All five Wetherspoon pubs in Boscombe and Bournemouth have been recognised in the Best Bar None awards for the area.
Almost 200 guests attended a presentation evening, for the fifth annual Bournemouth Best Bar None awards 2012.
In Bournemouth, The Mary Shelley received an award as ‘accredited venue at the pass level’, while The Christopher Creeke, The Moon in the Square and The Parkstone and Heatherlands all received awards as ‘accredited venue with merit’.
Sir Percy Florence Shelley, in Boscombe, was awarded ‘accredited venue with distinction’, as well as the accolade as category runner-up.
The awards, part of the national accreditation scheme for licensed premises, benchmark the performance of clubs and bars against set criteria which focus on the four principles of the Licensing Act 2003: reduction of crime and disorder; public safety; reduction of public nuisance; protection of children from harm.
Bournemouth’s night time economy co-ordinator, Jon Shipp, said: “We have been very pleased with the increased level of applications this year. There has been a significant improvement in the scoring levels and the overall standard.
“The scheme continues to be an excellent audit of licensed premises across the conurbation.”
Councillor David Smith, cabinet member for the night time economy, added: “We recognise that the trade takes a thorough approach to ensuring that standards are maintained across the night time economy.”
Pictured (left to right): The Parkstone and Heatherlands pub manager Rob Stephens, The Mary Shelley pub manager Vicky Head, Sir Percy Florence Shelley pub manager Duncan James, The Moon in the Square pub manager Terri Balloni and bar associate Kerry-Ann Stratton from The Christopher Creeke.