Launched in September 2013, the Guildford Best Bar None Awards invited the town’s licensed venues to sign up for assessment of their business and the chance to attain accreditation from the scheme. This endorsement aims to help the public make an informed decision when it comes to choosing a pub or bar, giving them the confidence that a venue has been assessed and meets a standard much higher than the minimum required for the trade.
A total of 19 venues entered the 2016 Best Bar None awards across seven key categories, covering best bar, best pub and best late night venue focusing on independent and national operators, along with best entertainment venue. Each venue was assessed and judged by an expert panel on their delivery of four set operational criteria to select individual category winners and an overall Guildford Best Bar none winner, sponsored by TG Media Group. The assessment criteria included:
- Prevention of crime and disorder
- Public safety
- Prevention of public nuisance
- Protection of children from harm
The winners of each category were as follows:
Best Pub Independent: The Keep
Best Pub National: The Britannia
Best Bar Independent: Kokomo
Best Bar National: All Bar One
Best Late Night Venue Independent: Bar Thirteen
Best Late Night Venue National: Casino
Best Entertainment Venue: The Boileroom
Overall Best Bar None Winner: Bar Thirteen
Partners of the scheme included Guildford Borough Council, Surrey Fire and Rescue, Surrey Police, Guildford Pubwatch and Guildford Street Angels.
For more information on Guildford's Best Bar None Awards and other initiatives to enhance and promote Guildford's safety visit www.experienceguildford.com or email Experience Guildford’s Night Time Economy Manager, Stuart Craggs on Stuart@experienceguildford.com.