THE Town Bar & Restaurant in Dundee was crowned the Best Cellar, North Region, at the 2011 Innserve Best Cellar Awards, which recognise exceptional cellar and business practices and what Innserve says is the unseen work, skill and commitment that goes into serving great beer.
The venue, run by Ian Clunie, is housed in a classic and stylishly-renovated listed building in the city centre, previously Lord Provost Sir Garnett Wilson’s official wartime residence and a main Royal Bank of Scotland branch.
Today, the business prides itself on maintaining its cellar to the highest standards to ensure the beer it serves is in the best possible condition.
The aim of the annual competition is to highlight and reward best practice in drinks dispense to demonstrate that high standards of cellar management can contribute to a successful business.
“Although cellars are hidden away from most customers, the best licensees take great pride in their cellar management because they realise the rewards this can deliver,” explained Steve Lakin, business support manager at Innserve. “This can involve a great deal of work but pays dividends by keeping products in good condition, reducing wastage, improving stock control and making the movement and handling of stock easier.
“The Town Bar & Restaurant’s cellar management was outstanding.
“Not only did Ian Clunie maintain an excellent line cleaning regime, with stock well organised, but the cellar environment was a safe place for all members of staff to work in.”
In addition to assessing its cellar management, The Town Bar & Restaurant was judged on its above and below the bar equipment and staff.
“Again, the venue showed high standards for glass cleaning and serve presentation,” added Lakin.
“The staff, too, were enthusiastic, highly trained and clearly passionate about the drinks they serve. It is clear that everyone understands the value of great quality and service to the business.
This year Innserve is putting six prizes up for grabs: three nationwide prizes of £1000 for best cellar and three of £1000 for best newcomer.
Cellars will be judged on a range of criteria, including cellar management, line cleaning, glassware and staff training. The closing date for entries is May 5, 2012.
For more information visit www.innserveltd.co.uk/competition.