The results of the fifth annual Carlisle and Eden District Best Bar None Awards were announced at an awards ceremony held at the Crown and Mitre Hotel in Carlisle (22nd May).
The Best Bar None accreditation and awards scheme focuses on safety and customer care, as well as helping to raise standards in the licensed trade. The assessors carried out their inspections in April in Penrith and surrounding rural areas and Carlisle and surrounding rural areas, with the aim of finding the best licensed premises. In addition, customers were also able to vote for their favourite premises via the CFM Radio website.
All participating premises were invited to attend the awards ceremony. Licensed premises, accredited as part of the Best Bar None Scheme, received a plaque and certificate for public display and they may now become eligible for significant reductions in business insurance premiums through a scheme run by the BEDA.
In total 32 premises applied to take part in the Best Bar None Scheme. The results are as follows:
Eden Best Pub – The General Wolfe
Eden Best Bar – The Lounge Hotel and Bar
Eden Best Club – The Warehouse
Eden Best Rural premises – King Arms Hotel
CFM Radio People’s Choice Eden – The Lounge Hotel and Bar
The overall winner of Best Bar None for the Eden area was the General Wolfe.
The following licensed premises in the Eden achieved the Best Bar None accreditation standard: The Warehouse, The Lounge Hotel and Bar, Blue Jay Way, O’Neil’s Sports Lounge, Foundry 34, General Wolfe, Gloucester Arms, Last Orders, The Royal, Kings Arms Hotel, Cross Keys Inn (Tebay), Hare and Hounds and the Miners Arms.
The Best Bar None Scheme was introduced to our area in 2008 by the Carlisle and Eden Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP), working with the Late Night Entertainment Industry. The aim was to establish a standard of excellence within the pubs, clubs and bars. The scheme aims are:
To reduce the incidents of crime and disorder associated with the consumption of alcohol;
To promote Carlisle and Penrith as a safe and professional environment in which to live, work, visit and socialise;
To identify and reward responsible licensed premises; and
To share good practice with others in order to raise standards.
Eden District Council’s Deputy Leader and Communities Portfolio Holder, Councillor Mary Robinson said: “I congratulate all the licensees who achieved the Best Bar None accreditation standard and the individual category winners. It is great to see the pride and care licensees are giving to providing high standards of professionalism for local people and tourists in their establishments. This shows Carlisle and Eden are safe places for people to enjoy a night out, which is excellent news for our respective night time economies.”
The Best None Scheme in Carlisle and Eden is supported by the CDRP, ABV Training and Bookers Cash and Carry. For more information about the Best Bar None Scheme contact Eden District Council’s Licensing Department telephone: 01768 817817.
Notes to Editors:
For more information contact: Barry Cooper, Communication Officer at Eden District Council tel: 01768 212137 or mobile: 077159 90460.
Eden District Council has 38 elected members and is the most sparsely populated district in England and Wales. The District area covers 830 square miles and has scenic landscapes, historic market towns, excellent tourist facilities and vibrant communities. The Council’s strategic aim is: To Best Serve the People of Eden.
About Best Bar None
2008 saw the Carlisle and Eden Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) adopt the exciting Best Bar None awards scheme. The UK-wide scheme, which is backed by the Home Office and British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) started as part of the ‘City Safe’ scheme in Manchester in 2003 and has since been adopted by over 100 other towns and cities with great success.
Best Bar None is aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises with the ultimate intention of offering and maintaining a safer, more welcoming, attractive and lively drinking experience.
Best Bar None rewards licensees who provide good management, a safe and enjoyable environment for customers, discourage binge drinking and prevent alcohol-related crime. It encourages licensees to act responsibly and take pride in their premises and surroundings and, in doing so, put something back into their town / city and local community. The rewards for licensees include, the prestige of being part of the awards scheme, increased business within the area and lower insurance premiums resulting from the fact that they are running safer establishments.