Borders licensed premises invited to enter Best Bar None Awards 2019

Group of winner holding plaques

Published: Monday, 12th August 2019

Local licensed premises are being encouraged to raise the bar and join the Best Bar None Scotland Awards 2019.

A total of 18 premises in the Scottish Borders won 2018 awards at a ceremony held in the Buccleuch Arms in St Boswells earlier this year.

The awards recognised venues ranging from Eyemouth to Eddleston for their commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for the public.

Best Bar None is open to pubs, bars, nightclubs, hotel bars and specialist entertainment venues - including community venues - in the local area.

Entries are now open with successful premises being invited to the awards night held next year, which could then lead to a national Best Bar None Scotland award.

Councillor John Greenwell, Convener of the Scottish Borders Licensing Board

“There are a number of benefits to joining Best Bar None, namely the public awareness that an accredited premises is a quality venue which is serious about customer care and safety.

“The process for signing up to Best Bar None Scotland has been made even more straightforward this year, with one application form for all types of premises. Police Scotland and Scottish Borders Council’s licensing standards officers are also available to assist participants at any stage.

“Anyone interested in applying should contact the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team who will send someone out to go through the simple process with you.”

History of Best Bar None

Best Bar None was developed by Greater Manchester Police in 2003 as a response to increased violence and anti-social behaviour in and around licensed premises. It aimed to reward positive work within the licensed trade - improving standards and addressing local issues and, ultimately, keeping people safe.

The scheme was adopted in Scotland in 2005, initially in Glasgow, and is currently administered nationally by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and by local co-ordinators, representing local councils, trading standards, community safety partnerships, business improvement districts (BIDs), alcohol drug partnerships and crime prevention panels.

More information

More information is available or phone 01835 823204.

2018 winners

  • Gold: 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).
  • Silver: The Bridge Inn (Peebles), The Cross Keys (Peebles), Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, The Tavern Bar (Lilliardsedge).
  • Bronze: The Bourtree (Hawick), Hunter’s Hall (Galashiels).

Photos of the Best Bar None Awards 2018, held earlier this year, are available at our Flickr page.