Best Bar None Awards success in the Borders

A group of award winners hold their award plaques

Published: Friday, 3rd March 2017

Representatives from 18 licensed premises picked up Best Bar None Scotland awards at a ceremony in the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells.

This year’s winners are: 

  • Gold: Kings Arms Hotel (Melrose), OBLO (Eyemouth), The Horse and Hound (Bonchester Bridge), Rutherfords Micropub (Kelso), The Cobbles (Kelso), Innerleithen Union Club, Barony Castle Hotel (Eddleston), Hunters Hall (Galashiels), The Bourtree (Hawick), The Queens Head Hotel (Kelso), The Waggon Inn (Kelso)
  • Silver: The Allanton Inn, The Liddesdale Hotel (Newcastleton), Warehouse (Galashiels), The Black Bull Hotel (Duns)
  • Bronze: Grapevine (Galashiels), The County Hotel (Selkirk), The Buccleuch Arms (St Boswells)     

They join an elite group of licensed premises that are accredited to the scheme throughout Scotland.

All premises were able to demonstrate to an independent assessor that they met a large number of criteria covering the five key elements of the Licensing Scotland Act 2005:

  • Prevent crime and disorder
  • Protect public safety
  • Prevent public nuisance
  • Promote public health
  • Protecting children

National awards

The Queens Head is in the running for a national Best Bar Scotland Award in the Best Hotel Bar category while the Waggon Inn is also nominated, in the Best Independent Pub section. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on 30 March.

Councillor Donald Moffat, our Executive Member for Community Safety: 

“Best Bar None continues to grow in the Borders, with a record number of winners this year. This shows that our licensed premises understand the benefits of the scheme and being able to show they are meeting consistently high standards.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our local winners and wish both the Queens Head and the Waggon the best of luck in the national finals later this month.”

PC Nick Walker, local Best Bar None lead: 

“Best Bar None is great opportunity for premises and partner agencies in the Scottish Borders to work together in order to maintain safe and welcoming licensed venues. The process is very straightforward and Police Scotland and Council licensing staff are available to assist participants at all stages.

“The 2017 scheme will launch in the spring and I would encourage all local licensed premises to take part.”

Details of the 2017 scheme will be sent to all licensed premises in due course.

For more information contact the Safer Communities Team on 01835 823204. 

Images from the awards ceremony are available on our Flickr page.

Find out more about Best Bar None Scotland.