Pubs, bars and clubs across the county celebrated as the winners of Nottinghamshire Best Bar None were announced at an exclusive awards evening held at the Village Hotel in Chilwell.
The Ashley Hotel on Carlton Road, scooped overall county-wide winner and the winner of Bassetlaw council district.
Charles Blakemore, who manages the Ashley with his wife, Joanne, said: “As with any Hungry Horse pub we pride ourselves on being family-friendly, welcoming and part of the local community where anyone can come to enjoy a drink and some food in a safe environment. The team works hard every day to makes sure all our customers enjoy the best experience possible whenever they visit and to be recognised for all of this and to be able to call ourselves the Best Bar None out of so many great pubs in Nottinghamshire is brilliant.”
Nottinghamshire’s residents and visitors were asked to vote for their favourite places to visit in the county from those that had made the mark, and nearly 3,500 votes were cast.
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, chairman of community safety committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Many pubs and clubs across the county do some fantastic work to ensure they are providing a safe, enjoyable and well-managed environment for their customers. Best Bar None is a nationally recognised scheme which gives us the opportunity to recognise that fantastic work, whilst reassuring customers that they are in the best possible hands when they go out to enjoy themselves.”
Best Bar None is a national scheme, supported by the Home Office, which is tailored to suit each area in which it is run. There are currently over 70 individual schemes across the country. Due to the way Best Bar None encourages licensees to continually improve their standards of operation, some areas that operate schemes have shown impressive reductions in alcohol-related crime and disorder.
The scheme in Nottinghamshire is the country’s first county-wide scheme. It has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for three years, with the first two years also being co-funded by Nottinghamshire County Council.
PCC Paddy Tipping said: “Licensed venues play a significant role in our local economies and I want people to enjoy themselves and have a great night out, but it’s important that alcohol is both sold and consumed as safely as possible.”