Best Bar None

Best Bar None schemes can be found across the UK. The Leighton-Linslade scheme was launched in 2016 and amazingly 10 venues have now successfully gained accreditation. 

Central Bedfordshire Council Best Bar None

BEST BAR NONE SCHEME: 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.

Would you like to get involved?

If you run or own a premises with an alcohol license in Leighton-Linslade, you can now apply for 2019 accreditation. Join other businesses who demonstrate they have pride in being the best they can be, keeping customer safety a top priority.

Download the application form here and send to Sarah Jewell (details below).

Email Sarah Jewell: or ring 01525 631920.

Sarah can support you with all the information you need for your BBN assessment including guidance and templates. A British Institute of Inn-keeping Assessor will come to your establishment to assess your business. Assessments will be asking place from March – May 2019.


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.
  • Innovation Award
    This award, new in 2019 is to encourage venues to work with their staff to promote the Best Bar None Central Bedfordshire annual theme. This year’s theme is Vulnerability. With more and more cases appearing both locally and nationally, the issue of vulnerability and how venue staff can support vulnerable patrons is increasingly in importance.

For more information on the awards, and to download the Innovation entrance award form click here.

Congratulations to the Leighton-Linslade pubs who achieved 2017/18 Best Bar None accreditation

  • The Black Lion
  • The Golden Bell
  • The Top Bell
  • The Globe Inn
  • The Hare Inn
  • Lancer
  • The Picture House
  • The Stag
  • The Swan Hotel
  • Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club

All the pubs were presented with a Best Bar None plaque at an Awards Ceremony in Astral Park in June.

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 2017/2018:

Overall Winner (points) and People’s Choice Winner: The Golden Bell

Overall (points) Runner-Up: The Globe Inn

People’s Choice Runner-Up: The Black Lion

Highly Commended in 2016 National Awards
Central Bedfordshire’s Best Bar None scheme was highly commended at the Best Bar None Awards, announced at a parliamentary reception in January 2017.

Leighton-Linslade Best Bar None Award Winners 2016/17:
The venues who received accreditation under the scheme in 2016/17 were:

  • The Black Lion
  • The Leighton Buzzard Conservative Club
  • The Golden Bell
  • The Stag
  • The Hare Inn
  • The Dukes
  • The Swan Inn

For more information: 
Central Bedfordshire Council Best Bar None
National Best Bar None

For local information or to join, please contact Sarah Jewell at Leighton-Linslade Town Council: 01525 631919