Midlothian pubs raise the bar

Best Bar None Midlothian 2015/16 award winnersA quartet of local pubs has been recognised for raising the bar in overall excellence by winning Best Bar None Midlothian 2015/16 awards.

Now in its third year of existence in Midlothian, the Best Bar None scheme is an integral part of the Safer Areas Initiatives throughout Scotland and rewards well-managed venues.

Accreditation to the scheme shows the venue and its staff have met a level of standards that assures members of the public they will be able to enjoy a safe and welcoming atmosphere.

The winners of the 2015/16 gold awards were The Blacksmith’s Forge, Dalkeith, Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg and Esk Valley Table Table while the Crescent Sports Bar in Penicuik received a silver award for their efforts.

Iain Jeffrey, Crime Prevention Officer for Midlothian, said: “I’d like to congratulate the award winners of 2015/16 Best Bar None Scheme and highlight their commitment to creating a safer environment for customers.

“Applications for the 2016/17 Best Bar None scheme are due to open shortly and anyone interested can register directly via the Best Bar None website.”

Best Bar None

The Best Bar None scheme is the only licensing award to set a minimum standard of operation – promoting a safer local community by reducing alcohol related harm, disorder and crime.

Best Bar None is free and it is voluntary to apply; premises then go through a prescriptive assessment process and are judged before receiving recognition if successful.

Gaining Best Bar None accreditation is beneficial for premises because it increases staff safety, it enhances reputation and there are also financial benefits through reduced insurance schemes.

For more information please visit the Best Bar None website

Pictured (left to right): Councillor and Chair of the Midlothian Licensing Board Bob Constable, Blacksmith’s Forge assistant manager Claire McLellan and manager Dan Bunn, Crescent Sports Bar manager Suzanne Liddell and owner Robert Craig and Midlothian Local Area Commander, Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson.

28 Jul 2016