Best Bar None Now Includes Leighton Linslade Venues
We'll raise a glass to that… The Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company is helping to promote this year's Best Bar None awards with a commemorative beer.
The awards scheme is running in Central Bedfordshire for a third year. The success of the inaugural awards covering Dunstable saw the scheme extended to Houghton Regis in 2015. And this year it also takes in venues across Leighton-Linslade.
In total, 22 venues have been accredited to the scheme after being visited by an independent assessor.
All of them are now in the running for two separate prizes – the overall award, approved by a panel of independent judges, and the People's Vote prize, chosen by residents.
To tie in with the People's Vote prize, you can now enjoy a special Best Bar None ale.
It's available at some of the shortlisted venues, and will also be available at the presentation evening on 29 November.
Best Bar None is a traditional bitter – and if you find it at the bar then you can vote for your favourite venue directly by scanning the QR code on the pump clip.
More than 1,250 people have already had their say – but we haven't called time yet: you've still got until Sunday, 27 November to vote.
The winners will then be announced at a ceremony two days later at the Grove Theatre, in Dunstable.
The venues include last year's overall winner, Dunstable Leisure Centre, and the People's Vote winner, Go Houghton:
Dunstable and Houghton Regis: Bird in Hand; Club Cookies; Creasey Park Community Football Club; Dunstable Leisure Centre; First & Last; Froth & Elbow; Gary Cooper; Grove Theatre; Highwayman; The Old Sugar Loaf; White Lion; Go Houghton; The Kings Arms; Old Red Lion.
Leighton-Linslade: Black Lion; The Conservative Club; The Dukes; Golden Bell; Hare Inn; Lancer; The Stag; Swan Hotel.
If you need an extra incentive to vote then there are £50 and £25 shopping vouchers to be won courtesy of the brewery, which is also sponsoring the event.
Brewer Jon d'Este-Hoare said: "I decided to sponsor Best Bar None because it's my target audience – people who go into licenced premises; and hopefully because they are accredited they are the better licensed premises in the area as well.
"As a local brewer our trade relies on good relationships with pub landlords and through them with their customers. To know that Best Bar None encourages landlords to run their businesses in a way that ensures customers get the very best service is a benefit to us all.
"The beer that's available for Best Bar None is my biggest selling beer, Cuckoo Ale. It's a really nice 3.8 per cent bitter made with English hops and English malt. Nothing too hoppy and nothing too malty – just a great beer that hopefully customers of Best Bar None will enjoy drinking."
Best Bar None is a national scheme which aims to make towns and cities great places to go out by making pubs, clubs and leisure venues even more welcoming places for visitors.
That means everything from making sure that customers and staff are safe to ensuring that tables are clear of dirty glasses and toilets are clean.
So, Best Bar None is win-win for everyone: customers get a better night out, towns and cities become more vibrant places as people want to go there and that has economic benefits for pubs and clubs there.www.centralbedfordshire.gov.