Falkirk pubs are Best Bar None

Representatives from the licensed premises which have received Best Bar None accreditation in 2015 Picture: Michael Gillen
Representatives from the licensed premises which have received Best Bar None accreditation in 2015 Picture: Michael Gillen
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Proving there is more to running a successful pub than pulling pints were the 13 venues receiving Best Bar None accreditation.

The scheme allows pubs and clubs to show that the premises and staff have met a standard to allow customers to enjoy a safe and welcoming visit.

On Sunday the 2015 awards ceremony was held for the Falkirk area in The Corbie Inn, Bo’ness.

Hosted by TV personality and chef, Hardeep Singh Kohli, it marked the eighth year the awards have been held locally.

Several of the recipients were receiving gold for a successive time, but for others it was the first time of taking part.

Gold was won by City Nightclub, Storm Nightclub, Behind the Wall, Sportsters Bar and Carron Works, all Falkirk, the Earl of Zetland in Grangemouth and The Corbie Inn.

Taking silver were North Star and The Wellington Bar in Falkirk, The Songbird in Denny and Outside Inn in Larbert.

La Banca and the Newmarket Bar in Falkirk, both received accreditation.

Sarah McKenzie of Falkirk Delivers, who is the co-ordinator for the district, said: 
“Best Bar None focuses on customer safety and care, and each venue gaining an award has demonstrated that it meets the standards set by 
the Government and the alcohol industry at a national level.

“We work with our accredited venues and our partner agencies in Police Scotland, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Falkirk Delivers and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to deliver a safer and welcoming night-time experience for customers.”

Licensed premises wishing to join Best Bar None are assessed by trained, impartial assessors and applicants are scored according to national guidelines.

A panel of judges assess the applications and confirm that all the applications have met the required standard.

The Corbie Inn won the Heart of the Community award at the Best Bar None national awards 2014/15 and four other Falkirk venues were shortlisted.

Best Bar None is sponsored by Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents, Maxxium UK and Chivas Brothers.