Best Bar None Awards announced
Pubs, clubs and bars in Durham City have been rewarded for their commitment to promoting responsible drinking last night at an annual awards evening.
The Library, situated on Saddler Street, won Overall Best Premises Bar None after scooping the Best Alcohol-Free Bar award, given for an extensive menu offering alternatives to alcoholic drinks, and Best Bar in reflection of high standards of customer safety and responsible license holding.
It is a voluntary awards scheme and open to all licensed premises in Durham City Centre. Thirty three premises took part this year, including commercial bars and the bars within Durham University.
In order to receive Best Bar None accreditation, premises undertake a three-hour assessment from police and council officers and a further two spot checks throughout the year. Specific awards are given to the premises which score the most points in both assessments and visits, as well as scores determining whether premises are gold, silver or bronze award level.
This year's awards were presented in the Bishops Suite at Ramside Hall.
Winners in full, by category, were:
Pub: Runner Up - Half Moon Inn, Winner - The Three Bridges
Bar: Runner Up - The Court Inn, Winner - The Library
Nightclub: Runner Up - Klute, Winner - Fabio's
Best alcohol free bar: Runner Up - The Woodman, Winner - The Library
OVERALL BEST PREMISES BAR NONE - The Library
Evaluation of last year's scheme showed some licensees reporting a more than 25 per cent increase in turnover, and a 15 per cent increase in footfall (in comparison with 2008), and a yearly decrease in violence.
Cllr Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, said: "The scheme has shown real success in helping make our city a safe place. It is great to see the commitment of businesses and individuals rewarded at the awards night and also through the benefits the scheme brings to those who participate."
Find out more about the Best Bar None scheme.