Applications for Nottingham’s Best Bar None open

The 2018 Nottingham Best Bar None Scheme has been launched by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) and licensed premises in the city centre are being encouraged to apply.

Best Bar None is a national initiative supported by the Home Office that is designed to acknowledge and reward safe and well run licensed premises.  For the last six years the scheme has been run in Nottingham city centre by Nottingham BID, which last year saw 69 licensed premises in the city centre securing Best Bar None accreditation, with 54 achieving the top ranked gold status – an increase of six venues on the previous year.  It is a clear demonstration that more venues than ever are committed to Best Bar None and dedicated to delivering safe and enjoyable nights out for their customers.

In order to receive the accreditation, premises have to complete an assessment which demonstrates they have appropriate and effective policies and procedures in place to prove that they are safely operated, particularly in the areas of the protection of children and emergency procedures. It is free for all licensed premises across the city centre to apply for accreditation.

Premises which gain accreditation will receive a bronze, silver or gold award based on their score, in one of the six categories – Pub, Bar, Club, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar and Independent with the highest scoring premises in each category going through to an independent judging panel consisting of licensing professionals.  A winner will then be chosen in each category and from these category winners, an overall winner for 2018 will be selected and announced at a special event in September.

Last year the New Foresters was crowned the Overall Winner and won the Best Pub and Best Independent awards.

Boiler Maker won the Best Cocktail Bar category; Grosvenor Casino topped the Best Bar category; Rock City won the Best Club category and Browns was selected as the winner of the Best Restaurant category.

Andy Crawford, a director of the Nottingham BID, said:

“We hope very much that lots of venues apply for and gain the accreditation.  It conveys a very positive message that Nottingham is a safe and vibrant place for a night out, encouraging more people to visit.”

All the venues that are successful in gaining the accreditation will receive a certificate and a window sticker that they can display to show that they are a Best Bar None accredited venue.  They also enjoy a number of benefits including increased footfall and turnover through the safe night time economy the scheme has created, stronger relationships with the police and local authorities and a reduction in the premiums for some insurance policies.

Venues have until 28 February 2018 to apply by emailing: