It’s gold for Woking’s first 2018 Best Bar None

05 September 2018

The bar was raised last week when The Slug & Lettuce in Woking Town Centre became the first licenced premises, on this year's Best Bar None scheme, to receive gold accreditation.

Spencer Varley, the premises manager, and his team, met all the essential and desirable criteria that achieves a gold level accreditation. The on-the-spot assessment, carried out by two Best Bar None assessors, showed high standards in:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • child protection
  • social responsibility
  • training for staff covering these areas.

Cllr Debbie Harlow, Chair of Woking Borough Council 's Licensing Committee, said: "I am very pleased to present Spencer and his team with the first 2018 gold accreditation for Best Bar None. As a former publican myself, I know how hard it is to maintain high standards in all the areas at all times, when running a licenced premises. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to ensure customers can enjoy themselves in a safe and responsible drinking establishment. The Slug & Lettuce Team are a credit to Woking and its night economy. Well done!"

Spencer Varley, Manager of Slug & Lettuce Woking, said: "The gold accreditation shows that people can come to a safe, fun and friendly venue for their evening out. The accreditation is a great acknowledgement of the team, who work exceptionally hard to deliver these high standards everyday. I'm proud of them. Thank you to my team, head office and our customers."

Lucy Chester, Woking Street Angels, added: "It's great to have the scheme in Woking. Working in partnership with the licenced premises, Surrey Police and the Council shows responsibility to the public. "

With just four weeks left before the closing date of the public vote, Woking's Best Bar None is urging patrons of local pubs, bars and restaurants, to cast their votes in the Woking News & Mail's People's Choice Award. Voting couldnt be easier simply visit

As well as the People's Choice Award, venues that have registered with the scheme have the chance to win one of six other awards, chosen by an independent panel of expert judges. The awards are:

  • Overall Best Bar None Award
  • Best Town Centre Pub
  • Best Local Pub
  • Best Bar
  • Best Dining Experience
  • Asahi Social Responsibility Award.

Woking Best Bar None is sponsored by Asahi UK Ltd, and supported by the Woking News & Mail, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and Surrey County Council. For further information about Woking Best Bar None or to apply, please visit

Alternatively, please contact Chris Norrington, Woking Best Bar None's Project Manager, on 01483 743487 or email