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Guildford Is the ‘Best Bar None Town 2024’

Published on: 28 Feb, 2024
Updated on: 28 Feb, 2024

From left to right: Jonathan Brenton – Pernod Ricard; Neil Baker and Shelagh Holland from the Guildford Jubilee Social Club; Emma White – Town Safety and Venue Liaison officer and Pete Lambert from Experience Guildford and; Lord Smith of Hindhead and chairman of Best Bar None.

Guildford has beaten 68 other UK towns, to be crowned winners of the Best Bar None, Scheme 2024. The award was presented at a reception in the Houses of Parliament and accepted by Pete Lambert, Town Safety and Venue Liaison manager for Experience Guildford and Guildford Best Bar None scheme co-ordinator.

He said: “A huge thanks and congratulations go to all our Guildford participating venues who grow in number and confidence every year taking the Best Bar None assessment.

“It is your work and dedication over the last 10 years to prove the very best working practice that helps to make Guildford a safe, vibrant town to come to.”

Pete Lambert with Angela Richardson

Pete was accompanied by Guildford’s overall winners The Guildford Jubilee Club, Emma White of Experience Guildford and Guildford MP Angela Richardson.

Best Bar None is a Home Office-recognised national accreditation scheme that celebrates the good working practices of licensed venues.

It tests to prove that hospitality venues are operationally compliant by assessment of their policies, procedures, training, risk assessments, safety and welfare of staff and customers and helps customers to identify well-run pubs, bars, clubs and other businesses that serve alcohol.

Supported by the Home Office, the drinks and hospitality industries, the accreditation assesses against four themes:

  • Venue management: assesses security measures and steps taken to reduce noise, litter and other effects the business may have
  • Staff training and care: considers how staff are supported by the business to perform their role, develop and grow, and to protect their wellbeing
  • Customer safety and welfare: reviews how well the venue takes care of its customers including preventing alcohol being sold to those under 18
  • Customer service and community: recognises that businesses work hard to provide a warm welcome to their customers and the communities they are part of

Accreditation lasts for a year, and the assessment is regularly updated to ensure current priorities such as the safety of women and girls are included.



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  1. S Collins Reply

    February 29, 2024 at 11:06 am


    And lets keep it a town rather than becoming a city just because the university wants it.

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