Safety stars ready to go for gold

Black Bull Inn’s Donald McLauchlan (left) and Kieran McLauchlan.

SCOTLAND’S safest venues are set to go head to head in the third national Best Bar None Awards next month.

Premises which have come out on top for safety standards and customer care in regional award schemes have been put forward for the Best Bar None Scotland Awards 2013.
The event, which takes place at the Sheraton Grand in Edinburgh on March 3, will see the ‘best of the best’ picked from each category (bar, pub, club, specialist entertainment venue, best public health initiative and best use of innovation).
Recent regional winners, which will join other venues from across the country in the national final, include Old Blackfriars, Soul Bar, Cheers Cafe Bar and Number 7 from Aberdeenshire; Johnny Foxes & The Den, The Gellions and G’s from Inverness; and The Twa Tams, the Old Ship Inn and the Salutation Hotel from Perth.
Dundee outlets Tickety Boo’s, The Fort Hotel, The Vu and Dundee University Students’ Association have also been shortlisted to go forward to the Best Bar None national finals, along with Pinkertons and Agenda from Fife.
In West Lothian, the Black Bull Inn in Mid Calder, the Almond Bank, Club Earth and West Lothian Golf Club have all been shortlisted for the national final, along with the Leith Beer Company and Victoria in Edinburgh, and, in the west, Cafuffals in Paisley and the Ferry Inn in Renfrew from the Renfrewshire competition.
Ashley Kellock, Scottish co-ordinator for Best Bar None, said: “It has been heartening to see how many licensees and their staff really care about customer service and safety.”

Image – Black Bull Inn’s Donald McLauchlan (left) and Kieran McLauchlan.