Sunday, 5 July 2009

Viaduct pub wins Leeds’s bar ‘Oscars’

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The Viaduct pub in Lower Briggate is this year’s overall winner in the annual awards to recognise Leeds’s safest, most welcoming and best-managed pubs and bars.

Leeds’s ‘Best Bar None’ ceremony took place on Sunday 5th July 2009 at Alea Casino, Clarence Dock.

The event, which is organised by Safer Leeds, the city’s crime reduction partnership, is now in its 3rd year.

55 pubs and bars were entered for the awards, which included categories for best bar, best club, best pub, best door team, a listeners’ award run by Radio Aire and an overall winner.

Best Bar None rewards licensees who provide good management and a safe environment for customers. It encourages licensees to act responsibly and take pride in their premises and surroundings.

In awarding the overall prize to the Viaduct, the judges complimented the dedication of all the pub’s management and staff to ensuring their customers are safe and well looked-after.

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member for community safety and chair of Safer Leeds said:
“Leeds has some of the best bars and clubs in the country, and we want to keep it that way.

“The Best Bar None awards give us the opportunity to recognise and reward licensees who provide good management, a safe and enjoyable environment for customers, discourage binge drinking and prevent alcohol-related crime.”

The winners in each category are as follows:
Overall winner: The Viaduct, Lower Briggate
Best Bar: Napa, Street Lane, Roundhay
Best Pub: The Viaduct, Lower Briggate
Best Club: Flares, Boar Lane, Leeds
Best Security Team: University of Leeds
Radio Aire Listener’s Award: Northern Monkey, Headrow

Notes:
• Safer Leeds is the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) dedicated to tacking drugs and crime in the city. It is a partnership organisation between a number of local agencies including Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police, NHS Leeds, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and West Yorkshire Police Authority.
• Best Bar None is a UK-wide scheme, which is backed by the Home Office. It was piloted in Manchester in 2003 and has since been adopted by over thirty other Towns and Cities with great success.

/ENDS

For further information contact:
John Donegan
(0113) 247 4450 (mon-wed am) (0113) 395 1510 (wed pm-fri)
john.donegan@leeds.gov.uk