Best Bar None is back for 2020

Barnsley Council want local pubs, clubs and restaurants to show they're the Best Bar None as the popular scheme returns for 2020.

Best Bar None is a voluntary 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.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year's scheme has been launched virtually as venues prepare for reopening on Saturday 4th July following the lifting of lockdown restrictions imposed by the virus.

The process of becoming a Best Bar None accredited venue is not an easy one as each venue must meet over 80 standards, providing evidence to show they match up to each one.

Venues who have previously signed up must reapply to participate again and new entries are encouraged.

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “The Best Bar None scheme has gone to strength to strength since it was introduced in Barnsley in 2018 with the number of venues involved increasing year on year and it would be fantastic to see that trend continue.

“I would encourage any pub, club or restaurant owner who has not signed up in the past to do so and I hope those who have participated before will do so again.

“We appreciate the problems the coronavirus pandemic has posed to the hospitality industry over the past few months and will work with as many venues as possible in the coming weeks using the Best Bar None scheme to make sure venues are equipped to manage with the guidelines in place for when they reopen.

“Anyone who attends a pub, club, bar or restaurant from the reopening day of Saturday 4th July should still follow social distancing guidance at all times in order to keep themselves, other members of the public and the staff safe.”

To date, there are 23 accredited venues in the town centre who have signed up to Best Bar None and demonstrated good practices which keep staff and revellers safe in the night-time economy. A full list of accredited venues can be found at

For further information or to sign up, please contact the scheme coordinator by emailing

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