DHP Group wins in Nottingham’s Best Bar None


best bar none rock cityDHP Group triumphed at Nottingham’s Best Bar None awards, with its Rock City venue being named best club by both the judges and the public.

The club and music venue in Talbot Street, which opened over 30 years ago, also won the title of Overall Best Bar None Winner for 2013. The team are pictured collecting their award.

The awards were announced at a ceremony for the bars, pubs and clubs involved in Nottingham’s Best Bar None initiative which promotes responsible management and operation of licensed premises.

DHP Group also won awards in the category for best medium-sized bar. The Bodega, which has been a destination for live music for over 20 years, won the judges’ vote while the Rescue Rooms, another venue noted for its live music which opened 10 years ago, was the public choice.

“We believe that working together as a team throughout the city makes Nottingham’s nightlife a vibrant and safe environment for all to enjoy,” said Bartholomew Easter, club development manager at DHP Group.

The categories for best large bar both went to leading multiple operators. The judges’ choice was Revolution in Hockley, part of Inventive Leisure, while the public voted for Pitcher & Piano, part of Marston’s.

The other winners were Pit & Pendulum and Squares, both operated by TCG Management Services, long-established gay bar The New Foresters and Spanky Van Dyke’s.

The winners were chosen by both a panel of judges – based on merit from scores received during an assessment – and also voted for by the public.

David Lucas, chair of Nottingham Business Improvement District’s licensing advisory group, said: “In Nottingham we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bars, pubs and clubs. We have a vast array of top-quality venues that all play a big role in helping our night-time economy thrive.

“But achieving a Best Bar None award requires being able to demonstrate strong practices and systems that aim to maintain and improve the very highest standards of operation, so for Rock City to have won in both the judges’ choice and public choice categories, plus achieving the Overall Winner award, is hugely impressive.

“Winning these awards highlights that Rock City 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.”

The ceremony was held at Nottingham’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, sponsored by Nottingham brewer Shipstone’s, independent wholesaler HB Clark, drinks company Diageo GB, Spinato Prosecco Piemonte, soft drinks manufacturer Reviva, chocolate maker Deli-cious, law firm Fraser Brown and Pubwatch.

The host was world-renowned cabaret performer Dusty Limits.

Nottingham’s 2013 Best Bar None Award Winners:

Best Medium Bar – Judges Choice
Bodega

Best Large Bar – Judges Choice
Revolution, Hockley

Best Small Pub – Judges Choice
New Foresters

Best Large Pub – Judges Choice
Squares

Best Club – Judges Choice
Rock City

Best Medium Bar – Public Choice
Rescue Rooms

Best Large Bar – Public Choice
Pitcher & Piano

Best Small Pub – Public Choice
Spanky Van Dyke’s

Best Large Pub – Public Choice
Pit and Pendulum

Best Club – Public Choice
Rock City

Overall Best Bar None Winner 2013
Rock City

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