Two Wetherspoon pubs in Renfrewshire have been recognised in the annual Best Bar None awards for the region.
The Lord of the Isles, in Braehead, was one of only four venues to achieve a highly coveted gold award, in the pub category for 2013–14. Martin Downey (left) and his team at The Last Post, in Paisley, gained a silver award, in the same category, one of just three pubs to do so this year. Scott Gourlay (right), pub manager at The Lord of the Isles, said: “It is an achievement of which we are all very proud.”
Best Bar None is an accreditation scheme, for licensed premises, which has been running in Scotland since 2005.The scheme aims to reward premises which provide a safe and welcoming environment for local residents to enjoy responsible drinking. In 2012, a joint initiative between Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland introduced the Best Bar None scheme to Renfrewshire. Assessment of applicants is carried out by trained, impartial assessors, with applicants scored according to national guidelines.
A panel of judges assesses the applications and confirms that all applicants have met the required standard, with a gold, silver or bronze award issued accordingly.