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2 October 2018

Judging to find this year’s Woking Best Bar None begins

With just over two weeks until the Woking Best Bar None Awards, judging this year’s Gold accredited premises has begun to find the Borough’s best local bars, pubs and restaurants.

Since May, local bars, pubs and restaurants have registered with Woking’s Best Bar None scheme, sponsored by locally based drinks firm, Asahi UK Ltd. The scheme aims to promote and encourage the responsible management and operation of licensed premised across the Borough.

As a nationally accredited scheme, Best Bar None seeks to recognise and reward licensed premises that provide a safe, responsible environment in which everyone can enjoy an evening out.

Premises that have registered have been visited by qualified Best Bar None assessment officers to evaluate how well they meet current licensing and trading regulations. Points were awarded for steps taken to prevent crime and disorder; plans for ensuring public safety; dealing with public nuisance issues such as noise, litter and waste; and demonstrating steps to protect children from harm, such as having robust proof of age policy in place.

Those that met the Best Bar None criteria were awarded either Gold, Silver or Bronze accreditation and given a sticker to display in their premises window. Premises that received Gold accreditation will now be judged to find this year’s Best Bar None winning premises. They are:

  • Cellar Magneval, Woking Town Centre
  • Las Iguanas, Woking Town Centre
  • Slug and Lettuce, Woking Town Centre
  • New Haweli, West Byfleet
  • The Cricketers, Horsell
  • The Garibaldi, Knaphill
  • The Inn at Maybury, Maybury
  • The Nags Head Inn, Knaphill
  • The Ogilvy, Woking Town Centre
  • The Sovereigns, Woking Town Centre
  • The Yeoman Harvester, West Byfleet

Cllr Debbie Harlow, Chair of Woking Borough Council’s Licensing Committee, said: “We’re delighted that so many licensed premises across the Borough have received Gold accreditation and are now shortlisted for one of the seven Best Bar None categories. The judging process will now commence and I wish each licensed premises every success.”

In further news, voting in the Woking News and Mail People’s Choice Award has now closed with the winner set to be announced at the glittering awards evening on Tuesday 16 October 2018, along with the winners of the following categories:

  • Overall Best Bar None Award
  • Best Town Centre Pub
  • Best Local Pub
  • Best Bar
  • Best Dining Experience
  • Asahi Social Responsibility Award.

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.


5 September 2018

It’s a gold for Woking’s first 2018 Best Bar None!

The bar was raised last week when The Slug & Lettuce in Woking Town Centre became the first licenced premises, on this year’s Best Bar None scheme, to receive gold accreditation.

Spencer Varley, the premises manager, and his team, met all the essential and desirable criteria that achieves a gold level accreditation.

(From left: Sergeant KirkPatrick of Surrey Police, Cllr Debbie Harlow – Chair of Licensing Committee at Woking Borough Council, Spencer Varley Manager of Woking Slug and Lettuce, Lucy Chester Woking Street Angels and Mick McDonnell Best Bar None UK.)



18 June 2018 news

The judging phase of the premises that make the shortlist for the awards will commence on, 24 September 2018 and will last for two weeks.

The awards night will be on Tuesday 16 October 2018 from 6pm at the WWF headquarters – The Living Planet Centre, Rufford House, Brewery Rd, Woking GU21 4LL

8 May 2018 news

The Best Bar None accreditation scheme was launched in Woking on Tuesday 8 May 2018 at Asahi UK Ltd’s head office in Woking Town Centre. The event was well attended by all the local partner organisations and some keen publicans eager to get started.

Woking Best Bar None is open for premnises to apply to scheme and start their accreditation process. The scheme has a team of assessors available to help premises through the various stages.

(From left: Cllr Debbie Harlow Chair of Licensing Committee at Woking Borough Council, Jade Buckland Best Bar None UK, Tom Harding Corporate Affairs Manager at Asahi UK, Cllr Graham Cundy Mayor of Woking, Emmie Harris Temporary Inspector at Surrey Police, Camilla Edmiston Community Safety Officer at Woking Borough Council, Carol Miller from Woking News & Mail.)


The exciting new Woking Best Bar None phone app will be launched at the start of July in time for the Woking Best Bar None public vote.