Barnsley wants pubs, clubs and restaurants to be Best Bar None

Pubs, clubs and restaurants in Barnsley will be able to find out about the benefits of being part of Barnsley’s Best Bar None scheme at a launch event at Legends Bar, Wellington Street on Tuesday, 14 November, 6pm to 8pm. 

Best Bar None is an Accreditation Scheme supported by the Home Office which is aimed primarily at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises. 

It was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and was found to improve standards in the Evening and Night Time Economy, with premises now competing to participate. It has since been adopted by 75 town and cities across the UK and is now being taken up internationally. 

The Best Bar None national manager, Mick McDonnell and colleagues from Greater Manchester Police will be on hand to talk about the benefits of the scheme, which include reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder and building a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities and the private sector. 

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “We are looking for a partnership approach to resolving alcohol issues in the town centre. 

“Operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of individual businesses as well as the attractiveness of the town centre. It helps to promote Barnsley as a safe and vibrant place to go at night.” 

Venues will be asked to sign up at the event. It will be an annual award so venues will have to reapply every year – this ensures that standards continue to be met.

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