Go Houghton Success in Best Bar None 2019

More than 2000 took part in a public vote for their favourite licensed venues of 2019 across Houghton Regis and Dunstable to discover who had been crowned ‘Best Bar None’.

There were 14 accredited venues in the running this year, with the winners announced at an award ceremony at Dunstable’s Creasey Park Football Club on Monday evening (16 Sept).

In Houghton Regis, Go Houghton won both the points and the public vote.

While the community football club at Creasey Park emerged as overall winner,  the Old Sugar Loaf took the people’s vote in Dunstable. And the White Swan in Dunstable was runner-up both on points and in the people’s vote.

This was the fifth of the Best Bar None scheme award evening in Central Bedfordshire, part of a wider national government and drinks industry initiative 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. Local pubs, bars and clubs submit themselves to assessment procedures to meet specific standards laid down by the scheme.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, the Executive Member for Community Services, said: “This award scheme goes from strength to strength with the numbers taking part in the public vote nearly doubling this year.

“It is a great pleasure to reward the winning venues as they truly are the best of the best. The Best Bar None venues continue to drive positive change in our communities and are a guarantee of a safe, well-run social space for their customers.

“Congratulations to all of our finalists for their commitment to excellence in achieving accreditation under the scheme and who have demonstrated that public safety and customer care are their top priority.

“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.

“But the highest praise has to go to the category winners who have demonstrated the ability to go that extra mile.”

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