Gold is the colour at the Borders Best Bar None Awards

Best bar none 2020

Published: Friday, 6th March 2020

A record number of licensed premises from across the Borders were celebrating last night at The Buccleuch Arms in St Boswells, as Best Bar None Borders held its annual local awards.

Best Bar None Scotland is a not-for-profit funded national accreditation and award scheme, working to reduce crime, reward excellence, and raise standards so everyone can enjoy a safe night out.

Gold was very much the colour on show, as 21 venues from the across the county were accredited under the Best Bar None Scheme for their outstanding efforts in helping to create a safer environment for the public. Each venue that applied was visited by an independent assessor and judged on their efforts around the prevention of crime and disorder and securing public safety.

Three Borders venues had even more to celebrate, after they were nominated for Best Bar None Scotland’s National Awards, taking place in Dunblane Hydro on 19 March 2020.

  • The Plough Hotel in Yetholm received two national nominations for Best Individual Pub/Bar and Heart of the Community
  • The Queens Head Hotel, Kelso, was short-listed for the Best Hotel Bar
  • Central Bar in Peebles was short-listed for top newcomer

Best Bar None Scotland was developed in partnership with the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Licensing Boards, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and many other local partners. It works to raise standards amongst licensed venues, recognising positive management helping to facilitate safe and enjoyable nights out for the public.

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Gold, Silver and Bronze awards

The Barony Castle Hotel, Eddleston

GOLD

The Bourtree, Hawick

SILVER

The Bridge Inn, Peebles

GOLD

The Buccleuch Arms, St Boswells

GOLD

The Carters Rest, Jedburgh

GOLD

The Central Bar, Peebles

GOLD

The Cobbles, Kelso

GOLD

Coopers Bar, Hawick

SILVER

The County Hotel, Peebles

BRONZE

The Cross Keys, Peebles

GOLD

The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel

GOLD

The George and Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose

GOLD

Horse and Hounds, Bonchester Bridge

GOLD

Hunters Hall, Galashiels

GOLD

The Liddesdale Hotel, Newcastleton

SILVER

OBLO, Eyemouth

GOLD

The Plough Hotel, Yetholm

GOLD

The Queens Head Hotel, Kelso

GOLD

The Temple Hall, Morebattle

GOLD

The Tontine Hotel , Peebles

SILVER

The Town Arms Inn, Selkirk

GOLD

Nick Walker, Best Bar None coordinator for the Borders

“Again, we have enjoyed an excellent year for Best Bar None in the Borders. We have 21 venues taking part, with 16 of them achieving Gold accreditation meaning they are going ‘over and above’ in terms of improving safety and best practice. Best Bar None plays a vital role in ensuring everyone can enjoy a safe night out, and I would like to congratulate all the venues which have taken part. Safety has to be the first priority on a night out, and all our licensed premises have shown a real commitment placing the welfare of staff and customers first.

“I have to give special mention to the venues which have been short-listed for the National Awards. This is fantastic recognition for all their hard work and very well deserved.”

Councillor John Greenwell, Chair of the Scottish Borders Licensing Board

“We have had a fantastic response to the Scottish Borders Best Bar None Awards, with 21 premises being recognised, up from last year’s total of 18.

“It’s really reassuring to see our bars and hotels 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 Kelso’s Queens Head, Plough Hotel in Yetholm and Central Bar in Peebles the best of luck in the national Best Bar None finals.”

Robert Hogg, National Best Bar None Coordinator

“I would like to congratulate Nick Walker and his team, and all the venues which have taken part this year across the Borders. You can see that collectively all their hard work is making a real difference in raising safety standards and reducing crime. We also look forward to welcoming the three nominated Borders venues to Dunblane for the Nationals on the 19 March.”