Six Wetherspoon pubs in the Durham and Darlington area have been recognised in their respective Best Bar None awards 2011.
In Darlington, The William Stead (pictured) in Crown Street was voted ‘best bar’ winner, one of four categories assessed by a team of qualified assessors and judged by an independent panel of judges.
Meanwhile, The Tanners Hall in Skinnergate picked up the title of ‘best facilities’ winner, for the second year in succession, one of four awards voted for in an online poll, by the public attending the venues.
The initiative in partnership between the venues, Darlington Council, Darlington Police and Darlington Fire Service is now in its second year.
John Gillgallon, pub manager at The William Stead said: “The awards have proved to be a success over the past two years and we are delighted to have picked up the ‘best bar’ title this time.”
The Best Bar None awards in County Durham cover four areas, Durham City, Consett, Chester-le-Street and Bishop Auckland.
In Durham City, The Water House in North Road was voted winner in the ‘best pub’ category, while The Bishops’ Mill in Walkergate finished runner-up in the ‘best bar’ category.
The Company Row in Victoria Road, Consett also achieved runner-up spot in the ‘best bar’ awards for the area.
And in Bishop Auckland, where the scheme has only been running for one year, The Stanley Jefferson in Market Place gained an accreditation.
Deputy Chief Constable Mike Barton, of Durham Constabulary, said: “When you hear such downbeat stories nationally about the viability of the pub trade, it is fantastic to see how successful publicans and licensed premises are in County Durham. I’d be pleased to take my family to any of these premises for a night out.”