Pubs, bars and clubs across the county celebrated as the winners of Nottinghamshire Best Bar None were announced at an exclusive awards evening held at the Village Hotel in Chilwell.
Mansfield was home to four of the best venues as voted for by the public; the best suburban chain venue went to the Bold Forester, andwhynot took the best town centre independent venue, the best chain venue went to The Stag and Pheasant and The Late Lounge won Fraser Brown Solicitors best late night venue.
A panel of independent judges with expertise in the field of licensing also chose a winner within each council area. The winner within Mansfield was Rush Late Bar in Mansfield, with the judges recognising the team’s extreme hard work and dedication to ensuring their customers had a safe and enjoyable time.
Best Bar None is a national scheme, supported by the Home Office, which is tailored to suit each area in which it is run. There are currently over 70 individual schemes across the country. Due to the way Best Bar None encourages licensees to continually improve their standards of operation, some areas that operate schemes have shown impressive reductions in alcohol-related crime and disorder.
The scheme in Nottinghamshire is the country’s first county-wide scheme. It has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for three years, with the first two years also being co-funded by Nottinghamshire County Council.
PCC Paddy Tipping said: “Licensed venues play a significant role in our local economies and I want people to enjoy themselves and have a great night out, but it’s important that alcohol is both sold and consumed as safely as possible.
The overall winner of Nottinghamshire’s Best Bar None scheme for 2015 was selected as The Ashley Hotel, Worksop.