Midlothian pubs toast their success

Midlothian Licensing Board chairman Councillor Bob Constable, Claire McLellan and Dan Bunn (The Blacksmiths Forge), Suzanne Liddell and Robert Craig (Crescent Sports Bar) and Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson

Midlothian Licensing Board chairman Councillor Bob Constable, Claire McLellan and Dan Bunn (The Blacksmiths Forge), Suzanne Liddell and Robert Craig (Crescent Sports Bar) and Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson

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Four local pubs have been recognised for raising the bar in overall excellence by winning Best Bar None Midlothian 2015/16 awards.

Now in its third year in the county, the Best Bar None scheme is an integral part of the Safer Areas Initiatives throughout Scotland and rewards well-managed venues.

Accreditation to the scheme shows the venue and its staff have met a level of standards that assures members of the public they will be able to enjoy a safe and welcoming atmosphere.

The winners of the 2015/16 gold awards were The Blacksmith’s Forge in Dalkeith, Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg, and Esk Valley Table Table while the Crescent Sports Bar in Penicuik received a silver award for its efforts.

Iain Jeffrey, Crime Prevention Officer for Midlothian, said: “I’d like to congratulate the award winners of 2015/16 Best Bar None Scheme and highlight their commitment to creating a safer environment for customers.

“Applications for the 2016/17 Best Bar None scheme are due to open shortly and anyone interested can register directly via the Best Bar None website.”

The Best Bar None scheme is the only licensing award to set a minimum standard of operation – promoting a safer local community by reducing alcohol related harm, disorder and crime.

Best Bar None is free and it is voluntary to apply. Premises go through an assessment process and are then judged.

For more information go to the Best Bar None website, www.bbnscotland.co.uk