Seven Wetherspoon pubs in Manchester City Centre have achieved recognition in the city’s Best Bar None awards 2009.
They were all accredited in the annual scheme, which is organised by Greater Manchester Police’s City Safe unit and recognises a required standard of safety.
The pubs receiving the accolade were: The Great Central, The Ford Madox Brown, The Moon Under Water, The Seven Stars, The Waterhouse, The Paramount and The Manchester & County.
All seven outlets, which are managed or jointly managed by female pub managers, were presented with their award at a special award ceremony. The event was attended by representatives from the police, Manchester City Council, NHS Manchester, licensees, the drinks industry and sponsors.
Wetherspoon’s area manager for Manchester, Will Fotheringham (pictured centre), said: “It is quite something to have all seven city-centre pubs achieve an award in the same year. Everyone involved is absolutely delighted.”
The best bar none scheme, which originated in Manchester, is now in operation in more than 80 locations across the UK. The initiative aims to reward safe licensed venues that provide good management, a safe and enjoyable environment for customers, discourage binge-drinking and prevent alcohol-related crime.
Inspector Ron Orr said: “The entries this year have been of an extremely high standard, with licensees raising the bar even further to ensure that they provide safe and enjoyable nights out for people visiting their venues. “Local venues can be delighted with the fact that they are helping to contribute to Manchester’s reputation as one of the safest cities in the UK.”