We all missed out on ‘Best Bar’ platform

Manager of Pinkertons Bar in Glenrothes, Clare Wheelan
Manager of Pinkertons Bar in Glenrothes, Clare Wheelan
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The manager of a Glenrothes bar and restauarant has expressed her disappointment at the cancellation of local awards which recognised the hardworking efforts of businesses in the hospitality trade.

Claire Wheelan, who runs Pinkertons in the town’s Pinkerton Road, said she had put a lot of hard work into the Best Bar None Awards inspection process for the lounge bar - to be sure it had the best possible chance of securing an accolade - both locally and nationally.

Due to the continued absence of the key member of staff, the Fife achievers were not forwarded for national consideration and as such we acknowledge the disappointment of the entrants.

Scott Murray

But no participants from Fife were put forward to the national awards.

Claire said: “We were looking forward to the local awards in November, but these were cancelled by Fife Police due to unforeseen circumstances and the awards were just handed out to each premises.

‘‘I received a Gold award in the pub category but nobody contacted us to say who won each section and to this day we still do not know.

“No congratulations were offered - only a promise of the winners of each category being notified and nominated for the national awards in March.

“This didn’t happen due to police staffing issue, resulting in no Fife premises appearing in the national awards.

“As a national winner in 2012 and a local winner for Fife five times I feel the hard work and time put into this process has been wasted and in this current difficult climate for the pub trade my efforts could have been spent elsewhere.”

Scott Murray, temporary police inspector in charge of the Fife Division’s Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit, confirmed they were unable to accommodate a local awards ceremony this year due to a staffing issue and apologised for the Fife winners not being forwarded to the national Best Bar None Awards.

He said: “Immediately prior to the allocation of the 2014 awards an unfortunate unpredicted situation arose within the Alcohol and Violence Reduction Department whereby a key member of staff went off on long term sick leave.

“As such Fife Division were unable to accommodate an actual awards ceremony and all the winners were contacted and made aware of this. The actual award plaques were then distributed to those premises.

“Due to the continued absence of the key member of staff, the Fife achievers were not forwarded for national consideration and as such we acknowledge the disappointment of the entrants.”

He added: “Once again we can only apologise for the unforeseen staffing issue that has led to this situation.”