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Staff at a Nottingham city centre pub said they were 'over the moon' after it was crowned the best in the city at an industry awards ceremony.
The New Foresters pub, in St Ann’s Street, which is described as a LGBTQ-friendly bar, also scooped the best pub and best independent bar honours at the Best Bar None Awards held on Tuesday (September 13) Pryzm nightclub in the city.
It was praised for its preventative measures against crime, disorder and public safety as well as its assistance of vulnerable customers.
Assistant manager of the New Foresters, Jade Amay, said: “We are over the moon. We really didn’t expect to win one award, let alone three.
“It’s amazing and we’re really proud of ourselves.”
The Best Bar None awards have been run by Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) since 2010 and aims to promote responsible and effective management pubs and bars in the city.
Other winners include Grosvenor Casino, in Maid Marian Way, which took home the best bar award and the Boilermaker in Carlton Street was awarded the accolade of best cocktail bar.
The best club in the city was named as Rock City in Talbot Street.
General manager of Rock City, Mark Smith, said: “We’re extremely pleased to win this award. It’s a great achievement and we’re proud to be Nottingham’s number one nightclub. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into making our venue a safe place as well as a great night out for everyone.”
The club was praised for its emphasis on the safety of patrons by having an on-site paramedic and large numbers of trained first aid staff.
This year, 69 licensed premises gained Best Bar None accreditation and 54 of them achieved the top rank of gold status – six more than last year. The highest scoring venues were then independently judged by industry experts and winners were then chosen in six categories, as well as an overall winner.
Andrew Crawford, a director of the BID, said: “Big congratulations to New Foresters for not only being crowned overall winner but scooping two other category awards too. This is a huge achievement and just shows what a safe and secure venue it is in Nottingham city centre.
“This year’s scheme and awards has been a great success with a high amount of accreditations and gold rankings. This highlights how Nottingham is a safe place to visit and that the scheme is helping to make the city even safer by improving standards of operation.”