A dozen pubs in Birmingham celebrated success at the city’s second annual Best Bar None awards.
All 12 Wetherspoon pubs which were entered in the city council’s scheme, launched last year, were awarded accreditations at a special celebration evening at the ICC.
In addition, The Dragon Inn was voted the best pub 2009 in the city-centre category, while The Elizabeth of York, Moseley, was voted ‘highly commended’ runner-up, in the best suburban pub class.
Jay McIlwain, pub manager at The Dragon Inn, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the best pub accolade, ahead of numerous other city-centre outlets.
“The award highlights our commitment to high standards of customer service and is a fitting reward for all of our staff members’ hard work.”
The other 10 outlets receiving accreditations were The Assembly Rooms, The Bottle of Sack, The Briar Rose, The Figure of Eight, The Hornet, The Imperial, The Pear Tree, The Soloman Cutler, The Spread Eagle, The Square Peg, The White Swan and Wetherspoons.
Jacqui Kennedy, the council’s director of regulatory services, said: “Each shortlisted venue was visited to assess its merits, before the winners were selected for meeting a wide range of factors, including the quality of their food and drink, service levels, staff training, security and ambience.
“When we launched the scheme, in 2008, we were determined to make it a showcase for the best which Birmingham can offer to not only its residents, but also visitors to the city.
“Best Bar None is helping us, the police and everyone who cares about the city – to drive standards even higher.”
Wetherspoon’s area manager, Heath Curley, said: “This is a very high-profile scheme, run by the local authorities, with many pubs and companies participating.
“Each pub had to be assessed during a three-hour visit, with all of our operating procedures, standards and training being scrutinised.
“We are delighted that all 12 Wetherspoon pubs entered achieved accreditation; it is a great achievement.”