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Cheers to the best - Bar None

The Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, in Meriden, hosted the first annual Best Bar None awards.

A group of people having fun
A group of people having fun

The Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, in Meriden, hosted the first annual Best Bar None awards.

Solihull’s nightclub, The House took top honours and received the Best Bar accolade on the night.

In partnership with West Midlands Police and the Safer Solihull Partnership, the scheme was created to promote well-managed and safe-licensed premises.

It is being piloted in Solihull’s town centre and will be rolled out across the borough in 2010.

Fifteen licensed premises took part and were scrutinised on how they managed a range of issues including security, safety, responsible drinks and measures to reduce crime, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

The House was commended for ensuring that events take place in a safe environment and for their extensive policies. They also won the category for the best club.

Geoffrey Bramley, general manager of The House, said: “We’re thrilled. It’s a fantastic tribute to the work we have done to increase the standard of service and create a safer environment.”

The Saddlers Arms won the category for best pub, the Slug and Lettuce was voted best bar, the Fat Cat was best restaurant and the Holiday Inn was best hotel.

Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: “Despite the criticism targeted at the drinks industry, your success has shown that Solihull is a safer place for people to visit and you must all be applauded for your efforts.”

An auction and raffle raised over £2,000 for Help for Heroes.

Guest of honour Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, awarded the George Cross after throwing himself on to an exploding grenade in Afghanistan to save his comrades, said: “Thank you for donating to Help for Heroes. It is having a big impact on the lives of soldiers.”



Cathrina Hulse
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