Borders’ Best Bar None award winners crowned

Group of winner holding plaques

Published: Tuesday, 26th March 2019

Pubs, restaurants, hotels and a rugby club from the Borders have proudly picked up their Best Bar None Scotland awards at a ceremony in St Boswells.

Representatives from 18 local licensed premises were presented with their prizes at Buccleuch Arms Hotel in St Boswells last night (Monday 25 March).

Bars from across the region have been recognised for their commitment to a safer and more secure environment for the public.

Borders’ Best Bar None 2019 winners


  • Barony Castle (Eddleston)
  • Buccleuch Arms Hotel (St Boswells)
  • The Carters Rest (Jedburgh)
  • The Cobbles Inn (Kelso)
  • Coopers Bar (Hawick)
  • Liddesdale Hotel (Newcastleton)
  • Melrose Rugby Club
  • Oblo (Eyemouth)
  • The Plough Hotel (Yetholm)
  • The Queen’s Head Hotel (Kelso)
  • Templehall Hotel (Morebattle)
  • Town Arms Inn (Selkirk)


  • The Bridge Inn (Peebles)
  • The Cross Keys (Peebles)
  • Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
  • The Tavern Bar (Lilliardsedge)


  • The Bourtree (Hawick)
  • Hunter’s Hall (Galashiels)

Each premise is now accredited to the Best Bar None scheme.

Best Bar None Scotland

The Queens Head in Kelso is also in running for a national Best Bar None Scotland award, with a ceremony due to be held in Dunblane on Thursday (28 March).


The Best Bar None Awards is supported by:

  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Borders Council
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

For more information contact the Safer Communities Team on 01835 823204 or [email protected]

Councillor John Greenwell, Chair of the Scottish Borders Licensing Board

“It’s really reassuring to see our bars taking customer care and safety seriously, which is what Best Bar None is all about.

“I congratulate all of our worthy winners and also wish the Queens Head the best of luck in the national finals.”

PC Nick Walker, Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team, and local Best Bar None lead

“We are grateful to everyone who took part in Best Bar None and it was great to see everyone getting their awards. We’re already looking ahead to this year’s scheme, which will launch in the coming weeks, and I hope we can get even for premises signed up.”

Further Information

Images from the awards ceremony are available from Scottish Borders Council’s Flickr page.

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