Judges are running the rule over more than a dozen bars in Stone and across Stafford borough as part of a competition to find the best run premises in the area.
Members of the local councils and the police have been checking standards at pubs and nightclubs in Stafford and Stone town centres for the Best Bar None awards. It is the fifth time the competition has been held, and the awards have already been credited with helping improve night time safety, by contributing to a reduction in crime and disorder as well as assisting the economy.
Among the award categories are Best Bar, Best Pub, Most Improved and the Best Overall awards for Stafford and Stone. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday 11th March.
Best Bar None was devised by Stafford Borough Council, together with Staffordshire Police, the County Council and the county’s Fire and Rescue Services. Premises are marked on a range of objectives, including health and safety practices, measures adopted to protect young people from harm and licensing compliance.
Cabinet Member for Community, Councillor Jeremy Pert, said: “These awards do a great job of encouraging pubs and clubs to deliver an excellent quality of service and a safe environment for their customers to eat and drink. This helps attract more visitors and benefits the night time economy of Stafford Borough.”
For more information on the Best Bar None scheme, or further information about Pubwatch in the Stafford Borough area, contact Stafford Borough Council at email@example.com or call 01785 619309.
Two pubs in Stone have won the Best Bar None award in Stafford Borough – the Crown and Anchor in 2011 and The Swan in 2013.