Four licensed premises in the Gazette area have been accredited as being ‘Best Bar None’ in a scheme to recognise and reward well-run establishments.
The Best Bar None initiative is led by police with other partners providing valuable support including the fire service,trading standards, the licensed trade and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre.
The annual scheme is now in its eighth year and covers eligible premises in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Cupar, Leven, St Andrews, Anstruther and Inverkeithing.
Local winners this year were the Golden Acorn, Foxtons, Styx and the Laurelbank in Markinch.
Those who have shown high standards in promoting safety and responsible drinking were presented with awards at the Kingdom’s police headquarters in Glenrothes by Councillor Bob Young, the chairman of Fife Licensing Board.
An assessment is carried out at premises looking at issues such as public safety, drug and search policy, irresponsible drinks promotions, crime prevention measures, and staff training. To become accredited applicants have to score points in the essential sections.
Four overall gold winners from this year’s scheme will represent Fife at the fourth National Best Bar None awards in Glasgow in March.
Inspector Neil Henderson said: “With Best Bar None now in its eighth year, I am pleased to see the scheme has gone from strength to strength, showing a real commitment from licensees to help provide a safe environment for people to socialise in Fife.
“The awards serve as an excellent platform to promote best practice and public safety and go a long way to supporting our policing plan objectives of tackling crime, creating safer communities, building on success and being there for the community.”
Among winners were: Glenrothes and Markinch: Golden Acorn, Foxtons, The Laurelbank, Styx. Leven: Molly Malones, The Windsor, McPhails, Agenda. St Andrews: Whey Pat Tavern, Central Bar, The Blue Stane, Vic Cafe, Mabells, Ardgowan Hotel, 1 Golf Place.
Kirkcaldy: Betty Nicols, Robert Nairn, The Exchequer, Styx, Toro, Kitty’s and Kandy. Dunfermline: Guildhall & Linen Exchange, The Seven Kings, Collective/Harlem, Urban Lounge & Lourenzos, Brasshouse.