The pubs and bars of Plymouth came out on top in this year's National Best Bar None Awards, with the area scooping Best Overall Scheme.
The scheme was praised for accrediting 17 of the 25 town centre venues, with a further six venues set to join this year. In just the first nine months of operation, there has been a 33 per cent reduction in violent offences committed in licensed premises.
(L-r Best Bar None Chair, Lord Smith of Hindhead CBE; Jay McDonnell, chair, Plymouth Best Bar None; Catherine MacDonald, Plymouth Best Bar None coordinator)
Torquay was highly commended in the same category, while other winners on the night included:
- Bolton - Best New Scheme
- Sheffield - Most Innovative Scheme
- PC Natalie Dolan of Manchester Best Bar None -Outstanding Commitment Award
The winners were revealed at a reception in the House of Lords earlier this week (5 February), hosted by Best Bar None chairman Lord smith of Hindhead CBE. He said:
"I have always believed that a society which socialises together is a stronger society. The so called 'stay at home' culture is not good for our industry and statistics show that people who drink in company consume less alcohol than those who stay at home, and they also benefit from social cohesion. We want more people to go out and enjoy our great pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants."
The inaugural best Bar None Annual Report was also launched at the reception, alongside a video (above) outlining the organisation's achievements to date and future plans.
Best Bar None is funded by the industry and its main sponsors and supporters are Heineken, Diageo, Pernod Richard, Molson Coors, Asahi, Stonegate Pub Company, JD Wetherspoon, Mitchells & Butler and Ei Group.