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 safer and more welcoming places for visitors.
Representatives from the venues were joined at the presentation evening on Nov 30th. Local businesses and individuals donated prizes to a raffle which raised £360 for the Street Pastors, a charity which sees volunteers from local churches head out in our towns from 10pm to 4am on Saturdays to help those in need on the street.
Raffle prizes worth a total of £700 were donated by local companies.
Best Bar None Overall Winner – Dunstable/Houghton Regis: Dunstable Leisure Centre;
Runners-up: Club Cookies and Creasey Park Community Football Centre
Best Bar None Overall Winner – Leighton-Linslade: The Lancer;
Runners-up: The Dukes and The Swan
2,500 people voted for their favourite venues in the People’s Vote.
People’s Vote Winner – Dunstable/Houghton Regis: Club Cookies;
Runners-up: Go Houghton and Dunstable Leisure Centre
People’s Vote Winner – Leighton-Linslade: The Black Lion; Runners-up: The Dukes and The Golden Bell
In total, 22 venues received accreditation being visited by an independent assessor. The full list was:
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.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, praised the success of this year’s scheme, the third time Best Bar None has run in Central Bedfordshire, saying, "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, clubs and leisure venues there."