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Date: 11th November 2019

It’s time to raise your glass to your favourite bar, restaurant or pub as the Woking News and Mail People’s Choice Award, part of the Woking Best Bar None scheme, opens.

Over 20 restaurants, bars and pubs across the borough have registered for this year’s Woking Best Bar None scheme and people can now vote for their favourite online at here.

Premises are in the process of being assessed and those meeting the Best Bar None criteria will be accredited as Gold, Silver or Bronze. As well as the People’s Choice Award, venues that receive Gold accreditation will have the opportunity to win one of six other awards, chosen by an independent panel of expert judges. Awards will be presented at the glittering Woking Best Bar None Awards evening for each of the following categories:

  • Overall Best Bar None
  • Woking News & Mail’s Peoples’ Choice
  • Best Town Centre Pub
  • Best Local Pub
  • Best Bar
  • Best Dining Experience
  • Asahi UK Social Responsibility Award.

Cllr Kevin Davis, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said, said: “Woking Best Bar None is a fantastic way to promote and encourage the responsible management and operation of licensed premises across the borough. The scheme recognises and celebrates premises who make a difference to our community and helps make Woking a safe and social place to enjoy an evening out.

“It’s now over to the public to cast their vote for their favourite restaurant, bar or pub to see who is recognised as the most popular venue in Woking.”

Woking Best Bar None is sponsored by Asahi UK Ltd, and supported by the Woking News & Mail, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey.

As part of the accreditation assessment points are awarded for steps taken to prevent crime and disorder, plans for ensuring public safety, dealing with public nuisance, demonstrating steps to protect children from harm, social responsibility and staff training.

Voting closes on Wednesday 1 January 2020.

Date: 4th October 2019

It’s Gold for The Garibaldi in Knaphill and The Cricketers in Horsell as Cllr Kevin Davis, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, presented the first two Gold accreditations in the search for Woking’s Best Bar None 2019.

Woking Best Bar None 2019 - gold accreditation - Cllr Kevin Davis - Maddie Moise - Martin Durrad

(L- R) Cllr Kevin Davis, Woking Borough Council – Maddie Moise, The Cricketers – Martin Durrad, The Garibaldi

Both venues met the criteria for Gold accreditation. The on-the-spot assessment, carried out by Best Bar None assessors, showed high standards in:

  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • Prevention of public nuisance
  • Child protection
  • Social responsibility
  • Staff training.

All licensed premises that receive Gold accreditation have the chance to become ‘best in category’ at the glittering Woking Best Bar None Awards evening. In addition, members of the public have the opportunity to vote for their favourite venue via the Woking News and Mail People’s Choice Award which will be launching soon.

The seven award categories are:

  • Overall Best Bar None
  • Woking News & Mail’s Peoples’ Choice
  • Best Town Centre Pub
  • Best Local Pub
  • Best Bar
  • Best Dining Experience
  • Asahi UK Social Responsibility Award.

Cllr Kevin Davis, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “I am delighted to present the first two Gold accreditations for the 2019 scheme to The Garibaldi and The Cricketers. The Woking Best Bar None scheme helps to create a vibrant, thriving and safe environment for both customers and venues, and recognises the important contribution that venues across the borough make to Woking’s vibrant leisure and night-time economy.”

Ben Jenkins, UK Head of Corporate Communications at Asahi UK Ltd (Best Bar None 2019’s lead sponsor) said: “The Best Bar None scheme aims to promote the responsible management and operation of licensed premises, and strengthen partnerships in the community. I would like to congratulate the first two Gold accredited venues and look forward to seeing further accreditations and celebrating the winners.”

Martin Durrad, Landlord at The Garibaldi (Overall Best Bar None Award winner for 2018) said: “Being accredited Gold as part of Best Bar None is invaluable to us as a business and since being accredited and winning the overall award last year we have seen trade increase as a result. The Best Bar None team were incredibly helpful in all aspects of the scheme and accreditation, and we were delighted to receive Gold again this year.”

Maddie Moise, Assistant Manager at The Cricketers (Best Dining Experience winner for 2018) said: “The Best Bar None scheme is brilliant. We are delighted to have received Gold accreditation. We’re always working hard at The Cricketers to ensure our customers have the best possible experience with us and the Best Bar None scheme gives customers reassurance and confidence that the venues they are visiting are responsibly managed and endorsed.”

Date: 22nd May 2019

The search is on to find the borough’s best licensed premises, as Woking Best Bar None accreditation and awards scheme was launched at lead sponsor, Asahi UK’s, Woking head office (Tuesday 21 May).

Woking Best Bar None Launch

Mick McDonnell (Best Bar None UK), Tom Harding (Asahi UK) and Cllr Kevin Davis (Woking Borough Council) at the Woking Best Bar None 2019 Launch (21 May 2019)

Pubs, bars and restaurants from across the borough are encouraged to apply to the accreditation scheme and work towards being recognised as Woking’s best.

Best Bar None is a national accreditation and awards scheme supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry. The scheme aims to promote the responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises that support Woking’s vibrant and diverse night-time economy, whilst strengthening partnership working between licensed premises and public bodies.

To become Woking Best Bar None accredited, licensed premises must first apply through an assessment process to determine whether they meet an agreed set of operational standards. Once assessed, they will become either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Woking Best Bar None accredited venue.

All licensed premises that receive Gold accreditation have the chance to become ‘best in category’ at the glittering Woking Best Bar None Awards evening, chosen by an independent panel of judges. In addition, members of the public have the opportunity vote for their favourite venue via the Woking News and Mail People’s Choice Award. 

The seven award categories are:

  • Overall Best Bar None
  • Woking News & Mail’s Peoples’ Choice
  • Best Town Centre Pub
  • Best Local
  • Best Bar
  • Best Dining Experience
  • Asahi UK Social Responsibility Award

Cllr Kevin Davis, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “Woking Best Bar None is a fantastic initiative that’s aimed at improving standards in licensed venues across the Borough to help create a vibrant, thriving and safe environment for both customers and venues.

“Following the success of last year’s scheme, where 11 licensed premises achieved gold accreditation, I would encourage all local pubs, bars and restaurants to apply for Woking Best Bar None.

“Achieving accreditation, either Gold, Silver or Bronze, demonstrates the seriousness and commitment with which you operate your business – it’s a superb way to build your reputation both publicly and within the trade.”

Licensed premises can sign up to Woking Best Bar None now.

Date: 25th April 2019

Gold plaques gleamed in celebration of Woking’s top venues at the Best Bar None Awards, held at the WWF Living Planet Centre on Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Sponsored by Asahi UK Ltd and supported by the Woking News & Mail, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, Best Bar None recognises premises in Woking that are great places for all residents of the Borough to enjoy an evening out.

Woking Best Bar None Winners

Winners of 2018 Woking Best Bar None Awards. From left to right; The Red Lion, The Cricketers, The Sovereigns, The Mayor of Woking Cllr Will Forster, Cellar Magneval, The Garibaldi and David Munro, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner

Best Bar None winner’s list 2018

All of the 17 participating bars, pubs and restaurants were assessed by qualified Best Bar None assessors to judge how well they met licensing, safety and responsible retailing criteria. Points were awarded for steps taken to prevent crime and disorder; plans for ensuring public safety; dealing with public nuisance like noise, litter and waste; and demonstrating steps to protect children from harm, such as having a robust proof of age policy in place.

All venues that met the Woking Best Bar None criteria were then permitted to display a gold, silver or bronze sticker in their premises window. An independent panel of judges then chose the cream of the crop to be awarded the prestigious title of Best in Category.

Patrons were also given the opportunity to show their appreciation to their favourite establishment by voting for them in the Woking News & Mail People’s Choice Award. Voters were entered into a free prize draw to win a weekend away for two in a luxury hotel in Dartmoor National Park or a runner up prize of £100 of vouchers to spend in any two Best Bar None award winning pubs of their choice.

Attending the awards ceremony were Cllr Debbie Harlow, Chair of Woking Borough Council’s Licensing Committee, Mayor of Woking, Cllr Will Forster, Cllr Kevin Davis, Mike Randels, Finance Director of Asahi UK, Dr David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and Catherine Richardson, President of Woking Chamber of Commerce. The evening was hosted by Mick McDonnell, National co-ordinator for Best Bar None.

Congratulating the winners, Cllr Debbie Harlow, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: “Thank you to every licensed premises across the Borough that took part in these awards and my warmest congratulations to the winners.

“The awards are more significant than simply identifying the best establishments to visit, they acknowledge the huge contribution that these bars, pubs and eateries make to the leisure and night time economy of the Borough.

“Whether a winning establishment or not, simply by participating in the scheme, our licensees and their teams are helping to ensure that the Borough remains a safe, responsible place to live, work and play.”

For further information about Woking Best Bar None,please contact Woking Best Bar None’s team on 01483 743487 or email businessliaison@woking.gov.uk