford 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.

Accredited venues

Launched in September 2013, the Guildford Best Bar None Awards invited the town’s licensed venues to sign up for assessment of their business and the chance to attain accreditation from the scheme. This endorsement aims to help the public make an informed decision when it comes to choosing a pub or bar, giving them the confidence that a venue has been assessed and meets a standard much higher than the minimum required for the trade.

This year 14 venues took part across 7 categories. Each venue was assessed and judged on their delivery of four set operational criteria to select individual category winners and an overall Guildford Best Bar none winner, sponsored by TG Media Group.

The winners of each category were announced at an awards ceremony at The Mandolay Hotel on Monday 4th September.


Best Pub Independent: The Keep
Best Pub National: The Star Inn
Best Bar Independent: Komo
Best Bar National: All Bar One
Best Late Night Venue Independent: Bar Thirteen
Best Late Night Venue National: J D Wetherspoon
Best Entertainment Venue: The Boileroom
Overall Best Bar None Winner: J D Wetherspoon


Best Late Night Venue National & Overall Winner


Partners of the scheme included Guildford Borough Council, Surrey Fire and Rescue, Surrey Police, Guildford Pubwatch and Guildford Street Angels.


Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to all venues who took part.


  • Pete Lambert

    • Phone: 07711 408142
    • Email: pete@experienceguildford.com