The Best Bar None Scheme was first introduced across Leighton-Linslade in 2016. The scheme  was Highly Commended in the National Best Bar None Awards 2016, in two categories: Best New Scheme (Leighton-Linslade) and Most Innovative Scheme.

Central Bedfordshire Council coordinate the scheme on behalf of the multi-agency steering group and partners involved in supporting the Best Bar None Central Bedfordshire scheme.

The Best Bar None Award is implemented on an annual basis to ensure that the standards promoted through the scheme are maintained. You can see which venues achieved the Award in Leighton-Linslade as they will display the plaque and have a sticker displayed in their windows.

Licencees: What are the benefits of joining?
  • The scheme promotes and builds good relationships between premises, local police and local authorities
  •  Receiving accreditation shows that your premises has a commitment to operate to a high standard
  • National evidence indicates that BBN can increase footfall to business by creating a safer night-time economy
  • By receiving BBN accreditation your venue will be part of a marketing campaign promoting the scheme
  • You receive a BBN plaque and window sticker to proudly display in your venue.
Licencees: Would you like to get involved?

 Join other businesses who demonstrate they have pride in being the best they can be, keeping customer safety a top priority.

If you chose to enter the scheme, you will be given assessment documentation so that you can see what standards and information you need to have in place.  At an agreed date and time, a  British Institute of Inn-keeping Assessor will meet with you to undertake the assessment. We want everyone to achieve the Award. Our aim is to be supportive towards undertaking the actions needed to secure the Award. We also want the Award to mean something to you and your customers so we will revoke the Award if licencees are not able to demonstratively deliver the standards assessed in the year of the given Award.


The 2020 Award scheme has been postponed for 2020 due to Covid-19. Instead, a review is taking place of the scheme nationally and locally in readiness for the next open invitation to participate, likely to take place in 2021.

For more information contact:

Chloe Guffogg –

Safer Business  Officer

Tel:  0300 300 5688

All venues who achieve Best Bar None accreditation receive a plaque and window sticker to proudly display in venue. In addition, awards are in place to commend and further publicise those venues who go above and beyond the basic criteria in the following ways:

  • Overall winner & Runner-up
    A points based award. The venue who has achieved the most points in their assessment will be awarded overall winner.
  • Peoples Vote Winner & Runner-up
    This award is voted on by the public. See in venue and on social media for more information.
2019 Best Bar None Accreditation

A very well done to the Leighton-Linslade pubs who achieved 2019 Best Bar None Accreditation

  • The Lancer
  • The Picture House
  • The Stag
  • The Swan Hotel
  • Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club
  • Ollie Vees
  • Astral Park Sports & Community Centre

All the venues were presented with a Best Bar None plaque at an Awards Ceremony in Creasey Park Community Football Centre, Dunstable along with venues in Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

Pubs will display their plaques on premises so you can easily identify which local pubs achieved Best Bar None – demonstrating their commitment to improve the services for and safety of their customers.

In addition, the pubs which scored the highest points in their assessment and the ones who won the most votes in the Public Vote received an award

Leighton-Linslade Best Bar None Award Winners 2019:

Overall Joint Winners (points): The Lancer and The Picture House 

People’s Choice Winner: The Picture House

Overall (points) Runner-Up: The Swan Hotel

People’s Choice Runner-Up: Ollie Vees