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Best Bar None awards launched at Carlisle pub

Drinking establishments are being asked to raise the bar this summer as part of a competition to find the best pub, club or bar.

Manager Carol Hammon: ‘It is going to have a totally separate nightclub upstairs called Reef’

The Best Bar None awards were launched at the Walkabout bar in Carlisle’s Botchergate, which was one of last year’s winners.

The scheme, which is open to licensees in Carlisle and Penrith, aims to encourage owners to provide good management, a safe and enjoyable environment for customers, to discourage binge-drinking and prevent alcohol-related crime.

It is operated under the Carlisle and Eden Community Safety Partnership and Carlisle and Eden District Council Licensing Officers.

Carlisle city councillor Les Tickner said: “We are delighted to be working with the late-night entertainment trade in Carlisle and Penrith to raise standards and highlight the good work of responsible licensees.

“It is an excellent scheme because it enables professionals in the industry to be recognised for their good work.

“By raising the standards, licensees are benefiting their city, which has to be good news for everyone whether they are visitors, residents or people working in Carlisle.”

Chief Inspector Rod MacKay of Cumbria Police said: “Best Bar None will be an excellent opportunity to work with licensed premises, building on the great work that the Multi- Agency Problem Solving Unit and partners are doing to ensure that north Cumbria is a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.”

All pubs, clubs and bars in the area will receive an application form to enter the competition.

For more details call 01228 817523 or email

  • Last year’s Carlisle winners were the Turf Tavern for best pub, Lloyds No. 1 for best bar, Walkabout for best club and the Graham Arms Hotel in Longtown for best rural premises.

Additionally, the CFM Radio People's Choice for Carlisle was Club Rock.

The Penrith winner for best pub was The General Wolfe, the best bar was The Lounge, the best club was The Warehouse and the best rural premises was The Kings Arms, Shap.

The CFM Radio People's Choice for Penrith went to The Lounge.


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