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Due to essential maintenance, our online payment system will not be unavailable between 1.00pm and 4.00pm on 21 August 2022. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Why join Best Bar None?

If your premises becomes Best Bar None accredited, visitors to Durham City centre will recognise it as a safe and enjoyable place to socialise.

As well as increased turnover, increased footfall and national recognition for your premises, having a Best Bar None accredited premises brings the following benefits. 

Great publicity

You will be able to include your venue's accreditation in your promotions, publicity and marketing. We also provide free promotional and advertising opportunities. 

Safer environment

Working alongside the police, and us, you are able to provide a safer environment for your customers and staff. The more successful our scheme is, the safer our city streets become, resulting in a reduction in violent crime in the evening and early hours.


Along with Durham Constabulary, we provide free training courses for you and your staff on:

  • Conflict Management
  • Drug Awareness 
  • Counter Terrorism

You'll also be able to take advantage of heavily discounted British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) approved training courses.

Free health check

Our assessments and spot checks provide you with a free health check for your business. It also gives you an opportunity to show how well you run your business.

Good practice

Following our assessments, we will tell you about examples of good practice that we've come across, that may be appropriate for your premises.


  • Reduced public liability insurance
  • Discounted pubwatch radio systems (while stocks last)
  • Free equipment (while stocks last), for example drug safes and metal detection wands
  • The scheme crowned Best Premises Bar None 2017 will receive one year's free membership of the BII.

Best Bar None is a national award scheme, recognised as best practice by the Home Office and the alcohol industry. It promotes partnership working with us and the police, rather than enforcement. 

Contact us
City Centre Management
03000 267 198
07584 217 019
Our address is:
  • Durham City Police Office
  • New Elvet
  • Durham City
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 3AQ