Local premises bid to be Best Bar None

THE Angus licensed trade is set to learn which premises throughout the county are best run, in the run up to the annual Best Bar None Angus awards ceremony in November.

The list of accredited premises, eligible for the coveted awards, has been announced and includes pubs, bars and night clubs from across Angus.

Announcing the accredited premises 2011 for each category, Robert Peat, chair of the Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership said:

“It is encouraging to again see a range of licensed premises in Best Bar None Angus this year.

“We have a number of new and returning premises which are keen to gain the accreditation and accolade of being a Best Bar None Angus establishment.

“I congratulate everyone who has made it to this stage and are assured of securing an award.

“The race is now on to be the best bar or pub and indeed, the ‘best of the best’ licensed establishment in Angus.

“This year we have a new category, The Listeners Vote and I would like to encourage members of the public to visit Wave 102 to vote for their favourite place to socialise within their community.

“I look forward to seeing and congratulating all the premises at the Angus Best Bar None Awards Ceremony on November 24 at Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa.”

The accredited premises are as follows:-

Bar Category: Aboukir Hotel, Carnoustie; Burns Bar, Arbroath; Forbes of Kingennie, Kingennie; George Hotel, Montrose; Number 10, Forfar; Sharkys International Bar, Montrose; The Corn Exchange, Arbroath and West Port Bar, Arbroath.

Pub Category: 19th Hole, Carnoustie; Craws Nest, Carnoustie; Hudsons Bar, Brechin; Kinloch Arms Hotel, Carnoustie; Queens Street Tavern, Forfar; South Esk Inn, Montrose; Stags Head Inn, Carnoustie; The Commercial Hotel, Newtyle.

Night Club Category: Coast, Arbroath.

Best Newcomer: Number 10, Forfar; Westport Bar, Arbroath.

Community Engagement: Sharkys International Bar, Montrose; Craws Nest, Carnoustie; Hudsons Bar, Montrose; South Esk Inn, Montrose; Commercial Hotel, Newtyle; the Kinloch Arms Hotel, Carnoustie.

Disability Awareness Category: The Aboukir, Carnoustie; the 19th Hole, Carnoustie; Forbes of Kingennie, Kingennie; The Corn Exchange, Arbroath.

The overall category winner will be selected from this list.

Eileen McArthur of Focus on Alcohol Angus said: “I am particularly pleased that we have introduced two further new categories – The Best Newcomer and Community Engagement awards – this year in addition to the Listeners Vote.

“We have been able to introduce these due to the standard and the profile of the establishments entering for the awards.

“In addition, we have a further category for off-sales that is being supported by the Scottish Business Crime Centre.

“The Safer Retailer Award: Alcohol Category will also be awarded for the first time. We have encouraged small retailers to step forward to be acknowledged for their best practice in relation to the off sales of alcohol.”

Chief Superintendant Kevin Lynch of Tayside Police said: “Best Bar None continues to be an excellent example of business people actively creating safer communities around Angus through the promotion of good practice within licensed premises.

“I am keen to see that people living in and visiting Angus enjoy themselves in a safe and trouble free environment and Accredited Best Bar None premises collectively have shown their commitment to this ethos.”