Testimonials

Testimonials from our Winners!

National Champion Best Bar None and Best Independent Bar

Don Lawson who owns Johnny Foxes and The Den said: “It was great to have won the prize for Best Independent Bar but to have picked up the National Champion 2014-15 Award was a complete shock and I really can’t wipe the smile from my face!“I am beyond delighted for the team at Johnny Foxes and The Den but also for Inverness. To have two winning venues from the city is a great testament to the talent here. 

“Best Bar None is a great initiative to be a part of and the awards are really taking over others in the industry as it’s so focused and structured.” 

  “Heart of the Community” National Award Winner 

Corbie Inn, Bo’ness, Owner Gail Fairholm said: “I was very happy that we got into the final five out of 500 entries and then absolutely delighted when we won. There is a great team at The Corbie Inn and the award would not have been won without them.”

National Best Hotel Bar Winner 

Susan Latto, Operations Manager at Arts Bar in The Mercure Hotel said: “We were thrilled to win this prize particularly being part of a larger chain we work very hard to ensure we’re seen as a local bar.  “It’s great to see Inverness recognised in this way particularly as we were competing with venues from all over Scotland.

“It’s a great honour for the bar’s team to have their efforts rewarded. We are proud to be a part of Best Bar None and strongly support what it does to continually raise the standards of licensed premises throughout the country.”

Winner Best Pub Winner National Awards.

The Three Sisters in Edinburgh. Tom Griffiths, Acting General Manager at The Three Sisters, said:“It’s quite an honour to have been awarded Best Pub and we’re really pleased to have picked up the prize considering the standard of everyone else in the category was so high.

“It’s great to see the team’s hard work and effort rewarded in this way. It’s the second year we have been a part of Best Bar None and I’m delighted to see our development this year. The initiative is an important part of the industry in Edinburgh as it offers the public assurance that they can rely on the standards all BBN venues provide.”

Best Public Health Initiative Winner 

Chris Conway, Manager of The Garage, said: “We are all very proud at The Garage to have won an award for Best Public Health Initiative.   We hope this award can showcase “Dry Aberdeen's” tag line of you don't need to be wasted to have a good time.”

Best use of Innovation Winner 

Ruth Chisholm, General Manager of The Institute, Aberdeen said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised for our Girls United campaign that has captured the imagination of our clubbers, police and local authorities. By taking simple steps, such as installing mobile phone chargers, distributing personal safety cards and promoting emergency telephone numbers, including university wardens and approved taxi firms, we have made a real difference in helping our female customers stay safe on a night out.  This initiative has been a team effort and we are very proud to be this year's title holders." 

 

Best Bar Winner Tam O’Hara, Licensee of the Glenmavis Tavern said:“My wife Margaret and I and all the staff were at the awards ceremony and are over the moon about the award.  We have had lots of customers coming in and telephone calls congratulating us.  Everyone works very hard so it is great to have received this recognition of our work.”

 

Best Independent Pub Winner 

Paul McDonagh, owner of Bon Accord said: “A huge thanks to all of my team for their hard work in not only getting us to the local BBN awards but for making it to the national level it’s a real pleasure to have won.

“Bon Accord has won many awards in the past for our whiskies and beers but to get one for our security and customer experience is a great achievement. “We are happy to be a part of the Best Bar None Initiative and my thanks also go to all of the sponsors involved.”

 

Best Nightclub

Gavin McGriesh, Owner at Campus Nightclub, said: “Best Bar None is a fantastic scheme which is doing a great job in raising the standards of licensed premises throughout Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.

“It’s an honour to be recognised at the awards and I’m delighted my team’s hard work and effort has been rewarded in this way. It’s a great accolade for the club but for the city as well.”

 

Best Specialist Entertainment Venue 

Gary Paterson, President of USSA said: “We are delighted to be winners of a National Best Bar None Award for the second year in a row.

“Last year it was for our public health initiatives and this year by, thanks again to the great work by our staff, continuing to work in close partnership with Police Scotland and the local authorities we have been recognised as the Best Specialist Entertainment Venue, ensuring a safe and fun environment for our diverse membership.”


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