Awards recognise Nottingham’s best-run bars, pubs and clubs


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Squares has triumphed as overall winner in this year’s Best Bar None Awards for the best-run bars, pubs and clubs in Nottingham.

Squares in The Poultry – one of the largest pubs in the city centre – took the overall award as well as winning the judges’ award for best large pub. Operated by pub and bar group TCG, it has been part of Nottingham’s bar scene for over 10 years.

The Best Bar None winners were chosen by judges based on merit from scores received during an assessment and also voted for by the public. Over 7,550 votes were cast this year, a significant increase on previous years.

The judging panel gave the award for best small bar to The Bodega while the public voted Bad Juju & The Rum House as their favourite in this category.

The judges’ award for best large bar went to Cape while the public vote was won by Pitcher & Piano.

In the category of best club, the judges’ award went to The Forum while the public choice was Rock City.

The judges picked the New Foresters as best small pub and Squares as best large pub while the public’s votes earned awards for Spanky Van Dykes and The Orange Tree.

Karen Williams, manager of Squares, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the overall award and to have been chosen by the judges as the best large pub too.

“It is great recognition for us as a business as it acknowledges all the systems and processes that we have in place and all the efforts we make to ensure that we operate responsibly and to the highest standards.”

Jeff Allen, chairman of Nottingham BID, the organisers of the Best Bar None Award scheme, said: “In Nottingham city centre we are spoilt for choice when it comes to bars, pubs and clubs. We have a wide range of top-quality venues that all contribute to helping our night-time economy thrive.

“The Best Bar None award scheme is important because the venues that are accredited and win the awards have demonstrated that they have strong practices and systems in place to ensure that they achieve the very highest standards of operation.

“This is important for creating a vibrant and safe environment in the city centre for people to enjoy in the evening.

“Winning these awards highlights that Squares firmly places the well-being and overall experience of its customers at the heart of its business and the managers and staff should be very proud of such a fantastic achievement.

“They are to be congratulated as are all the other winners in the awards and all the venues that have gained accreditation.”

Police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping, who provided funding towards the awards, said: “The thriving night-time economy attracts a great deal of visitors to the city and I want people to have a great night out in safe surroundings.

“Best Bar None accreditations give customers confidence in the licensees’ commitment to providing enjoyable, yet responsible licensed premises, which is rewarded by increased trade.”

Pictured are Jason Kelby, Tracy Williamson, Karen Williams and Simone Holecza from Squares.

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