The winning bars, clubs and pubs in Guildford’s Best Bar None initiative have been announced, recognising their efforts to raise standards for the town’s nightlife.
Komo was named best independent bar while Bar Thirteen (pictured) came top in the category for best late-night independent venue. All Bar One won the award for best bar operated by a national group.
Other winners were The Keep for best independent pub, The Star Inn for best nationally owned pub, JD Wetherspoon for best national late-night venue and The Boileroom for best entertainment venue. The overall winner was JD Wetherspoon.
A total of 14 venues entered the awards across the seven categories, drawn from participants in the Surrey town’s Best Bar None scheme, now in its fourth year.
Delivered by the town centre’s business improvement district (BID) Experience Guildford, the awards celebrate best practice in the licensed trade, showcasing the hard work and commitment of venues to create and run safe, responsible and inviting town centre pubs, bars and nightclubs.
Each venue was assessed and judged by an expert panel on their delivery of four set operational criteria: prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm.
Mick McDonnell, national coordinator of the Best Bar None scheme, helped to present the awards, praising Guildford’s commitment to supporting and promoting a safe night-time economy and the strong partnership links between supporting organisations.
Amanda Masters, general manager at Experience Guildford, said: “All of the businesses who put themselves forward for these awards have worked hard to make Guildford one of the safest night spots to visit in the south-east.
“Their efforts in partnership with the town’s licensing, police and other associated organisations have resulted in a town known for its high operational standards and strict policy in respect of tackling alcohol related crime and disorder.
“Best Bar None is just one of the initiatives that Experience Guildford and partners have introduced to ensure Guildford is a safe and welcoming environment to work, live and play, and a key factor in us attaining Purple Flag accreditation.
“Thanks to all the partners involved, including Guildford Borough Council, Guildford Pubwatch, Community Safety, Surrey Fire and Rescue and Surrey Police along with community charity groups such as Street Angels.”