best bar none
best bar none

The council has announced the winners of the second East Riding Best Bar None Awards, which are funded by the National Best Bar None Group, and saw the Royal Mail at Thorngumbald walk away as overall winner of the scheme.

The Best Bar None Accreditation and Awards Scheme implemented in the East Riding focuses on safety, public health initiatives and customer care, as well as helping to raise standards in the licensed trade to ensure responsible management of the premises.

In total, 35 premises applied to take part in the Best Bar None Scheme and 27 were successful in gaining accreditation.

Assessments were carried out over a six-month period across the East Riding, with the aim of raising standards and recognising the best licensed premises in each of the four categories.

The results of the best in class premises are as follows:

* Best Pub – New Inn, Hornsea

* Best Bar – Weir Bar, Hessle

* Best Community Premises – Royal Mail, Thorngumbald

* Best Food Led/Family Friendly- Lobster Pot, Bridlington

The overall winner of Best Bar None was the Royal Mail, Thorngumbald.

The Best Bar None Scheme was introduced with the aim of establishing 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 the East Riding of Yorkshire 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 other premises in order to raise standards within the industry.

Councillor Claude Mole, vice-chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We are delighted with the response of local licensees to the Best Bar None Awards Scheme.

“This scheme encourages licensees to act responsibly and take pride in their premises and surroundings and, in doing so, put something back into their local community.

“The effort of all of the participants is highly commendable bringing lots of rewards for licensees including, the prestige of being part of the awards scheme, increased business in the area and lower insurance premiums resulting from the fact that they are running safer establishments. However the main winners of the awards scheme are the local community and visitors, who benefit from a more welcoming, attractive, lively and above all safe place to visit.”

* The Best Bar None Scheme started in Manchester in 2003 and has gone from strength-to-strength, both nationally and internationally, with approximately 100 areas around the country and in Canada now running the scheme.

* It is supported by the Home Office and recommended in the national alcohol strategy as a scheme which, with other controls, can assist with managing holistically the night time economy. It promotes positive partnership working between regulatory bodies and local business.

* The scheme was implemented in 2009 as a pilot in main towns in the East Riding and implemented in 2012 across the whole of the East Riding area.

* The 27 accredited premises are:

New Inn – Hornsea

Prior John – Bridlington

Harbour Tavern – Bridlington

Cross Keys – Beverley

Queens Head – Beverley

Benjamin Fawcett – Driffield

Hook and Parrot – Bridlington

City and County – Goole

The Tiger – Driffield

Weir Bar – Hessle

Lowther Hotel – Goole

Kings Head – Beverley

Corner Bar – Hessle

Utopia Luxe Bar – Bridlington

Jailhouse – Goole

Hop Pole – Willerby

The Lobster Pot – Bridlington

Springhead – Anlaby

The Beech Tree – Kirk Ella

Lucia Wine Bar – Beverley

The Funny Onion – Bridlington

Farthings Steak House – Bridlington

The Spa – Bridlington

Royal Mail – Thorngumbald

Duke of Cumberland – Ferriby

The Buck Hotel – Driffield

Beverley Arms Hotel – Beverley.