Club Cookies Overall Winner in Dunstable & Houghton Regis Best Bar None

The wait was finally over this week, with licensed venues across Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton-Linslade discovering who had been crowned ‘Best Bar None’.

There were 18 accredited venues in the running this year, with the winners announced at a ceremony at Astral Park in Leighton Buzzard on Monday evening (4 June).

The Golden Bell and Club Cookies were not only overall ‘points’ winners for their areas, but also won the People’s Vote. Globe Inn and Creasey Park FC were runners-up on points, with the Black Lion and The White Swan runners-up for the People’s Vote.

This was the fourth running of the Best Bar None scheme in Central Bedfordshire. These local awards form part of a wider national initiative that is supported by the government and the drinks industry to promote responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises. The aim is to encourage pubs, clubs and leisure venues to be safe and welcoming places for visitors. Participating local pubs, bars and clubs submit themselves to assessment procedures to meet the specific standards required by the Best Bar None scheme.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, praised the success of this year’s scheme, saying: “It is a great honour to reward all of our finalists and winning venues. I really believe that the Best Bar None venues are driving positive change in our communities, creating safer social spaces for their customers.

“It is impressive to see the wide variety of venues represented at this year’s awards. Congratulations to all of our finalists for their commitment to excellence, but especially to our winners who have demonstrated that public safety and customer care are their top priority.

“Over 1,100 members of the public took the time to vote for their favourite venue in this year’s competition. Regardless of your choice, customers can have confidence when visiting any of the accredited premises bearing the Best Bar None logo. They’ll be reassured that the venues have undergone a rigorous assessment to demonstrate that they are consistently meeting high standards.

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The full list of the 18 award winners and runners-up are:

Leighton-Linslade Overall Winner – The Golden Bell

Leighton-Linslade Runner-Up – Globe Inn (here pictured with The Golden Bell team)

Dunstable & Houghton Regis Overall Winner – Club Cookies

Dunstable & Houghton Regis Runner-Up – Creasey Park Football Club

Leighton-Linslade People’s Vote – The Golden Bell

Leighton-Linslade People’s Vote Runner-Up – The Black Lion

Dunstable & Houghton Regis People’s Vote – Club Cookies

Dunstable & Houghton Regis People’s Vote Runner-Up – The White Swan

Local dignitaries at the event

In addition to the category winners, the following premises all received accreditations after being visited by an independent assessor:

Dunstable and Houghton Regis: Club Cookies; Creasey Park Community FC; Gary Cooper; Grove Theatre; The Old Sugar Loaf; White Lion; The White Swan and The Kings Arms.

Leighton-Linslade: Black Lion; The Top Bell; Globe Inn; Golden Bell; Hare Inn; Lancer; The Picture House; The Stag; Swan Hotel and The Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club.

Photographs supplied by Central Bedfordshire Council