Toasting their success after being named Scotland’s top independent pub are the staff and regulars at Behind the Wall.
The Falkirk bar and restaurant was given the perfect boost as it plans next year’s 30th anniversary celebrations by taking the accolade at the Best Bar None awards.
This is the fourth year BtW has made the Scottish final, but the first time it has taken the national title.
Owner Brian Flynn said: “We were delighted to win. We’ve kept trying every year with the aim of finding out what the judging process is looking for and implementing the requirements.”
Asked the secret of the popular venue’s success, he added: “Every year we’ve managed to highlight more of our strengths and this year it worked. But we’re not sitting back as 2015 marks our 30th year and we’ve got lots of plans and improvements.”
The Best Bar None scheme aims to promote a positive image of the country’s nightime economy by creating safer and more welcoming city and town centre environments.
Run locally by Falkirk Delivers and nationally administered by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, it awards pubs and clubs bronze, silver or gold accreditation, depending on their commitment to safety, responsible drinking and customer care.
Judges praised BtW’s use of metal detectors, free drinks for designated drivers policy, use of deaf interpreters and free bottled water.
Sarah McKenzie of Falkirk Delivers said: “Congratulations to Behind the Wall on this success. This reinforces the message that Falkirk is a welcoming and safe place to work, stay and spend your leisure time.
“Every year the Falkirk area Best Bar None awards attract more entries from our licensed premises and we are delighted at this national recognition.
“Congratulations also to City nightclub and Voodoo Lounge on making it through to the national finals.”
The scheme is supported by brewing and drinks companies and has the backing of the Scottish Government, Police, Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.