Nine Wetherspoon pubs across Glasgow city centre have been recognised in the city’s annual Best Bar None awards.
Pub manager Stewart Dumbreck and his team at The Society Room won the ‘best overall pub venue in Glasgow’, as well as picking up a gold award and being shortlisted for a national award. Also achieving gold was Sir John Stirling Maxwell.
Four pubs were awarded a silver accreditation. They were Camperdown Place, The Counting House, The Crystal Palace and The Hengler’s Circus.
A bronze award was achieved by The Esquire House and The Sir John Moore, with The Edward Wylie gaining accreditation.
Kai Monk, Wetherspoon’s senior area manager for Edinburgh and Glasgow, said: “This is a great achievement for the team and fantastic to be recognised for how we have worked so closely with the Strathclyde Police in the past few years.”
A total of 84 pubs and clubs across Glasgow participated in the annual Best Bar None award scheme for 2012, aimed at recognising their commitment to creating a safer environment for residents and visitors to the city.
The initiative was developed in December 2005 to target alcohol-fuelled violence, disorder and antisocial behaviour, by working closely with the licensed trade to generate high standards and professionalism, in terms of the responsible sale of alcohol.
Best Bar None delivers an annual process aimed at recognising licensed venues which work towards creating a safer environment for their staff and customers, by adopting processes and procedures which are recognised nationally as being best practice.
The scheme is steered through a partnership involving Glasgow City Centre Alcohol Action Group, Glasgow Community and Safety Services, Strathclyde Police, Scottish Late Night Operators Association and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.
Phil Walker, managing director of Glasgow Community and Safety Services, said: “We are pleased to see so many licensees participating in the Best Bar None awards, demonstrating their commitment to crime prevention and community safety.
“Glasgow Community and Safety Services fully supports and encourages licensees to participate in this scheme, and I believe that, by working together to raise standards across the industry, together, we can make Glasgow an even safer place to be.”
Meanwhile, in nearby Renfrewshire, The Last Post pub in Paisley and The Lord of the Isles pub in Braehead both picked up a silver award.