Go Houghton, Creasey Park Football Centre, Old Sugar Loaf and White Swan recognised in 'Best Bar None' awards for Dunstable and Houghton Regis

Creasey Park Community Football Club was points winner for Dunstable
Creasey Park Community Football Club was points winner for Dunstable

More than 2,000 took part in a public vote for their favourite licensed venues of 2019 across Dunstable and Houghton Regis to discover who had been crowned ‘Best Bar None’.

There were 14 accredited venues in the running this year, with the winners announced at an award ceremony at Dunstable’s Creasey Park Community Football Centre on Monday evening.

Go Houghton won the most points and the People's Vote for Houghton Regis

Go Houghton won the most points and the People's Vote for Houghton Regis

The community football centre emerged as overall winner with The Old Sugar Loaf taking the people’s vote. The White Swan was runner-up both on points and in the people’s vote.

In Houghton Regis, Go Houghton won both the points and the public vote.

This was the fifth of the Best Bar None scheme award evening in Central Bedfordshire, part of a wider national government and drinks industry initiative to promote responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises.

The aim is to encourage pubs, clubs and leisure venues to be safe and welcoming places for visitors. Participating local pubs, bars and clubs submit themselves to assessment procedures to meet the specific standards required by the scheme.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, portfolio holder for community services, said: “This award scheme goes from strength to strength with the numbers taking part in the public vote nearly doubling this year.

“It is a great pleasure to reward the winning venues as they truly are the best of the best. The Best Bar None venues continue to drive positive change in our communities and are a guarantee of a safe, well-run social space for their customers.

“Congratulations to all of our finalists for their commitment to excellence in achieving accreditation under the scheme and who have demonstrated that public safety and customer care are their top priority.

“Regardless of your choice, customers can have confidence when visiting any of the accredited premises bearing the Best Bar None logo. They’ll be reassured that the venues have undergone a rigorous assessment to demonstrate that they are consistently meeting high standards.

“But the highest praise has to go to the category winners who have demonstrated the ability to go that extra mile.”