A STAFFORD club has cleaned up in an annual contest to decide Stafford Borough’s best-run drinking establishment.
Stafford’s Swan Hotel won the best bar category, while Casa took the best on door and best club prizes and the Swan Inn took the honours for best pub.
The awards, launched in 2010, aim to raise standards in Stone and Stafford’s watering holes and reduce alcohol-related crime.
Outlets were assessed by a multi-agency team of officers from the county and borough councils and Staffordshire Police.
They were scored on four licensing objectives relating to increasing public safety and preventing public nuisance, crime and disorder and harm to children.
A recent awards evening at Weston Hall saw the announcement of the winners.
The Swan Hotel, run by the Lewis Partnership, achieved a score of more than 90 per cent, giving it gold accreditation, while its sister establishment, the Bear Grill, received silver accreditation.
Managing partner Chris Lewis said: “Best Bar None has succeeded in high- lighting the professionalism required in the licensed trade and we are extremely pleased that by receiving these awards our internal practices have been endorsed.”
The Best Bar None awards were estab- lished in Manchester in 2003 and were found to improve standards in bars and clubs across the city.
Premises now compete in more than 100 towns and cities in the UK and it has been rolled out abroad.
Inspector Rob Pilling, Neighbourhood Inspector for Stafford police, said: “We work extremely closely with local licensees and their response to the Best Bar None scheme has been very positive.
“It enables them to be recognised for the standards already in place whilst also helping improve their premises and raising their profile in the community.”
Councillor Patrick Farrington, portfolio holder for community at Stafford Bor- ough Council, said: “We have been very pleased that so many responsible licensees have taken part in this competi- tion.
“Well-run premises such as these are especially important for our local night time economy.”