2018 Nottingham Best Bar None Award winners unveiled

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The New Foresters has been crowned the Overall Winner of the Nottingham city centre Best Bar None Awards for the second year running.

Located on St Ann’s Street, the New Foresters caters for the LGBQT community. The venue received top scores in its assessment and was particularly praised by the judges for its passion and enthusiasm.

As well as wining the ultimate title, the New Foresters won the award for Best Independent Venue, again for the second consecutive year.

Designed to promote the responsible and effective management and operation of licensed premises, The Best Bar None Awards has been run in Nottingham city centre by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) since 2010. The scheme is being sponsored by licensing law specialists Poppleston Allen for the second consecutive year.

This year a total of 85 Nottingham city centre establishments have succeeded in gaining Best Bar None accreditation which is a record number, with 76 of these receiving the top gold award and the remaining nine securing the silver award.

The highest scoring accredited venues in the assessments were independently judged by industry experts, with a winner being chosen in seven categories as well as an overall winner.

The other winners were:

• Best Bar: Faradays
• Best Club: INK
• Best Cocktail Bar: The Alchemist
• Best Entertainment Venue: Grosvenor Casino
• Best Pub: Pit & Pendulum
• Best Restaurant: Annie’s Burger Shack

Debbie Law, who runs the New Foresters, said: “We won three awards last year so we really didn’t expect to win any this year. I was overwhelmed that we won one award, let alone two. It’s not all about me or my staff but about my customers.”

Mick McDonnell, national Best Bar None co-ordinator, added: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see these sort of numbers in the Nottingham city scheme and increasing year on year.

“Having 76 venues achieving the gold standard only reinforces the commitment of local businesses to achieving the highest standards to ensure that Nottingham city not only has a vibrant Night time Economy but is also recognised as safe area for residents of the city and visitors to enjoy.

“I would personally like to thank the venues, Nottingham BID, the police and local authority for working together in partnership. It just goes to show what can be achieved by the collective mind. Well done to everyone involved.”

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