Falkirk licensees celebrate getting rewards for high standards

Best Bar None2014  award winners for Falkirk area''Picture: Michael Gillen
Best Bar None2014 award winners for Falkirk area''Picture: Michael Gillen

A record number of publicans toasted their success in a scheme that recognises the best in the licensed trade.

The Best Bar None scheme focuses on customer safety and allows pubs and clubs to highlight how they meet national standards for the alcohol industry.

The scheme is sponsored by Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents and Maxximum, as part of Safer Areas Iniatives throughout Scotland.

It was launched in Manchester in 2003 to address alcohol-related crime, particularly anti-social behaviour and violence.

This year’s Falkirk area event, held recently in Behind the Wall, saw a record number of awards handed over.

Licensed premises signing up undertake a rigorous assessment of all areas of their operations, including fire safety, first aid, community engagement and noise.

Sarah McKenzie, Falkirk Delivers assistant manager, said: “The awards are growing year-on-year, are gathering more interest and have become one of the trades’ significant events within Falkirk.”

This year 16 premises were successful and received awards.

Gold winners were: Behind the Wall, Carron Works, City Nightclub, The Corbie Inn, The Earl of Zetland, The Orchard Hotel, Sportsters Bar, Storm Nightclub and Voodoo Lounge.

Silver awards went to: One Princes Street, The Outside Inn, The Songbird Bar, St Laurence and The Wellington Bar.

North Star and The Tolbooth Tavern received accreditation.