Vote for your Best Bar None!

22 July 2014

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Patrons of local pubs, bars and restaurants can show their appreciation for their favourite establishment, by voting for them in the Woking Advertiser Best Bar None Public Vote Award. Everyone who takes part will be automatically entered into a free prize draw for their chance to win an iPad mini.

Many pubs, bars and restaurants have already registered for Woking's Best Bar None scheme, sponsored by local drinks firm, Miller Brands UK. The scheme, which is now in its third year, aims to promote and encourage the responsible management and operation of licensed premises across the Borough. As an accredited scheme, it seeks to recognise and reward licensed premises that provide a safe, responsible environment in which everyone can enjoy an evening out.

Voting for your favourite pub, bar or restaurant couldn't be easier - from today simply text `BBN' followed by the name of your favourite premises to 66644 (text cost the standard network rate) or visit

Voting closes on Friday 19 September 2014.

As well as the Woking Advertiser Public Vote Award, venues that have registered will have the chance to win one of eight other awards, chosen by an independent panel of judges. The awards are:

  • Best Town Centre Pub

  • Best Local Pub

  • Best Bar

  • Best Restaurant

  • Best Food Led Pub

  • Overall Best Bar None Award

  • Services to Licensing Award

Over the coming weeks, venues will be visited by licensing officers from Woking Borough Council and Surrey Police to assess how well they meet current licensing and trading laws. Those meeting the Best Bar None criteria will be accredited to the scheme and allowed to display a Gold, Silver or Bronze sticker in the window of their premises.

Points will be awarded for steps taken to prevent crime and disorder; plans for ensuring public safety; dealing with public nuisance like noise, litter and waste; and demonstrating steps to protect children from harm, such as having robust proof of age policy in place.

Cllr Graham Cundy, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Licensing, said: "Now in its third year, Best Bar None promises to be a fantastic success once again, with many venues having registered for the scheme. Gratitude must be given to both Miller Brands UK and The Woking Advertiser for their support, as not only does the scheme help make the Borough a healthy and safe place to live, work and socialise, it recognises those premises who really contribute to making a difference in our community. So now it's over to the people of Woking to vote for their favourite pub, bar or restaurant to see them honoured with the title of most popular licensed premises."

Woking Best Bar None is sponsored by Miller Brands, and supported by the Woking Advertiser, Surrey Alcohol Responsibility Initiative (SARI) and Drinkaware.

For more information about the scheme, please contact Sam Marshall on 01483 743650 or email

Further information

Lead sponsor:

Miller Brands is the local operating company for multinational brewer SABMiller. Based in Woking, Miller Brands is responsible for the development of premium beer brands in the UK including Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell, Miller Genuine Draft and the on-trade exclusive Czech lager, Kozel. Via its consistent pricing and distribution discipline, supplemented by engaging marketing activities, Miller Brands is bringing value back into the beer category. And through our diverse workforce and agile, innovative culture we aim to change the way people think about beer. For more information about Miller Brands please visit

Media partner:

The Woking Advertiser has been serving the Woking community since 1864. We are one of the longest running regional titles in the country and have a loyal and dedicated following. As well as news, sport and entertainment we also have community, schools and business sections in our paper and online at

Supported by:

Surrey Alcohol Responsibility Initiative (SARI) is a forum for those working on and interested in addressing local issues related to alcohol - and who share the belief that more can be achieved through positive collaboration.

SARI brings together a range of organisations, including the Police, NHS, Woking Borough Council, local businesses, Eagle Radio and Surrey Chambers of Commerce.

The initiative is focused on Woking and aims to improve alcohol responsibility issues in the local community through a series of initiatives, including the introduction of alcohol awareness sessions in local schools and training for small off-licence retailers, and distributing responsible drinking advice to local businesses.

Drinkaware is an independent, UK-wide charity, which aims to change the UK's drinking habits for the better, by promoting responsible drinking, and using innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm.