Scottish Borders Best Bar None Awards open for 2017

A group of award winners hold their award plaques

Published: Friday, 28th April 2017

Licensed premises across the Borders are being invited to enter the Best Bar None Scotland Awards this year.

Best Bar None is a national awards scheme aimed at raising standards and rewarding licensed premises who undertake positive management practices in support of a safe night out.

Who can enter Best Bar None Scotland Awards?

The local scheme is open to all:

  • Pubs
  • Clubs
  • Nightclubs
  • Hotel bars

A total of 18 licensed premises picked up Scottish Borders Best Bar None Awards in 2016, with two Kelso venues – The Waggon Inn and The Queens Head Hotel – going on to pick up national titles.

Licensing Scotland Act 2005 criteria

Premises are provided with guidance to help ensure that they meet a number of criteria covering the five key elements of the Licensing Scotland Act 2005:

  1. preventing crime and disorder
  2. protecting public safety
  3. preventing public nuisance
  4. promoting public health
  5. protecting children

There are three levels of award – bronze, silver and gold – which are awarded following an independent inspection.

PC Nick Walker, Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team and 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.”

“All licensed premises who are successfully accredited to the scheme will receive an award at the Scottish Borders Best Bar None awards evening, and as the Waggon Inn and The Queens Head Hotel have both shown it can then lead to national recognition as well.

“I would encourage all local licensed premises to consider joining the scheme in 2017.”

Find out more about Best Bar None and how to enter.

Best Bar None Scottish Borders winners 2016

The Scottish Borders Best Bar None Award winners for 2016 were:


  • 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)


  • The Allanton Inn
  • The Liddesdale Hotel (Newcastleton)
  • Warehouse (Galashiels)
  • The Black Bull Hotel (Duns)


  • Grapevine (Galashiels)
  • The County Hotel (Selkirk)
  • The Buccleuch Arms (St Boswells)

Images from the 2016 awards night are available on our Flickr page.