Licensed venues across the city recognised for best practise

Pubs and restaurants across Edinburgh have been recognised for best practise as licensed premises.

This year’s Edinburgh Best Bar None awards saw 32 businesses receive gold, silver and bronze accreditation for their work to support a safe night out.Best Bar None

Overall winner was the Black Rose Tavern on Rose Street, who built on their success as the Pub Category and overall Edinburgh award-winners in 2017, receiving the highest Best Bar None Score ever awarded in the Capital.

Other winners were the Malmaison Hotel in the Hotel Bar category, CC Blooms in the Nightclub Category, The Blue Blazer in the Independent Bar category and the Gorgie Suite, Heart of Midlothian Football Club, in the Specialist Entertainment Venue category.

Best Bar None is a national accreditation and award scheme aiming to raise standards amongst licensed venues, recognising positive management helping to facilitate safe and enjoyable nights out for the public.

Councillor Norman Work, Edinburgh Licencing Board Convener, said: “Best Bar None is an extremely valuable scheme, giving well-deserved recognition to the many licensed premises that strive to improve the experience for people in Edinburgh.

“This year scores for participating venues were higher than ever before, demonstrating the efforts by participating venues to facilitate a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. Well done to everyone who took part!”

Alison Morrison of the Black Rose Tavern, overall winner for Edinburgh, said: “The Best Bar None Awards scheme is absolutely fantastic, it really gives you something to aim or aspire to. For us, we’ve put a lot of time and effort into developing our team of staff and its clearly brought benefits, the success tonight is really down to the whole team’s hard work.”

Best Bar None was first launched in Leith in 2011 and was extended to cover the whole of Edinburgh in 2016, and is a joint initiative between the City of Edinburgh Council, the Edinburgh Licensing Board, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and the city’s licence holders.

In June, licensed businesses were invited to apply for the scheme in order to receive an inspection and score based on Licensing Scotland objectives. Gold, silver and bronze winners were awarded at a special ceremony at Tynecastle Park on Wednesday, 21 November.

Best Bar None, which was launched nationally in 2005, aims to promote social responsibility, diligent management and improved knowledge and skills across licensed premises, while reducing alcohol-related crime.

The scheme is sponsored by Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents, Maxxium UK, with the Edinburgh awards ceremony, held at Heart of Midlothian Football Club, which also provided support, along with sponsorship from Hill Brown Licensing and entertainment from Chameleon Lady.

Find out more about Best Bar None online.

Pictured: Overall winners, Black Rose Tavern

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