Nottingham’s best licensed venue revealed by Best Bar None

Best Bar None Nottingham winner Volt

Less than a year after opening, Volt Club has been named Nottingham’s best licensed venue in awards run as part of its Best Bar None scheme.

It was among a list of the city’s Best Bar None winners announced in May but the overall best was revealed at the Nottinghamshire Food and Drink Awards, hosted by celebrity chef Aldo Zilli.

The club was particularly praised for its community involvement and support of the city’s street pastors – which provides assistance to people who have been out to bars and clubs – along with the quality of its security policies and use of anti-drugs dogs.

Dan Heffernan, owner and managing director of Volt, said: “Winning this award means so much to me and the rest of the team. We are privileged and honoured to be amongst the best licensed businesses in the city.”

The club opened in August last year in a converted warehouse in Broadway in the Lace Market area. Dan, who is 26, is pictured right collecting the award.

The Best Bar None Awards are designed to promote the responsible and effective management and operation of licensed premises, with the scheme being run in Nottingham city centre by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) since 2010.

This year, 75 licensed premises in the city centre secured Best Bar None accreditation, up 47% on last year when 51 venues received accreditation. Winners in last month’s awards were also Bistro Live as best restaurant, The Company Inn as best pub and Cape – which is closing for a refurbishment – as best bar.

The Nottinghamshire Food and Drink Awards ceremony also named George’s Great British Kitchen as winner in the category of best city centre experience, sponsored by It’s in Nottingham – the BID’s consumer-facing brand. The upmarket fish and chip restaurant in Queen Street in the city centre has won numerous awards, with interiors by Nottinghamshire-based Philip Watts Design.

Andrew Crawford, a director of the Nottingham BID, said: “Congratulations to Volt as well as to those that were shortlisted and all the accredited venues. It sends out a very strong message that Nottingham city centre is a safe and welcoming place.

“Congratulations also to George’s on winning their category. Nottingham has a great range of food and drink businesses with more and more opening up all the time, all contributing to the vibrancy of the city.”

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